Friday, March 27, 2009
Involuntary Unrest in Powhatan.........................
I previously posted information about this case on my other blog
my newsletter HERE
It was a story that touched our entire community. Kids that hated each other, taunted each other, bullied each other, involved in drugs............. and resulted in death and serious wounding by an AK47. We don't live in a large community, a growing RURAL community. It is NOT commonplace for a murder to take place, especially a murder / wounding by guns of a child. I can remember a few (under a handful) of other murders involving children over the last 20 years I have lived here, but this one.................... this one...................... touched us all in some way, even if we did not know any of the parties involved.
It has all of the makings of a movie (maybe there will be one I dunno) drugs, sex, car chase, violence, good guys, bad guys, etc etc............ and our county had to endure the tragedy which by the grace of God isn't an everyday occurance. In fact had this happened in LA or NY or Chicago it may have passed with a simple shrug of the shoulders by those that were not related with a fleeting thought "another one bites the dust!" In our community it was and is ANYTHING but this sentiment, rather it was and remains a TRAGEDY. Everyone in our county has been touched in some way by this "accidental?" murder. I am thankful that I live in a county where this is still shocking to us when something this horrific occurs in our neighborhoods. I know that this is the exception and not the rule in America.
THE verdict is in........... all three that were prosecuted were convicted of "Involuntary Manslaughter" ............. DEFINED BY WIKIPEDIA.COM as: "Involuntary manslaughter, sometimes called criminally negligent homicide in the United States, gross negligence manslaughter in England and Wales or culpable homicide in Scotland, occurs where there's no intention to kill or cause serious injury, but death is due to recklessness or criminal negligence."
There are residents of our county that are unhappy and others that are happy with the jurors decisions in this case. The demonstrators and protesters are gathering with signs and asking that you show displeasure in the verdict(s). The Richmond Times Dispatch is covering the events and little ole P-Town is plastered on the Front Page. Public awareness is high and continues to be heightened by the media even the preteens and tweens at school have drawn lines in the sand at the playground on this issue. Cars, trucks, tshirts, tattoos etc all show support for the young man who died. No matter what your thoughts are on this matter there are no "do overs" we are all in a state of "Involuntary Unrest"
Photo Credits: Ayshia Reilly, RTD, friends of Tahliek