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Call for help linked to soldier's slaying

Suspect says he defended sister from MP

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The shooting of two Fort Gordon military police officers followed an allegation that one of them choked a girl, whose brother called the men now charged with murder.

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Military police officer Albert Gilbert, 25, says he is still recovering, physically and emotionally, after being shot the night DeAngelo Hudgins died.   Special
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Military police officer Albert Gilbert, 25, says he is still recovering, physically and emotionally, after being shot the night DeAngelo Hudgins died.

Former Evans High basketball star Tony Davis fought with one of the soldiers, DeAngelo Hudgins, before Hudgins was shot, Richmond County sheriff's Capt. Scott Peebles said.

Davis also called Erik Williams Jr., 20, and Edwin Cruz, 21, who are now charged in Hudgins' death, and asked for their help.

"I don't think (Davis) said, 'Come shoot these guys,' or 'Come kill these guys,' " Peebles said. "I think they just said to come help."

Davis said he had shoved Hudgins, knocking him to the ground, but only because he was defending his sister.

"Earlier that night, he (Hudgins) had choked my sister out," Davis said. "My girlfriend called me crying and screaming."

Davis said he arrived at a gathering in Sanctuary Apartments in Augusta and saw Hudgins in the street arguing with his girlfriend.

"He was really drunk," Davis said of Hudgins. "He ran up on me, and I pushed him."

Hudgins and fellow MP Albert Gilbert then left. Davis said he called Williams and Cruz.

In the meantime, Hudgins and Gilbert returned, Davis said, and beat on his girlfriend's front door, demanding to speak with Davis.

"As soon as we heard the beating on the door, we called the police," Davis said. "Five minutes later, we heard the gunshots. I automatically think to myself, 'It was E.J. (Williams).' "

Seven people have been connected to the July 18 shooting of the two military police officers.

Davis was one of five charged with making false statements to police.

"We were all scared, the whole group of us," said Davis, 18. "We were scared for our lives. ...

"How can I snitch on these guys with them all out on the loose? It was a long time before I ever stepped out of my door. It put me in a bad predicament."

Davis said he admitted to Peebles that he had lied when he said he had not called Williams and Cruz.

Police arrested Williams, 20, and Cruz, 21, in the shooting death of Hudgins on Thursday.

Gilbert, 25, was shot in the stomach and suffered a fractured hip. On Friday, he said he's still recovering, physically and emotionally.

"We were best friends," he said of Hudgins.

Others charged with making false statements included Davis' 19-year-old sister Shardae Davis, of the 500 block of Wendover Way; his 19-year-old girlfriend, Jasmine Johnson, of the 5000 block of Sanctuary Drive; Trenee Johnson, 20, also of the 5000 block of Sanctuary Drive; and Crystal Pryear, 18, of the 1300 block of Wickham Court. All were released on bond Friday, according to Richmond County jailers.

Columbia County authorities originally discovered the gun used in the shootings Aug. 6 after stopping a vehicle for running a red light. Officers searched the vehicle after smelling marijuana, according to an incident report.

The gun's serial number had been filed off, but officers determined the weapon had been stolen from a Martinez residence in November.

The juvenile driver admitted he got the weapon from Williams, police said. Tests at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab in Atlanta confirmed it was the one that killed Hudgins.

Gilbert said after he got shot, it seemed as though there was "a time lapse." Covered in blood, he ran to the girls' apartment for help. He said he asked them to call 911, but they wouldn't.

"They were too hysterical," he said.

He couldn't remember what happened between when he was shot and when he ran to the apartment.

Gilbert said he had to call 911 from his cell phone while lying on the living room floor. It wasn't until he was placed in the ambulance that he saw Hudgins again and realized they had both been shot.

Peebles said authorities don't believe that Davis meant for anyone to get hurt.

"There's no indication that (Davis) called anybody to come and kill anybody or shoot anybody," Peebles said. "They (Williams and Cruz) go over there because they know there is an altercation. They've got a handgun. They don't really know what's going on, but they're going to help their friend, Tony."

Gilbert said Friday he was troubled that no one would confess to authorities what had happened that night.

"It upset me because why wouldn't you want to help another American and find the killer?" he said.

Evans High basketball coach Kevin Kenny said he was unsure Friday how this incident might affect Davis' college basketball career. Davis signed a letter of intent in May to play at East Georgia College in Swainsboro.

East Georgia Assistant Director of Athletics Neil Bailey refused to comment Friday on Davis' future at the junior college.

Killings in Augusta area since July 2

 The 11 homicide victims since July 2 and an update on police efforts to catch their killers:

Jquanda Johnson

Johnson was found in her apartment on the 800 block of Spruce Street on July 2. Neighbors had grown concerned after not seeing her for several days. She was stabbed to death.

Authorities have a suspect and are awaiting DNA results, said Richmond County sheriff's Capt. Scott Gay.

Darnell Lorenzo Brown, 19

Brown was shot in the head during a July 4 barbecue on the 1900 block of Second Avenue. Two others, ages 19 and 12, were also shot.

Jerome Jerrod "Dirt" Sturgis, 22, was apprehended as a suspect in the slaying on July 14.

Jeramie Anthony Hammonds, 20, and Kayla Marie Wells, 19

The couple's bodies were found July 5 in a wooded area off Glenn Hills Drive with multiple gunshot wounds.

No arrests have been made. Peebles said investigators are pursuing a number of active leads.

Gene Goode Bailey, 84

Bailey, who was in the final stages of dementia, was found in her home at the 3200 block of Dresden Way on July 16,  suffocated with a plastic bag. Authorities labeled her death a mercy killing.

Her husband, retired surgeon Henry Wright Bailey, 84, is being held as a suspect in his wife's death.

Deangelo Rondelle Hudgins, 25

Hudgins, a Fort Gordon military police officer, died after being shot in the chest on July 18 at the 5000 block of Sanctuary Drive.

Erik Albert Williams Jr., 20, and Edwin Manuel Cruz Jr., 21, are being held as suspects in the shooting. Five others are charged with making false statements to police.

David Lee Johnson, 23

Johnson was found in his Sunset Villa apartment at the 1700 block of Essie McIntyre Bourlevard on July 21 after being stabbed in the chest.

His wife, Alicia Washington Johnson, 35, is being held as a suspect. The couple had a history of domestic violence.

Eric Dale Philips, 21

Philips' body was found in Meadowlark Park  on July 21 with gunshot wounds.

Marcus Darnell Richardson, 26, turned himself in to authorities  on July 23.

Misty Weegar, 41

Weegar's body was found in her home at the 300 block of High Meadows Place in Grovetown on Wednesday. She had been beaten and stabbed several times.

Michael Todd Williams, 40, is being held as a suspect in the slaying. Williams and Weegar had been in a relationship for around eight months.

Yana Schenker, 75

Schenker's body, burned beyond recognition, was found on Wednesday in her home at the 100 block of Paddock Bend in Aiken.

Aiken County authorities are searching for suspects in the woman's death, which they think might be linked to another burned body found the same day on Old Storm Branch Road.

Unknown

Aiken County authorities discovered the burned body of a young white woman after responding to a brush fire on Old Storm Branch Road on Wednesday.

Authorities are investigating.

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1CowboyFan
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1CowboyFan 08/13/10 - 12:22 pm
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Typical.

Typical.

seeingmuchclearer
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seeingmuchclearer 08/13/10 - 12:43 pm
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Doesn't surprise me, my son

Doesn't surprise me, my son played against his summer league team in an aau tournament.

justus4
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justus4 08/13/10 - 01:05 pm
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How about the facts before
Unpublished

How about the facts before printing "hearsay" because the article appears to be a lot of speculations. Then to factor in events from the past and have those events pose as a so-called "motive" constitutes a stretch. So according to the article, we're suppose to believe that Davis told the alleged shooters to "go shoot them" and they did. To believe that, U must not think very much of the intelligence of the individuals involved, or that some people are so dumb they'll believe anything, or some people are so dumb they'll do anything - if told.

lifelongresidient
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lifelongresidient 08/13/10 - 01:05 pm
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wait let me see the "coach"

wait let me see the "coach" said he never had any dicipline problems?!?!?!?!?!?! WHAT IS ALMOST GETTING INTO A FIGHT DURING AN ORGANIZED B-BALL GAME GETTING EJECTED THEN RUNNING BACK ON THE FLOOR IN AN ATTEMPT TO ATTACK THE OPPOSING PLAYER AGAIN??? oh let me guess he's an at risk youth who is prone to outbursts because of pent up rage due to single parent household

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Chillen 08/13/10 - 01:27 pm
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Here's a guy who has a

Here's a guy who has a fantastic God-given, natural talent. He is so stupid that he gets involved in this situation and puts his scholarship at risk. If convicted of wrongdoing he can kiss that goodbye. What an idiot.

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SouthAugustan 08/13/10 - 01:34 pm
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From the way it sounds, he

From the way it sounds, he learned how to fight from his mama... go figure!

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KingJames 08/13/10 - 01:37 pm
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This kid has just thrown away

This kid has just thrown away his future. Though he didn't pull the trigger, and didn't tell his friends to come over and shoot anybody, he seems to have been a hothead who didn't mind fighting. This was good work by the CCSO. The sloppy work by the CCSO was the slap on the wrist in April for the fight at the gym. I don't know what the statute of limitations are for that incident, but I think it's kind of late to try to come up with extra charges for this guy now. I don't know if the sheriff thinks he's a flight risk and would like to use these charges to try to keep Davis locked up until his trial, or if he thinks Davis would be a threat to society if he is freed on bond. If he and his mom were merely cited for non-aggravated assualt and battery in April, I don't see how the sheriff can come up with anything additional. If he can, there's something wrong with the justice system. For this case, however, Davis is no murderer, but he does have some responsibility in a death. These kids today need to know and understand there are consequences for breaking the law. Punish the killers and the liars appropriately. I'm sorry Davis probably get a chance to play college ball, but he needs to learn some life lessons that college probably wouldn't have been able to teach him anyway. Life isn't about being a thug, and if you want to advance at all you have to give up the thugged out-mad-at-the-world mentality.

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ballin66 08/13/10 - 01:53 pm
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First of all lifelong, his

First of all lifelong, his aau coach is not his high school coach. And to anyone predicting his demise, my question to you is how do you know? Some people believe in giving people chances. I totally agree that is was a stupid act on his behalf. I know all the "thug" comments are coming, but he is far from that. Immature? For sure. Getting into a fight doesn't make him responsible for the murder. That is insane! Those idiots that went over with the guns are responsible for the murder! Put the responsibility where it lies. Maybe you all should read the article again where it clearly states that there is no indication that he called anyone to come over and shoot those guys!

lifelongresidient
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lifelongresidient 08/13/10 - 02:10 pm
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hold on everyone, here comes

hold on everyone, here comes the enablers lead by ballin66, "wait you guys it wasn't his fault" go ahead ballin66 blame someone else..what you fail to realize is this individual had an opportunity to tell the authorities what he knows and where the individuals who shot the solders could be found....what did he do????? tell me ballin66 what did he do, i guess you skip the part were he refused to cooperate with the police..sounds like he may be in a gang as well as a so-called "b-ball star" so yes he should be put in jail and his life destroyed/ruined or what ever you want to call it. he made the decision not to cooperate with the police, no one twisted his arm. whether aau high school b-ball team it is hard to believe the coach didn't know his character or if he was a dicipline problem, being he coached him and i am sure where he got upset with opponets or even teammates...but ballin66 just look to excuse away his poor choices given his prior citation to non-aggravated battery w/his mom it was only a matter of time beofre he hurt or killed someone himself. i am glad he is off the streets and he should stay off until the (dead)soldier walks up to the judge and personally requests mercy for mr. davis(since the soldier is deceased, that means NEVER)

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sassygirl352 08/13/10 - 02:21 pm
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ALL I CAN SAY IS GO FIGURE.

ALL I CAN SAY IS GO FIGURE. IT LOOKS LIKE THE APPLE DOESN'T FALL FAR FROM THE TREE. HE COULD HAVE HAD THE WORLD NOW HE SITS IN JAIL WITH NO FUTURE. MAYBE WHEN HE GETS OUT HE WILL FIND GOD.

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StevieWonder 08/13/10 - 02:27 pm
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What's a residient?

What's a residient?

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sidetracked 08/13/10 - 02:30 pm
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The headline SHOULD be

The headline SHOULD be re-written in my opinion. "Linked to shooting" sounds to anyone reading like there is evidence that points to him as the possible shooter. The article seems fair enough, but I have no idea if the details are accurate or not, especially considering that I've seen two Chronicle stories recently containing what I know to be sloppy mistakes.

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Sweet son 08/13/10 - 02:36 pm
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Anything that you think

Anything that you think people won"t do; they will!!!!!

follower
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follower 08/13/10 - 02:44 pm
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Here ya go Justus, “There’s

Here ya go Justus,
“There’s no indication that (Davis) called anybody to come and kill anybody or shoot anybody,” Peebles said. “They (Williams and Cruz) go over there because they know there is an altercation. They’ve got a handgun. They don’t really know what’s going on, but they’re going to help their friend, Tony.”

They are not saying he told the others to gun the soldiers down. They plainly said he and his sister were arrested for lying to officials.

Did you read the article? Did you comprehend the article? Or, did you immediately jump to his defense because of race? No, No, Yes.

I ususally ignore anything with your name attached, but couldn't let you get away with your race-baiting ways on this one.

Mr. Davis didn't get arrested because he's black. He he got arrested because he's stupid.

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laurenhope296 08/13/10 - 03:07 pm
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okay im not defending him by

okay im not defending him by any means but i graduated with tony and he is an amazing friend and some of you ppl are seriously acting like he was gonna blow up our school or something, and the fight that happened at the game, um hello its called team rivalry, do i think it was right no but hello ! boys fight all the time over stupid things like a game so chill, and i think that what he did was wrong but he was a great friend to have so you ppl getting on here talking trash is ridiculous when you dont even know him, and "lifelongresident" cool your jets okay your not the president, yes what he did was wrong and im not defending him on being wrong but ppl attacking him is wrong too, why cant you just live your own lives and let the authorites deal with it what you say isnt gonna change what the law ssays or what happens in the case.. sorry

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laurenhope296 08/13/10 - 03:09 pm
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and no i dont agree with him

and no i dont agree with him lieing in court and i dont have his back on that but i mean ppl do you really think what you say is gonna change the courts mind ? nopeeeeeeee it wont ! :)

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fish2 08/13/10 - 03:20 pm
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Another star bites the dust!

Another star bites the dust! He does have responsibility in the death of the soldier and will pay with his future one way or another.

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follower 08/13/10 - 03:28 pm
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Lauren, are you sure you want

Lauren, are you sure you want "amazing" friends like this? Mr. Davis has made a stupid mistake that could change the course of his life. That is very unfortunate. I truly hope a young, promising life can recover.

What you may want to do is learn that the people you hang around with could have dire consequences for your life. You sound very innocent and somewhat naive, but what if you had been with this "amazing" friend when this happened?

There is not a person alive that has not made mistakes. But within a few months time, Mr. Davis has shown suspect character with regards to his composure and judgement. Proceed with your life cautiously, and the best of luck.

Right or wrong, you are known by the company you keep.

Luckyme1
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Luckyme1 08/13/10 - 03:32 pm
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lifelongresidient - I see you

lifelongresidient - I see you only came on here to STEREOTYPE. I didn't read where he was in a gang, nor did I read that he was from a single parent household.

dani
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dani 08/13/10 - 03:32 pm
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lauren, it is important that

lauren, it is important that you choose your friends wisely.
Think about it.

andywarhol
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andywarhol 08/13/10 - 03:36 pm
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Not surprised.

Not surprised.

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3g 08/13/10 - 03:38 pm
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Hey , looks like the

Hey , looks like the CCNews-Times is learning from the AC how to rile folks up with speculation - instead of actually reporting news , these " reporters " spin , fabricate and incite readers to hate each other .

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follower 08/13/10 - 03:40 pm
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Lifelong, I just went back

Lifelong, I just went back and read what your wrote. Do you want to see a life destroyed? Wow. Teenagers do stupid things, and yes they must face the consequences. But wouldn't you rather this young man see the error of his ways and become a productive citizen? While many do not, are you willing to throw out the baby with the bath water?

You may want to have someone help you find out what would make you espouse such anger and hate.

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ispy4u 08/13/10 - 04:25 pm
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Did you mean " their" nature

Did you mean " their" nature and culture? With your user's name, we all know what your nature and culture.

Bacon Grease
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Bacon Grease 08/13/10 - 04:44 pm
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Must be some of the section

Must be some of the section eight rubbish from the projects that closed in Richmond County.

bettyboop
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bettyboop 08/13/10 - 05:43 pm
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Well "mom" raised a chip off

Well "mom" raised a chip off the old block.....gotta loVe it.Another example of poor parenting and criminal behavior.....way to go mom!
Are you not so proud?

lifelongresidient
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lifelongresidient 08/13/10 - 05:52 pm
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follower i don't have any

follower i don't have any anger or hate, the fact is it is mr. davis and his actions along with his mother that has the anger and hate, i played hich school and college b-ball i didn't go after an opposing player, get ejected then run back on the court in an attempt to attack him again. i didn't have any friends or associates who KILLED A SOLDIER and i refused to cooperate with the police, so tell me follower who has the anger and hate??? talking about the destroyed life, what about the soldier that was killed??? what about his life???? this individual KNEW THE PEOPLE WHO SHOT AND KILLED THE SOLDIER...so tell me follower what did mr. davis do???HE REFUSED TO COOPERATE!!!! so it's time followere that the youth of today are shown that there are indeed consequences for actions and decisions made both good and bad, he had an opportunity to go to college get an education and play ball, but a BAD DECISION BY HIM AND HIM ALONE IS THE REASON WHY HE MAY LOSE IT ALL...so follower you need to quit enabling this young man or trying to make excuses for him because when it is all said and done here is one thing you must realize...A MAN WAS SHOT AND KILLED, DECENT LAW-ABIDING FOLKS WOULD COOPERATE AND ASSIST LAW ENFORCEMENT TO CATCH WHO DID THIS WHY???? becuase it could be someony you know or related to next time that is injuried or killed by these same two individuals......your name fits you "follower" you probably are what ever popular opinion or political correctness tell you to believe you believe and go along with the crowd...like this situation it was not i who refused to cooperate with the police to ASSIST THEM IN SOLVING A MURDER!!!

lifelongresidient
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lifelongresidient 08/13/10 - 05:56 pm
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hey luckey since you know me

hey luckey since you know me so well how do you know i am not black as well???? you don't the fact is mr. davis refused to cooperate with the police in a murder investigation..i guess you never heard the individuals who made "don't snitch tee shirts"..why don't you ask any law enforcement offices about the "code of the streets"...how many assaults in richmond county occurred and the victim REFUSED TO TESTIFY OR GIVE COPS ANY INFORMATION ON THE PERSON WHO ASSAULTED THEM.....it is you luckey who are sterotyping...you assume i am of a splecific color and it is you who has prejudged me and uyou never met me...think about that!!!!

lifelongresidient
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lifelongresidient 08/13/10 - 05:59 pm
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hey lucky read it again, they

hey lucky read it again, they identified his mother, why so quick to do that why not say his parents, i said since he refused to assist the police "he could be in or associated with a gang or those in a gang"..i guess you never heard of the "stop snitching code" or seen a "stop snitching tee shirt" that is widely sold in the inner cities

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follower 08/13/10 - 06:07 pm
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Lifelong, if you read the

Lifelong, if you read the post, I'm not defending anyone. I said only that he WILL have to face the consequences and my only hope is that he will see the error of his ways.

The point was that you are for "destroying" Mr. Davis' life. He may well have done that on his own. But if the article is correct, Mr. Davis didn't pull the trigger. That he lied and obstructed justice is his crime if true, and it seems that it is. I'm for the justice system taking its course.

Follower is the name I choose to represent a "follower of Jesus". And as such, I believe there are consequences we must pay for wrong, as I do in this case. But to want to "destroy" and individual for the crime reported shows a complete disregard for life and forgiveness. God help you.

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