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There are many families and other love ones who have suffered the ultimate loss. The sudden death of a son or daughter is a parent's worst nightmare.
Majority of us have been to a place we shouldn't have went at some point in our lives. Many instances, no sign of present danger existed at the time. There are times where victims are caught in the wrong place at the wrong time, with the wrong people. That doesn't neccesarily make them "guilty" of any wrong doing. The phrase "guilt by association" is often stretched to its' capacity before all the facts are given. Assumptions only lead to trial and error, not conviction.
Right is right and wrong is wrong. It's never right to take someone's life unless your own is in "immediate" jeopardy in lieu of defending one's self. Money is "never" an option but more like the root of all evil for many who thirst the power of "green".
Furthermore, there are those who fear retaliation to come forward with information that would lead to justice. With threats of physical violence similar to the same crimes committed, people tend to turn a cold shoulder and become mum at the lips.
Saint Matthew; Chapter 10, Verse 28
And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
Law Enforcement has been accused for decades on numerous occasions of "not" doing enough, lacking the desire and intent to solve cases involving African - American victims, compared to the white counterpart. That old adage of, "we get what we deserve" is often used by those who speculate that blacks are just as much the criminals than victims. If that's the case, what good is it to have a system of justice, if it's only going to work based on status, gender, race and other discriminatory factors?
Therefore as people, we have to get involved and make a difference. Don't let victims of violent crimes be left, with a "cold hand".
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(Pictured left) From L to R: Lennis Harris Jr, Juan Coleman, Jonathan Skinner and Jamel Holloway, age - range 24-27 years old at time of death.
On November 19, 2005 the victims were shot execution - style in the Breckenridge Townhouse complex on Alpine Road in Durham, N.C. One victim who survived, jumped out the window to escape death. Another victim who survived, apparently was the one who opened the door for the perpetrators. The college - educated, well groomed, young men had enjoyed watching a football game together that day. Rodrick Vernard Duncan is awaiting trial in this case on four counts of 1st - degree murder, one count of attempted murder and robbery. According to witnesses, three men were seen fleeing the scene:
One was described as a black male with a light complexion, standing 6 feet to 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighing 180 pounds. He was wearing dark jeans and a black-and-white jacket.
The second man fleeing the scene was described as a stocky black male, standing 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 200 pounds. He was wearing a burgundy flight jacket and jeans.
The third man was described as a black male with a medium complexion, standing 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 170 pounds. He was wearing a black flight jacket and blue jeans.
An addition to the Crime Stoppers reward, the Governor's Crime Commission is also offering up to $10,000 for information leading to an arrest in the case.
Anyone with leads should contact Durham Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200 or Durham police at 919-560-4440 ext 260
This had to been one of the most horrific crimes that has ever taken place in Durham, N.C. A quadruple murder doesn't happen anywhere every day.
Creg Keith Johnson (below) (35 yrs old) was working at the Line-Up Barbershop as a Barber in Fayetteville, N.C. when he was murdered November 19, 2005. Creg was shot five times. Who would think that their last breath would be taken trying to make a living? This goes to show, we aren't completely safe anywhere.
Zaquavia Charne' Kingsberry (left) (33 yrs old) also knowned as "Qua" resided in Raleigh, N.C. "Qua" was majoring in her final year of accounting from Strayer University, single - mother of two, worked two jobs and had just purchased a home months before her death on July 14, 2010 in Atlanta, G.A.
Zaquavia had made good progress with her life. Most people wouldn't consider this a cold case because of the time frame. As a woman, the way her life was tragically taken, is "cold - hearted" itself, along with the person or people involved in her death.
Critics would probably say most of these victims above were involved illegally with something that caused their deaths. In my opinion, we all have short comings and make mistakes before we can get it right. I haven't met a saint yet who has lived a perfect life. That's part of the learning and growing process of living. We all have a past whether you are a pro athlete, model, writer, singer, judge or any other profession.
We as people have to "always" be more observant, vigilant, conscious of our surroundings, who we allow in our lives and never get enough of praying. Loving one another, being that extra pair of eyes to see and ears to listen can make a difference. When God sends us warning signs, it's a signal to take a better route. Ignoring that warning, can result in being our "last".
To be continued......