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INNER-CITY GUN VIOLENCE



Published: Wed, August 22, 2012 @ 12:11 a.m.

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Bryce Linebaugh, 2012

By Ashley Luthern

and Denise Dick

news@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

The mother of a Warren boy killed by gun violence three years ago says there are no words that can ease the pain of losing a child.

“I can’t say that with time it will get better,” said Pam McCoy, whose son Lloyd McCoy Jr., 11, was killed in a drive-by shooting in 2009. “Time doesn’t make it better. It makes things more tolerable but not better.”

Innocent children shouldn’t be victims of gunplay, she said.

“I don’t understand why it continues to happen,” McCoy said. “Until you can get to the fundamental reason of why it’s happening, it’s going to continue to happen.”

The most recent Youngstown victim of gun violence is 8-year-old Bryce Linebaugh, killed when bullets from an assault rifle pierced his East Side home early Monday. A total of 10 unborn children and children under 12 in the Mahoning Valley have been killed since 1996 because of gun violence — nine in Youngstown.

Police Chief Rod Foley says part of the reason is the prevalence of firearms and the individuals who use them indiscriminately.

“An assault weapon is a status symbol out there. They call them choppers,” Foley said.

With an assault weapon — which leaves wounds like those seen on a battlefield — many people, especially youths who may pick them up, don’t realize the bullets can go through several walls before they stop, he added.

The battlefield comparison may be apt in another category: post-traumatic stress disorder.

Earlier this year, the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Violence Prevention presented research showing higher prevalence of PTSD among American children living in high-crime urban neighborhoods than American soldiers deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, according to the National League of Cities.

Judge Theresa Dellick of Mahoning County Juvenile Court said PTSD and trauma related to violence is prevalent in the children who come in the justice center on East Scott Street.

“PTSD affects many of students because if you’re around so much violence, you can become numb, and the opposite is you can become very antsy,” Judge Dellick said.

She added that trauma affects everyone differently.

“If we could teach resiliency — that would be the best thing we could teach [children] how to bounce back,” she said.

The Rev. Edward Noga, who has served as a Youngstown police chaplain for about 15 years, said often adults and children struggle to make sense of something that defies explanation, such as an 8-year-boy being murdered in his bed.

“Senseless — that’s a common word used in these situations. I think we can be tempted to lose our faith in humanity when we hear or see these things, but that’s all the more reason to bring religion to bear, if people have a religious faith,” Father Noga said. “It won’t explain away the situation but it offers some consolation.”

Father Noga, pastor at St. Patrick Church on the city’s South Side, said when he is called out to a crime scene, he does a lot of listening.

“We tend to want to explain things, and you just can’t,” Father Noga said.

When McCoy hears about another innocent child killed by violence, it makes her angry.

“It brings back all the memories, all the feelings you experienced when it happened to you,” she said. “You can’t imagine the hurt of losing a child. They’re isolated feelings you can share, but no one really understands.”

Lloyd would be 15 if he were alive today and a high school sophomore.

“When kids get killed, their chance of growing up and making decisions for themselves is gone,” McCoy said. “Someone took that opportunity from them.”

When McCoy saw Bryce Linebaugh’s picture, it reminded her of Lloyd when he was that age and that she’ll never get to see the type of person Lloyd would have grown up to be.

“That innocent look that [Bryce] had about himself, it doesn’t seem like he was into all of that crazy stuff that was all around him,” she said. “At that age, you’re thinking about G.I. Joe and playing football. At that age you shouldn’t have to care about what’s going on out there.”


Comments

1bmanresident(597 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

So much tragedy and bloodshed. How do we fix the problem? One common element that I see is government housing. It seems that wherever there is section 8 or government apartments, there is crime and guns and drugs. I think if we get rid of the common factor, welfare, this stuff will go away. Defund the drug dealers by taking away the baby-mama food stamps.

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2daMan(6 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

your right bman, But not all section 8 is bad, cops get half rent using section 8 (HUD). River run in warren has HUD, that was at one time a quiet place to live, i moved out when they started HUD inspections, i took it as an insult, i'm not on welfare so don't treat me like i am.

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3nuganuech(46 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

One common thread I noticed in most of the shootings/ killings in the Youngstown area is that the offender had previous convictions that received a very lenient sentence. We should be punishing these "lessor" offenses to the fullest extent and keeping these animals off the streets. An interesting article would be one about the violence in the last couple years and what the probation/parole status was of the perpetrator. Vindy?

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4whitesabbath(738 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

Federal and state laws need to be changed.

Automatic life sentences for those felons carrying weapons,

No deals, no parole.

Send them to a 3rd world country, not Mexico - maybe air drop some rice.

Somewhere where Cannibalism is still the way of life, let them be the hunted.

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5atownreader(34 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

Agreed. The state is trying to turn all the offenders loose to save money. Granted, it does cost a lot of money to house them. So now what? W e have offenders on the streets who have no regard for human life and no respect for authority. A super culture has been created. We are doomed.

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6UticaShale(854 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

As I said reading from the good book again and again, "from the sweat of thy brow thou shall eat." Youngstown will never admit to this being the cause of violence because majority of the population are of the receipient class. From the entitled politicians, the subsidized institutions and the welfare rolls, Youngstown will continue to breed anarchy for their failure to produce. Chaos will ensue until the credit card is cut and only then will the private sector begin to rebuild the City mandating all to work for their subsistence. When all abled bodies become productive again, crime will be substantially reduced.

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7Lifes2Short(3877 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

What gets me is these slimy filthy cockroaches could care less about it. They get arrested and know there just going to get released, so they keep doing it over and over and over. Until something like this happens, then the community is in a uproar, etc. Then it blows over until the next time. A vicious cycle that will never end. Like pskyer said, until they start snitching and turning in these non humans useless DNA, it won't ever stop. The police needs the community to help and until they do, this will just keep happening. Are you not sick and tired of the violence in the inner city! Do something about it instead of cowering in your houses.

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8redvert(2075 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

It is time to reinstate chain gangs in our prison systems and let the slime earn their keep. Think that will happen with the whiny liberal mentality we have more and more nowadays, Never happen cause "that would be cruel and unjust punishment"

America has seen it's best days and will continue to go down hill I am afraid.

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9DwightK(1263 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

Where does a guy like this get a gun like that?

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10whitesabbath(738 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

http://facebook.com/shawn.wilson

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11whitesabbath(738 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

Wrong person , boardman res has the correct link posted on other articles sy.

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12ytown53(5 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

I'm still waiting for Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson to come here and denounce this horrid act...

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13southsidedave(4784 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Laws can be changed; yet, that will not curb gun violence. The open-market will always have willing sellers for the "right" price.

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14savarose(7 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

His Facebook page (correct link is in other comment thread) has me shaking my head. Typical thug who apparently also has a baby on the way. Nice.

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15GiannaBean(21 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Here we go again; another innocent child (Bryce Linebaugh 8 yr.) assassinated by a monstrosity to society. The barbaric murderer should have been locked up THREE crimes ago!! Again, the justice system failed!! The murderer who killed Bryce was caught three times with a gun he should never have had. He received probation, violated his probation and only got a slap on the wrist from Judge Lou A. D’Apolito of Mahoning County (Youngstown, Ohio). This judge should RESIGN immediately!!! Judge D'Apolito needs to hang his head LOW in shame for the death of INNOCENT 8 year old Bryce. As luck would have it, Judge D'Apolito is on the ballot in November. DO NOT RE-Elect Judge Lou A. D’Apolito!!!!!!!!

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16PapaJerry(3 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

The "Right to Life" groups, the Catholic Bishops, and the Knights of Columbus seem to forget that aborting a life is against Christian beliefs. They align themselves with the beliefs of the radical Right and the NRA instead of believing in sensable laws to prevent some individuals from having firearms. The NRA believes "Guns don't Kill, But People Do" and refuse to support any regulations to stop individuals from aborting 30,000 lifes a year and aborting the quality of life for an additional 40,000 people a year that are injured by firearm violence. The recent Supreme Court 2nd Amendment decision stated that access to firearms can be regulated by Government so it it not a 2nd Amendment issue. I guess for these groups, as long as a fetus is not killed, it is OK for a young life to be aborted. However, in these cases two fetus were aborted because of gun violence and again, nothing was said by these groups. Shame!!!

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17Chief178(57 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

We send troops to other countries to clean up their Terrorist problem, our Government calls this fighting Terrorism. Well that’s what we have here Terrorist, they should be treated the same way.
Take a walk on any inner city street and see what happens, you’ll get shot, stabbed because the Terrorist want to take over, and want what you have. It’s no different than Iraq or Afghanistan. Wake up America.

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18Attis(900 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

The biblical standard for punishment of those who harm, let alone kill, children is to have a heavy millstone hung around their neck and thrown into deep water. Back to the Bible.

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19nape(9 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

THIS IS ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF TWO FAMILIES BEING AFFECTED BY GUN VIOLENCE . ON A SECOND NOTE THE SOCIETY AS A WHOLE IS AFFECTED , ESPECIALLY WHEN YOUTH IS INVOLVED . NOT ALL , BUT SADLY MANY HOUSEHOLDS ARE HEADED BY A SINGLE MOTHER OR GRANDMOTHER WHO IS TRYING TO RAISE LITTLE BOYS INTO MEN THIS OFTEN DOES NOT WORK . WE ALL SHOULD REALIZE UNTIL WE DEAL WITH THE ROOT OF THE PROBLEM WHICH IS MEN MISSING FROM THE FAMILY STRUCTURE . NOTHING WILL CHANGE . FOOD FOR THOUGHT REMEMBER THE SAYING " IT TAKES A VILLAGE TO RAISE A CHILD " . SHOW OR TELL A CHILD THAT IS NOT YOURS THAT YOU LOVE THEM . YOUNG MEN OFTEN FEEL THAT SOCIETY AS A WHOLE DOES NOT CARE ABOUT , SO IN TURN THEY DON'T CARE ABOUT THEMSELVES OR THE COMMUNITY THEY LIVE IN .

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20taxpayer1001(274 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Please don't forget this family will need help with burrial costs, and hopefully moving costs so they don't have to go back to the place their son was killed.

A memorial fund is set up at Huntington Bank in Bryce's name

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21Boardman120(82 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Look at this: https://www.facebook.com/shawn.wilson...

Look at this animal.
Look at the animals who call this animal 'friend".
Look at the animal who births this kind of animal.
Read the comments. Look at the bastardization of the King's English.
REALLY look at what we are dealing with here.
This can't be 'rehabilitated'. It was never 'habilitated' in the first place.

We must end welfare.
We must end the 'single mother industry'.
Take away their illegitimate children. Stop their subsidies. When the gravy train stops, the murdering bastards will stop.

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22zero(16 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

next time everyone is at the Southern Park mall make sure to stop in to Spencers and see "Pretty Loveisblind Lleena (Lleena Monique)", who seems to be broken up with this monster sitting in jail. Maybe remind her that this scum killed an eight year old boy who was fast asleep in his bed. The fools in his Facebook who are crying for this scum are obviously scum themselves. They couldn't care less for this little boy who lost his life and his family that have to bury their son.

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23kk80586(227 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Hellabb- glad you showed us your I.Q. because we never would have guessed it otherwise (sarc off). Seriously, how old are you?? Hopefully not very old because when your age exceeds your I.Q. that is not a good thing. If you had stated even one thing in your post that was fact or close to fact I probably would have skipped logging in but I hate to leave the ignorant and uneducated to their own devices. You should maybe read a book and try to graduate grade school. This problem (what this article is about) is not the "republitards" doing...it is the demotards. Welfare is the problem. Pumping out kids who have no chance of a future just for a few more bucks a month to buy more crack is the problem. People like YOU are the problem. But keep voting "D" because that's all the further you ever got through the alphabet. And especially keep making stuff up because it makes you look oh so intelligent.

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24Lifes2Short(3877 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

nape

" BUT SADLY MANY HOUSEHOLDS ARE HEADED BY A SINGLE MOTHER OR GRANDMOTHER WHO IS TRYING TO RAISE LITTLE BOYS INTO MEN THIS OFTEN DOES NOT WORK . WE ALL SHOULD REALIZE UNTIL WE DEAL WITH THE ROOT OF THE PROBLEM WHICH IS MEN MISSING FROM THE FAMILY STRUCTURE ."

EXCUSES! Nothing but EXCUSES! Are you not sick and tired of it!!!!! I'am so tired of your sorry lame excuses!!!! It's NOT SAD, because THEY SHOULD'NT HAVE BABIES in the 1ST PLACE! There popping out babies every year, by different guys (not men) who leave them and get another girl pregnant or get killed or a stupid gang or in prison. No, they are not MEN! There idiots and fools and useless DNA's.

"FOOD FOR THOUGHT REMEMBER THE SAYING " IT TAKES A VILLAGE TO RAISE A CHILD " ."

EXCUSES once again. No it don't, it takes 2 RESPONSIBLE PARENTS to raise a child, not a village. If you need a village to raise a child, then you SHOULD NOT HAVE ANY!

YOUNG MEN OFTEN FEEL THAT SOCIETY AS A WHOLE DOES NOT CARE ABOUT , SO IN TURN THEY DON'T CARE ABOUT THEMSELVES OR THE COMMUNITY THEY LIVE IN .

EXCUSES AGAIN! Are you SERIOUS???? So your saying since they don't care about themselves (when they have EVERY OPPORTUNITY to become productive members of society) They know right from wrong, they know it takes HARD WORK to get out of the ghetto and not fall into that trap, because there are A LOT OF them that do SUCCEED in life, but you defend these low life scumbags that have no human morals and are nothing but the bottom of the garbage bag! How come they have designer clothes, cars that have rims that are worth more then the car, powerful sound systems, guns, jewelry, showing there stupid spongebob underwear, etc. And because you say they don't care about themselves or the community that makes it ALRIGHT TO KILL INNOCENT citizens or A 8 YEAR OLD CHILD SLEEPING at that???????? Your just as sorry as they are.....

STOP WITH THE EXCUSES! THERE SCUM AND THEY DESERVE TO BE TREATED LIKE SCUM!

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25nape(9 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

" WE MUST BE THE CHANGE WE SEEK IN THE WORLD " . WE MUST CARE , TURNING ARE HEADS DOES NOT GET RID OF THE PROBLEM . ARE COMMUNITY ARE PROBLEM . PLEASE NOTE : WE ARE ALL A PART OF THE HUMAN COMMUNITY . GET IT GOT IT GOOD LET'S GET BUSY AND CHANGE ARE COMMUNITY . ONE PERSON AT A TIME .

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26rosewinlock(1 comment)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

THERE HAS BEEN NOT ONE OF YOUR COMMENTS THAT SAID THEY WILL PRAY FOR THIS FAMILY AND HOW SORRY THAT THIS HAPPEN TO THIS POOR CHILD.WELFARE SINGLE MOTHERS SECTION 8.WHAT ABOUT THOSE WHO LOST THEiR MATE THROUGH DEATH WHAT ABOUT THOSE LOST THERE JOBS.ARE THEY NOT ENTITLE TO WHAT THEY PAID THEIR TAX DOLLAR FOR WITHOUT PEOPLE LIKE YOUR LOOKING DOWN ON THEM.MANY HAVE LOST THEIR HOMES WITH THEIR KIDS THEY ARE HOMELESS AND MANY SLEEP IN CARS AND TENTS BECAUSE THEY CANNOT AFFORD GOVERNMENT HOUSING OR ASHAME TO TAKE IT.RACE INCOME SHOULD NOT BE BROUGHTUP AS THE CAUSE OF THIS CRIME IT IS HAPPENING EVERY DAY AND EVERY WHERE.THE MAN THAT DID THE SHOOTING AT THE MOVIES HAD TWO PARENTS NICE HOME NOT ON WELFARE.BAD PEOPLE COME IN ALL COLORS AND LIVE EVERY WHERE WE CAN NOT ESCAPE THEM.SO PRAY FOR THIS FAMILY AND GET OFF SINGLE PARENTS PEOPLE ON WELFARE AND WHERE PEOPLE LIVE.WOULD BE NICE IF WE COULD ALL AFFORD A NICE JOB NICE NEIGHBORHOOD AND NOT LIVE IN FEAR FOR OURSELVES AND CHILDREN.AND NOT JUDGE BY OUR COLOR OR WHERE WE LIVE.SCRUM COMES IN ALL WALKS OF LIFE.STOP BLAMING ALL PARENTS FOR THE CHOICES THESE KIDS CHOOSE BECAUSE THERE IS SOME SINGLE AND MARRIED THAT TRY VERY HARD TO TEACH AND TRAIN THEIR CHILDREN.LOVE YOU BRYCE.PRAYING FOR YOUR FAMILY. LOVE NOT HATE.HE DID THE CRIME NOT HIS FAMILY.

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27taxpayer1001(274 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

rosewinlock - Everyone in the community has expressed those feelings and more in posts pertaining just to this precious boy. This article is pointing out the violence and guns and what they are doing to the community, so the comments are about that. Please go read the others and see that people are praying and very sorry for this family. But again even on those you will still find someone who needs to be a jerk. You must have known this little boy, so my condolences go out to you and I have been praying for all involved in this tragedy.

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28Lifes2Short(3877 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

rose/nape

"SCRUM COMES IN ALL WALKS OF LIFE.STOP BLAMING ALL PARENTS FOR THE CHOICES THESE KIDS CHOOSE BECAUSE THERE IS SOME SINGLE AND MARRIED THAT TRY VERY HARD TO TEACH AND TRAIN THEIR CHILDREN."

Who is BLAMING all PARENTS? Who is BLAMING the ones that try hard and do the right thing. You know the ones that I'm talking about. The ones that could care less about what there children are doing, the ones that abuse the system, the ones that could care less about anything or anyone except for themselves. Not talking about race, not talking about the ones that TRY there damnest for a better life. You don't hear about them on the news anytime, because they try, you only hear about the ones that have prior convictions, have run ins with the law, police, courts. Don't try to make it seem like it's everyone! Because it's NOT. Get that through you head.

What did I say that was false? Is it not the truth? You can't sugar coat anything nowadays because it will not do any good. Need to be straight and open about it instead of pacifying it. Political correctness is going by the wayside because it's getting old. Come on now, there is way to much violence going on in this country and the more we ignore it, the worse it's going to get. The truth hurts! Deal with it.

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29USMC0331(150 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

@ Lifes2short

Couldn't agree more! This is what happens when babies have babies. I know 3 girls in one neighborhood alone that are 13 with 4-6 month olds. Why, because their parents were babies when they had them. When you can have a person who is a grandmother at 26 years old, there is definitely a problem. This ghetto culture is killing this country. "Free" everything all on the tax payers!

@Boardman120

Perfectly stated!!! Again, couldn't agree more! Look at these pieces of SH@T that are posting on his facebook page. Yes, the answer would be to get rid of the ones who have that mentality!

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30GiannaBean(21 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

The community support for Bryce at the candle light vigil was AMAZING. I am so remorseful that Jessica has to endure the torturous anguish of burying her 8 year old son Bryce TODAY!!! I recognize nothing can take her heartache and agony away, but maybe with the passing of time the sharp edges of unrelenting pain and grief will soften. DYING IS NOT NATURAL. Death was not part of God's plan for us, thus we are rightly devastated. Community support is reassuring, comforting and heartening!! I plan to continue supporting my family and without hesitations!! Please support the family at the funeral today…comfort Jessica for she is fragile. Your many thoughts and prayers are SOOOO appreciative!! Preserving Bryce’s legacy will take a village.

The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral,
begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy.
Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it.
Through violence you may murder the liar,
but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth.
Through violence you may murder the hater,
but you do not murder hate.
In fact, violence merely increases hate.
So it goes.
Returning violence for violence multiplies violence,
adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness:
only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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31Fred(131 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

The killing of Bryce Linebaugh has nothing to do with civil rights or the the civil rights movement.It is only proper and fitting to look upon his death as a criminal act. The ultimate decision as to the fate of the one who took his life rests with a judge and jury.

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32GiannaBean(21 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

I agree; my intention is NOT to make it a civil rights movement. The quote is one that I admired for many, many years and has always been close to my heart. I realize HIS death IS a criminal act and the perpetrator will pay for the monstrosity!!!! HE MURDERED A CHILD IN COLD-BLOOD for Heaven’s sake!! Please keep the family in your prayers!!!

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33unbeeleeveable(4 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

https://www.facebook.com/shawn.wilson...

I mean, really? I was laughing so hard that I started to cry after seeing his facebook page...what a waste of oxygen. Who are these people? What a joke. Everyone posting on his facebook page needs to be locked up just for their stupidity. Print the pages out of all the comments and bring them out at your next party - guaranteed laughs all around! Idiots..

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34hotcoffee42(2 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

What does welfare have to do with this? On our dime? Seems to me this is gang stuff. Gangs sell drugs. How much money do you pay for DEA? FAR more than you pay for welfare. Wake up.

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