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|Christine Ledlow, left, and her daughter: 15 minutes away from clocking out, she'd become just another white person murdered by blacks in what was once the United States of America|
The Mapco where a clerk was shot and killed is still closed for now. The only person around is a security guard.
However, people who knew the clerk are still reeling while police hunt for the second suspect after the first suspect was turned into police by his own parents.
"When I heard about it this morning, my heart broke for her just knowing that could have been me," coworker Nicole Harville said.
The clerk was shot multiple times at approximately 5:30 a.m. Monday at the Mapco gas station on Highway 72 East.
She later died from her injuries. Police confirmed the victim was 43-year-old Christine Ledlow.
Coworkers added that she was just 15 minutes from the end of her shift when the shooting happened.
Corinth Police Department said it received dozens of tips about the two suspects.
Within an hour, they had tips and within five hours, a suspect was behind bars.
The black males who murdered Christine
The police chief contacted the parents of one of the suspects. Those parents brought the 17-year-old to the police station. The second suspect is still at large.
Corinth Police Chief Ralph Dance said two teens went into the store to rob it. He believes the teens panicked and opened fire when the clerk hit the panic button. He does not believe the shooting was gang related.
"They had no reason to kill her. She put her hands up. She would have given them anything in the store,” one Corinth native said.
Ledlow's coworkers said she'd been working at the convenience store for six years. They noted that many people see her every morning and get a cup of coffee. They said Ledlow was well-liked around town.
"It’s disturbing,” Police Chief Ralph Dance said. “You don't want to think people are that cold-hearted. She has a family. She is a hard working lady. For someone to gun her down for no reason for money that they didn't even take.”
Ledlow's coworkers said she leaves behind two daughters, 17 and 20 years old.
As the coworkers stood outside the gas station Monday, they said the store will never be the same.
Ledlow's daughter posted a heart wrenching tribute to her mother on Facebook.
It's a tribute to a woman she describes as beautiful, her biggest supporter and someone who is now looking down on her from heaven and smiling.Fifteen minutes.
|Visiting Selma and crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge means entering a city in 2016 whose 80 percent black population has performed exactly how white people long ago feared they would when left to their own devices... and the civilization whites built for their posterity crumbles|
Ten figures clambered over piles of rubble from the old cotton warehouse, picking up bricks. It was a cold day for Selma, Alabama, close to freezing, and as the sun disappeared they gathered to warm their hands over makeshift fires.
For 10 hours they removed bricks from piles mixed with wood and metal, chipping each recovered brick free of mortar, and then stacked them. The bricks were handmade in the 1870s, and a foreman was paying them between $10 and $20 in cash for a pile of 500.
It was hard work. A pile took about half the day to gather, and most quit from fatigue after one go. An older man watched them: “Everyone heard about this job, but few want to do it, because it pays nothing, and lots of people been hurt doing it. But there are no jobs here in Selma. Especially if you got a record, and almost everyone in Selma has a record.” Nobody knew who owned the old warehouse, although most reckoned it was a white man: “They own everything around here.”
A brick buyer from a construction firm came to look at the pile. “Handmade bricks, especially historical ones like this, are in demand. They often sell for over a dollar per brick.”
Jennifer had spent the day picking bricks, and wasn’t complaining, “I am a single mother with five kids. I will do any work, and this is the only work in town.”
A man on a break, his hands bleeding beneath a cloth wrap, smoked a cigarette. “This is slave work, that’s what it is, but the only work around. Kind of funny when you think about it, because them bricks were probably made by slaves. That is Selma for you, though: still a city of slaves.”
Driving towards Selma, you are constantly reminded by historical markers that although once a city of slavery, the city now symbolizes civil rights. The march to secure voting rights for African Americans in 1965 originated there, and is celebrated in a film named after the city.
Crossing over the river into Selma is another reminder; the Edmund Pettus Bridge is recognizable from newsreels of Bloody Sunday, when marchers were beaten by the police, or from last year when President Obama came to mark the 50th anniversary of that day. The central street beyond the bridge is three short blocks filled with shops catering to tourists.
Yet if you walk beyond those blocks you see the ugliness of poverty that is modern Selma: dilapidated and boarded-up homes tagged with gang symbols, empty lots littered with vodka bottles and fast-food wrappers, and sterile low-income projects. You see men clustered on corners selling drugs, and on the better-kept homes you see sign after sign urging, “Stop the violence”. You don’t see working factories, only empty ones being torn down for scrap.You see a population disenfranchised, economically and politically. It makes Selma, a symbol of past civil rights victories, a symbol of current civil rights failures.
Marcus, 55, moved to Selma when he was a baby. “Everyone always saying we don’t have jobs because of things we lack, but it ain’t what we lack, it’s what we have: black skin. When I was a boy we had to cross through the white neighborhood to get to school, and they used to sic the dogs on me and my younger sister. I left Selma and joined the military. When I came back, nothing much changed. They don’t sic dogs on you any more, but they stack so much against you that it might as well just be dogs.”
Council McReynolds, 52, has spent his entire life in Selma, and wishes he could leave. “All the factories that used to be here are closed: the candy factory, the furniture company, they all picked up and moved when we elected a black mayor.”
His house is one of only two on the long block that isn’t abandoned and boarded up. The one next to his is half-burned-down, the others sit empty, although a few people squat in them. “Selma ain’t like that movie. There everyone is shown working together and putting the past behind them. But the reality is Selma has been left behind, and folks are certainly not working together.”
When I asked him about one of the empty buildings next to his, he smiled, “That ain’t empty at all. There is a family living there, being charged by a landlord.”
Council’s block is not an anomaly in Selma. Boarded-up or falling-down houses make up about a quarter of the city. Many other buildings, which in other places would be considered derelict, with broken windows, porches filled with holes, are stunningly being used as rentals.
Melvin Barnes, 39, met me in the low-income projects that surround the Brown Chapel AME church, a historical landmark that was center of the voting rights march. He grew up in Selma, started dealing at 17, and got caught up in the street life.
“Everyone around me had guns, everyone around me dealt, and I got caught up in it. I got a gun when I was 14, carried it around, and shot it a lot. Everyone did.”
Seven years ago, he got into a “street altercation” that ended with a bullet meant for him almost hitting a child next to him. “I came home from that, and looked at my child, and hugged him. I knew I had to stop the game.” He quit drugs and now hosts a daily radio show, and works the streets, urging others to stop the violence.
Melvin took me to the old abandoned home he sleeps in when homeless. “I haven’t had any money since I quit dealing, nobody is gonna give a former drug user like me a job.”
At the spot where we talked, Antoine Stallworth was shot and killed only a few yards away from the church two weeks before on New Year’s Eve. It was the last murder in Selma of 2015, bringing the total to 11, and making Selma (population about 20,000) one of the most violent cities in the US, with murder rates more than 10 times the national average.
My last two days in Selma were spent with Escrow, 34 (named changed), who has four felony convictions, for drugs, guns and attempted murder. He moved to Selma at the age of 14, brought to live with his grandmother by a mother addicted to crack. When he shook my hand, he smiled, flashing a row of missing teeth, “Welcome to the real hood. Selma don’t play games.”
He has been shot six times and shot many others. “I don’t know how many times I shot at people. I am just a shooter, always have been.”
He talks quietly and methodically, only stopping to sell drugs – “excuse me, I got to make a deal”.
When I ask about guns in Selma, he grimaces. “When I got here, everybody had a gun, everybody was shooting. I needed to be like them. I learned quickly you got to escalate, or guys will see you as weak, and shoot you dead, so I escalated.”
He always carries a gun, except when on his block.
t the end of my last day in Selma, exhausted from seeing so much pain, I sat outside the Brown Chapel AME church, watching kids play, and making small talk with a group of men. I went to take the picture of the kids, and forgetting their age, started my normal interview, “Do you like Selma? What was it like growing up here?”
They all looked at me confused, except one girl, Robin, aged nine. “No I don’t like Selma. Not at all. Too much shooting and my momma can’t find a job. That is why we are moving to Florida.”
As I photographed the kids in front of the sunset, a BMW pulled up. Two tourists got out to look at the Brown chapel. The gang of men, including Escrow, watched them, wondering where they were from. I went over and talked to the tourists who were from Ontario and excited to see places they knew from the movie, but concerned about their safety.
When I came back and told the men where the tourists had come from they all whistled in proud disbelief. “Damn, CANADA. Wow. They came all the way from Canada to see Selma?”
I also mentioned their fears of the neighborhood. Escrow stopped playing with his phone, looked at me, eyes drilling into me, smile gone.
“We never harm tourists. Never. Got that. We keep our shit to ourselves. They come here because special things DID happen here. Just wish they would happen again.”Like the Canadians, I too once went to Selma as a tourist, but unlike our friendly neighbors from the north, I visited the city not to massage my white guilt muscles (do white liberals get some weird sexual satisfaction seeing the city?); my visit to Selma was to see a visual representation of exactly what those white cops dared stop from ever coming to fruition.
|Sons of Obama: A picture the two black murderers of Mike Gilotti gleefully posed for to be added to their social media pages...|
A second teen is now charged in the shooting death of a Hoover husband, father and Iraq war veteran.
Authorities today announced a murder charge against 17-year-old Ahmad Johnson. He is charged in the slaying of 33-year-old Mike Gilotti who was gunned down Jan. 5, and then collapsed and died on the front steps of his Lake Cyrus home.
Mike Gilotti, with sons Russel (left) and Kevin.
A Jefferson County grand jury six days ago indicted Johnson and 16-year-old Charleston Wells, each on one count of murder and nine counts of unlawful breaking and entering a vehicle.
Johnson has been in custody since Jan. 7, held in Jefferson County's Family Court system. He is now charged as an adult, and expected to be transferred to the Jefferson County Jail where Wells has been held without bond since January. At least two other suspects are in custody on other charges, but they have not yet been named or charged in Gilotti's death.
"Please understand we will continue to investigate this case until we are satisfied that everybody involved is behind bars," Hoover police Chief Nick Derzis said at a press conference held today to announce Johnson's arrest.
Investigators today said Johnson, Wells and the other suspects are members of a Bessemer-area gang called M-tre, which stands for Money Making Mafia. Though they claim to be aspiring rappers, Rector said M-tre members are street criminals who break into cars and commit other crimes to get money. They often post pictures of themselves on Facebook and other social media sites holding guns and money.
"I called them common street thugs at our last press conference and I think that still is an appropriate term to describe them,'' said Hoover police Capt. Gregg Rector. "They're not aspiring rappers, they're criminals. They're criminals who break into cars for a living. In this case, they're property thieves who when confronted by a homeowner, they take that to a whole new level and shoot and kill an innocent person."
"Their motto is 'get money.' When they talk about getting money, that means taking money from you, and I, and people who actually have jobs and earn money for a living,'' Rector said. "Getting money to them means stealing from innocent victims. That's their existence."Mike Gilotti was just another white American who believed the United States of America still existed.
While family members mourn his loss, Hoover police are still looking for a suspect in the death of 33-year-old Mike Gilotti.
The father and Iraq war veteran was killed by a single gunshot as he stood in his Lake Cyrus driveway Tuesday morning.
"I just keep replaying it in my head right now. I just hear that gunshot,” said Heather Gilotti, Mike Gilotti's wife. "I'm struggling with the thought of losing my best friend. I never thought I'd be making funeral arrangements at 32 years old for my spouse."
Heather Gilotti met Mike Gilotti at air assault school in Hawaii before he served as a platoon leader in Iraq. Back home, he was working for an insurance company. She is a physical therapist. The couple are parents to two young children – Russell, age 5, and Kevin, age 1. Life was good until early Tuesday morning, when she heard a gunshot and Mike Gilotti yelling to call 911.
"I opened the door and he fell into my arms, and I tried to do CPR. Nothing prepared me to hold my husband bleeding at my front doorstep, with my son yelling ‘Daddy’ and my baby crying in the other room," she said.
They were planning to go zip-lining Monday for their eighth anniversary.
Instead, Mike Gilotti's funeral will take place Sunday.
"I've already told the older one that his daddy is in heaven right now looking down on him and is so proud of him,” Heather Gilotti said.
Faith was an important aspect of life for the Gilotti family.
“I don't think I've had more peace in my heart than right now. I can't explain,” Heather said. “I don't hate this man who did it. I feel sorry for him.”
She said before he lost consciousness, Mike Gilotti’s last words were, “God, forgive my sins.”Mike Gilotti is dead.
|Amber Long, 26-years-old on Jan. 19, 2014, always felt safe in Philadelphia, what she dubbed "her city." She was murdered two years ago by two unidentified black males, as they shot her after Amber dared fight to keep her $14 purse from falling int their hands. Two years later, detectives have virtually no leads in cracking the case...|
For the first time since a former Upstate youth pastor’s pregnant wife was killed during a home invasion robbery, Davey Blackburn preached to his congregation.
Blackburn preached Wednesday night at Resonate Church in Indianapolis for the first time since his wife, Amanda, was killed last month. The couple had moved there from the Upstate in order to start the church.
"Hope in the midst of hurt," he told the congregation. "Don't you think that I've asked God, 'God I feel like your promises, the dreams you put in my heart for Amanda, I feel like they failed.' You don't think I've asked that? Amanda was one of the most righteous and godly people I know."
And she is being blessed because of that, he said.
"Amanda experienced and is experiencing every single one of those. She was righteous and I believe highly favored," Blackburn said.
But for him, he sometimes says he feels like he is on a trip with no way home.
"My mind goes through that progression about coming home, then I realize I don't have a home because Amanda was my home. It hurts," he said
"Sometimes I feel like somebody's got my head and they're just pushing it under water over and over and over. And I have no breath inside me and I hurt so deeply and I can't breathe underwater and yet, for just a little minute, maybe a couple days, maybe a couple hours I get this breath. I feel this hope.
I also believe Amanda is among the martyrs. Do you know why? Because she and I moved up here to reach people just like the people who killed her."
Blackburn said he has hope, even for the men accused of killing his wife.
"What if these three guys end up meeting Jesus out of this? Could you imagine?" he said.I've held off writing about this story for more than a month, because I can't quite grasp the joy Davey Blackburn feels in hoping the three black killers of his wife and unborn child have a positive meeting with Jesus.
"Erised stra ehru oyt ube cafru oyt on wohsi."
-- The mantra of those who believe there's still something left in trying to persevere in the United States of America
|All she did was attack four or five elderly white women... why make her stay in jail more than six months?|
Police say a Louisville woman beat up elderly women and then robbed them.
The suspect is 27-year-old Demesha Hicks. She is locked up at Metro Corrections.
Police say she followed the victims home from grocery stores. But while they may have been elderly, they refused to go down without a fight.
"I called her a dirty bit**, and then I turned around and said, oh, you wouldn't even make a dirty bit**," says Donna Woods, who is a beating and robbery victim.
Those are pretty strong words coming from an 82-year-old. Woods says they were directed at the person who injured her arm. "She fractured it when she threw me from the steps to the basket out in the yard," explains Woods.
It happened on Monday. Police say Hicks attacked Woods and at least three other elderly women.
"I noticed her when she got a hold of me. She was right on me before I could do any...but I couldn't do anything 'cause I don't walk too steady," says Woods.
Metro Police say Hicks found her victims at local grocery stores. "She would drive around the parking lot, looking for a victim that fit was she was looking for, which would be an elderly female, easy target purse," says Det. Aaron Tinelli.
Police say once Hicks identified her victims, she followed them home from the store and then attacked.
Tinelli explains, "Once they got to their home and they exited their vehicle, she was rushing up to them, knocking them down, beating them and then taking their purse."
Detective Tinelli arrested Hicks on Tuesday and says images from surveillance videos at some of the stores helped them identify her, and she eventually confessed to the crimes. He says, "We asked her why she did it and she told us it was just the hardest year of her life and she had a very difficult time."
"I was happy, I was very happy," says Woods, who is relieved that Hicks is off the streets. "Oh yeah, I hope they put her under the jail."Unfortunately, there would be no jail for Demesha Hicks to be "put under." A black judge in Louisville would work to get her out of jail after serving only six months on a 20-year-sentence. [Shock probation granted for woman who assaulted elderly victims, WDRB.com, 1-28-16]:
A second chance for the Louisville woman who attacked and robbed the elderly.
Demesha Hicks is getting out of prison, six months into a 20-year sentence.
Hicks looked for senior citizens at grocery stores, followed them home, and robbed them, sometimes violently. This morning Judge Brian Edwards granted Hicks' request for shock probation after a hearing earlier in the week.
Attorneys say Hicks was a single mother, homeless and desperate when she committed the crimes, and this was her first arrest..
The Mirror of Erised: The past isn't coming back, folks. No matter how badly we may want the greatness of America to return, it's behind us.
Family members of the victims voiced their opposition to shock probation during a hearing on Tuesday.
"You do the crime, you do the time," said Brian Tomes, a relative of one of the victims Hicks attacked. "What message are we sending to people just because it's your first offense...that if you say you're sorry, it's OK."
While shock probation was granted for Hicks, she must still serve home incarceration for a period of time and report to seven counties daily to transition back into the community.This is America in 2016. A black woman attacking multiple (elderly) white women, gets her 20-year sentence commuted after a mere six months.