PEACE, PERFECT PEACE . . .
This lovely, pastoral scene, sent in by talented, patriotic
American Janice Shreiner, seems entirely out of place in a
story like this. It reminds us that -- behind every heinous
act ever committed -- there is beauty and hope under God.
The forum allowed students and faculty to remember and honor Proutey. The college also provided counseling with those grieving the loss of a fellow student.
"I think initially it was time for the college to step up and offer our sympathies and really engage itself with our student body to see if there was a need emotionally," CFCC Athletic Director Robert McGee.
Proutey was shot and killed December 14 outside the Community Arts Center in downtown Wilmington.
THIS IS TEXT OF AN EXCELLENT COMMENT ON THE POST, THE ALLEGED MURDERERS AND INNOCENT VICTIM JOSH PROUTEY:
Where is Jesse Jackson, and all the 'Diversity' people, on this one ? As always, Dead Silence. Sure, Jesus wants us to love everyone, and we must. But Jesus demands we stand against evil.
MORE DETAILS ON SENSELESS MURDER OF WHITE CFCC STUDENT JOSH PROUTIE:
Four suspects charged with the murder of a Cape Fear Community College student will have to wait a little while longer to have their day in court.
According to the New Hanover County District Attorney's Office the cases of Christopher Daniel Cromartie Jr., 23, Daniel Edward Henry, 17, Jasmine Nikole Dottin, 19, and Quintel Grady, 22, have been continued. All the cases are headed to a grand jury.
The four suspects are charged with felony first-degree murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon, attempted burglary and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon in connection with the murder of Joshua Proutey in December. Dottin also had an outstanding misdemeanor warrant for failing to appear on an unspecified charge.
Cromartie, Dottin and Grady are all being held without bond and could face the death penalty. Because Henry is a minor, he is being held under a $2 million bond and faces a maximum of life without parole.
PERSONAL COMMENTS BY FORUM EDITOR VERNE STRICKLAND ON THIS TRAGIC MURDER CASE:
This is not a picture of a black man associated with murder of Josh Proutie
I expect, welcome and encourage any comments on this entire incident. No, it's not the guns which should be blamed in unprovoked murder cases like this. It's the mentality, senseless and cruel actions of the murderers, total lack of respect for life shown by the four black young people charged in connection with this cruel, unprovoked slaughter of Josh Proutie recently outside Community Arts Center in downtown Wilmington.
By all accounts, young Proutie was a decent and law-abiding citizen peacefully going about his business when he was singled out by gun-wielding thugs, and senselessly killed -- an act which should draw the maximum sentence as this shocking case works its way through our courts.
Sure the parents and family of the assailants are sorry about it all. Of course the attackers at this time are beginning to "feel sorry" about this purposeless killing. They should have plenty of time to feel concern for their own hides as they hear the steel door on their jail cells clang shut, sealing them away from law-abiding society in our great city.
Perhaps this violent romp and its aftermath will give something of a warning to others in Wilmington who feel that murder at gunpoint will be overlooked, or punished as a minor infraction.
They will know now, as they join a population largely made up of young black lawbreakers, that the consequences are harsh. And that, we hope, may make others like them to think twice before killing other citizens of the City of Wilmington.
This is a racial story only because the alleged killers are black, and their victim white. This is more and more the situation in capital murder cases here in the Port City. Perhaps more attention to where we're going wrong will reduce the frequency of such disasters in Wilmington. We hope and pray so.