Monday, September 2, 2013

People care about Daledrek Carpenter...

Too often we see young, black men gunned down in our community and we just look away.

Unfortunately looking way often means that we blame the victim for simply being. We dare anybody to come forward and say that this was a good person, a loved person, a cherished person. This post is about about a person who did come forward, out of the respect and love of a person who the majority would blame for being a victim. 

This is the not the first story I received (unfortunately), just the last time I fail to share the story with the public...
"Im sooo sick over this latest homicide. Dale was in my fourth grade class. He was raised by grandma and she died of cancer on Easter break of his fourth grade year. I remember Dale calling me collect to tell me. His grandma didn't have a will so I asked Don Jackson to do one for free, and he did. He moved to Springfield with a relative after that. ... contacted me recently and told me that he got his GED. He was working at Burger King on Allen road."
Police continue investigating ninth homicide

Police made no arrests Sunday in connection with the fatal shooting of Daledrek Carpenter early Saturday morning.

Carpenter’s body was found in an alley in the 1100 block of West Lincoln Avenue at 4:30 a.m. Saturday.

Preliminary autopsy results revealed he was killed by multiple gunshot wounds to the back, according to Peoria County Coroner Johnna Ingersoll.

Peoria police have not released any other information on the ninth homicide of the year and so far, no suspects have been publicly named. Source


Sharon Crews said...

Emerge, thanks for posting this teacher's tribute to her student. Yes, outsiders who respond to these stories just to criticize and speculate about these victims, overlook what has to be obvious--that these victims are loved by some grieving person. In this case, a teacher who proved how much she cared after the grandmother who had loved and cared for him died.
Yes, and the onlookers do not understand that those who commit the crimes are also loved by someone.
I am grateful for Facebook because my former students who are affected by these deaths often write their tributes and their frustrations about these horrific events.

Teerea Carpenter said...

I appreciate Dale's former teacher reaching out to express her feelings. It's heart warming to know someone has thought of him. Dale was raised by his great aunt who passed of cancer, Rebuther Griffin, who indeed had a will years prior to her death. Dale graduated from a military academy in South Carolina and received his high school diploma. Dale was recently attending ICC studying architecture. He was not perfect by any means but he is loved.