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Rashad Williams hugging Columbine victim Lance Kirklin. Photo credit: AP/Ed Andrieski.  Second photo: Williams holding a conversation with an Oakland A's player.  Photo credit: AP/George Nikitin.

FROM HERO TO MURDERED CRIMINAL:

In the spring of 1999, two students gunned down 12 of their fellow students at Columbine High School in Colorado.

One of the victims was 16-year old Lance Kirklin, he was shot in the chest, face and legs.  He would require numerous surgeries that his family’s health insurance didn’t cover.

Rashad Williams, 15, (pictured above) decided to do something about it.  He planned to run in a local race to raise money for Lance.

His track coach recalls, ‘Rashad came to me with the Columbine idea, he said, ‘I have legs and this kid doesn’t.’

Although the gesture was simple, it captivated a nation.  Williams appeared on the “Oprah Winfrey Show,” “CNN,” “Good Morning America,” and “MSNBC.”  He was also a contestant on “To Tell The Truth,” and he received a Senate Certificate of Commendation from Senator Dianne Feinstein.  That same year, on May 24, 1999, then Mayor Willie Brown declared the day, ‘Rashad Williams Day.’

Despite the media appearances, Williams remained humble.

Things began to change a few years later when Rashad’s mother and his stepfather’s marriage began falling apart.  Rashad’s stepfather moved out and Rashad missed him deeply.

In late 2002, Rashad’s mother was stunned when Riordan High school officials informed her; he was failing two classes. 

Rashad was told, he could attend the graduation ceremony but he would not get his diploma.

Rashad was devastated and he felt betrayed by his high school.  He felt he did a lot for the school and they didn’t offer him tutoring help to get a diploma.

His mother says, “His problems started that day.  Rashad turned into a child I didn’t even recognize anymore.” 

Rashad became disrespectful and starting yelling at his mother and he began hanging out with “negative people.”

Rashad wasn’t sure what he wanted to do with his life and he ended up working at Safeway and then for an online mortgage company.  Although he loved dogs, he abandoned his dream of becoming a veterinarian.

In February of 2005, an unarmed Williams robbed two banks in Contra Costa County.  He was apprehended, found guilty and sentenced to three years but he managed to make bail.

Just before he was to start serving his sentence, Williams and a friend, Christian Foster, decided to do a home invasion robbery.  They planned to rob a man of his medical marijuana.

During the robbery, the homeowner (Shannon Edmonds) managed to retrieve his firearm, Williams was shot twice in the back and Foster was shot five times in the back.  Both teenagers died.  Their bodies were found on 11th street, outside the house.

Edmonds girlfriend stated she was beaten up by the teenagers; during the course of the robbery, and they allegedly beat her son into a coma. He is now in a rehabilitation facility.

On Dec. 6, 2005, the day before he died, Williams phoned his mother and mentioned that he’d just had some tattoos removed.  However, he did acquire two new ones. 

“The truth shall be enlightenment,” one said.

The other one said, “I’m on the road to Zion.”

Source: Patricia Yollin @ the SF Chronicle

“AMERICA’S MOST WANTED”

Larry Davis attained folk hero status when he shot six NYPD officers in 1986, during a raid on his sister’s Bronx apartment.  The raid created a heated debate about New York police behavior and accusations of racism.

Davis was also wanted on charges of killing four drug dealers when the raid took place.  Davis would elude capture for 17 days despite a massive manhunt because he received aid and shelter from the Bronx community where he lived.

In the documentary, “The Larry Davis Story,” Davis tells how the police supplied him (a teenager at the time) with drugs to sell to the Black community and when he decided he didn’t want to do it anymore they used their media power to portray him as a savage killer.

Allegedly, the cops were not happy when Davis cut off their cash flow.

During the raid, Davis outsmarted and overpowered 30 or more NYPD officers.  He also wounded and injured 6 officers before he escaped, leading the NYPD on one of the largest manhunts in the history of New York State.

Larry Davis’ story has been adapted for film and a movie is currently in the works.  Click here to order the documentary from Troy Reed, NYC Street Stars

Photo Credit: Troy Reed @ NYC street stars

“FALL GIRL?”

A back issue of FEDS magazine reported that: Santra Rucker, 33, is serving a 390-year prison sentence for conspiracy to sell drugs.

Right out of the book, “The Coldest Winter Ever,” Rucker claims her drug dealer boyfriend set her up to take the fall and when she went to court, she was found guilty by association.

Rucker has written 150 politicians trying to get her case overturned.  Order  this ‘back issue’ online by going to the FEDS magazine website Feds Magazine back issues, a fascinating read.

Above photo: Courtesy of FEDS magazine.

“GANGSTA”

Legendary underworld figure and gang leader, Clarence “Preacher” Heatley (no photo available) is accused of extorting and killing drug dealers in every state he went.  In 1999, Heatley pleaded guilty to a Federal racketeering charge in which he allegedly admitted to killing 13 people, under the terms of the plea bargain, Heatley was sentenced to life in prison.  In Related News: Fellow gang member John Cuff, a former police officer in the Bronx, avoided the death penalty and pled guilty to Federal charges that he killed 10 people while he was a member of the "Preacher Crew Drug Gang.”  Cuff agreed to a life prison term.  Read about Heatley in FEDS magazine, click here to order, Feds Magazine

Sources: “The NY Times” & “FEDS magazine.”

 

 

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