Community Activist Paradise Gray said, “I’m almost at a loss for words. It’s a great tragedy. This is all of ours child who was killed. The Black community used to be the safest place in the world for a Black man; now nothing is off limits, nothing is sacred. It’s a sad state of affairs when we don’t care about life.” He added, “People will talk about it and do nothing. We need to stand up and be heroes in the community. We need to police ourselves. We don’t need vigils, we need vigilance.”
Gray added that it’s time to stop turning the other cheek when it comes to what’s going on in our communities, and even our homes. “We have to hold our own people, family and friends accountable. We need to stand up before this s**t happens.”
Bernadette Turner, Executive Director of Addison Behavioral Health and a friend of the Courier’s Facebook page, wrote on her page, “Wonder if it would make a difference if Pittsburgh shut down; East Hills was on lock….the police went door-to-door and every law officer was called in, not stopping until the killer was found. You know, like the Boston Marathon…..”
While that may work, in the case of the Boston Marathon attacks there were suspects identified, unfortunately, no suspects have been named.
Brian Stanton, owner of Lounge 7101 in Homewood, said, “So many people out there and nobody saw anything? It’s like our culture has a backlash against snitching. It’s not snitching if you’re telling what you saw and have nothing to do with it. If it was my son, I would want someone to step forward.”
Stanton, a father of three, said “I want to see justice by the police or by the streets.”
On Sunday, May 26, Stanton will be holding a fundraiser from 8 p.m.-2 a.m., where all the proceeds from the door will go to “Baby Marcus.”