Demetrius Broadnax The community is asking for individuals to come forward with information on the shooting that left a mother and a former Mister African American Junior King dead, and several others injured at a private club in Homewood on Oct. 20. Jasmine Morris, 21, of Penn Hills, and Demetrius Broadnax, 27, of Monroeville, were both found shot to death in the lower level of the Diverse Banquet Club in the 7100 block of Kelly Street.
Ashley N. Johnson - Courier Staff Writer
As 2013 rapidly approaches its end, the year’s homicides continue to move closer to meeting the high total of 2012, which was 96 lives. Thus far in 2013, as of the end of October, there have been 78 homicides, 55 of them being our young Black brothers and sisters. It is no longer those living the “street life” who are getting caught up, but innocent individuals who were merely at the wrong place at the wrong time when someone else took it upon themselves to decide when to end their lives.
REX CRAWLEY The last thing Dr. Rex Crawley ever contemplated he’d have to worry about while in the process of getting his doctoral degree at Ohio State University was cancer. His mind was on courses, his thesis, but not being diagnosed with the big C. But in 1995, while at school, he was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, a cancer that starts in the lymphocytes, which are in the lymph nodes and other lymphoid tissue, such as the spleen and bone marrow. After being diagnosed, he weighed his treatment options and decided to have a bone marrow transplant, which left him in remission for more than 12 years. Then in 2011 he was re-diagnosed with NHL. The news of the return of the disease left him “surprised and devastated.” He underwent a grueling regimen of chemotherapy, which put him back in remission.
CHANGING OF THE GUARD—Rev. Dr. J. Van Alfred Winsett, pastor emeritus, hands over the church’s bible to Rev. Dr. Vincent K. Campbell. For more than a year, Ebenezer Baptist Church, in the historic Hill District, was without a senior pastor after the retirement of their longtime shepherd Rev. Dr. J. Van Alfred Winsett in May 2012. But the church that has overcome many obstacles, including two fires and a major rebuild, now welcomes new leadership into their next era under the direction of their new pastor-Rev. Dr. Vincent K. Campbell of Nashville, Tenn.
A SHOW OF SUPPORT—Friends, family and members of the community showed support for Leon Ford Jr. at a rally on Oct. 16 at the City-County Building, downtown. From left: Attorney Benjamin Crump; Latonya Green, mother; Ford; Leon Ford Sr., father, and attorney Monte Rabner. (Photos by J.L. Martello) Family, friends and community members showed up in numbers to the Allegheny County Courthouse for a rally held Oct. 16 to show their support for then Pittsburgh teen Leon Ford Jr., who was shot multiple times by a Pittsburgh Police officer during what many say should have been a “routine” traffic stop and to show their outrage for the criminal charges he still faces.
SURVIVOR—Lauren reflects on her abusive past that turned her into a survivor. (Photo courtesy of Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh) For 10 years, everyday was a fight for Lauren’s life. It all began at the age of 18 when she began dating her now ex-boyfriend and the father of her child. Little things would trigger changes in his mood. At first he was shoving, then he escalated to choking and trying different maneuvers to get her to pass out, but never punching or anything that would leave marks. She experienced trips to different emergency rooms or urgent care facilities after the fact, but it was one incident in 2011 that was her wake-up call.
PARENTS—Lisa White and Jason Paylor Sr. light candles in honor of their son. More than three years after the day that changed her life forever, Lisa White still struggles through tears when she talks about the Oct. 2, 2010 shooting that took her, then 17-year-old son, Jason Paylor Jr., away from her.
Phillip w/ Mom, sisters, and daughter (Causes.com Photo) After more than a year of no action and unanswered questions involving the incident that resulted in her son being paralyzed, Kelly McKenzie is demanding action from the Westmoreland County district attorney and access to the case information.
The summer has officially ended and hopefully the senseless Black on Black violence will too. With 71 homicides in Allegheny County thus far this year, the total is still less than that of last year’s total at this time which was 79. There is still hope for a less deadly year than that of 2012.