Highlights of Memorial Service for Shaniya Davis
Got a video from WRAL.com, but Vodpod couldn’t resolve an error in the clip from the service. So I have included this photograph above, in case people forget why this case stirs people. One might have thought that McNeill was carrying his own daughter or a girl relative to his room. Too bad Bradley Lockhart’s mug is in the video (found here), and that there are still some normally ethical people who are supporting him through his dead daughter, but I just wanted to include something about the service before I turned in for the night. Unfortunately, hiccups with the laptop (again) didn’t allow me to complete the article until now.
The comments from the accompanying article at the above link, however, are from people who want to see him charged as well as Antoinette Davis and Mario Andrette McNeill. The latter two, respondents want to see dead as door nails. They’re hoping Antoinette Davis won’t be sequestered in prison but let out into the general population, just so she’ll get her just desserts from the female inmates, many of whom are mothers. And so it goes.
On the first anniversary of her death, that community came together again to remember a life lost.
The vigil was held in the auditorium of the Freedom International Ministry, a small storefront church located just blocks from the street where she disappeared.
Out in front of the gathering was Shaniya’s father, who returned to Fayetteville from his new home in Alabama to honor his daughter’s memory.
“It’s difficult to go through every day,” said Bradley Lockhart. “You wake up and think about what you were doing last year this time; what you were doing 4th of July with Shaniya or on her birthdays.”
Shaniya’s loss also hurt the community which is why close to 250 people attended the vigil.
“It’s brought about a lot of hurt, a lot of questions, a lot of pain and more than anything, a lot of concern,” said Pastor Greg Pointer.
During the vigil, the community prayed for Shaniya and her dad prayed for justice.
“It’s up to God and the justice system to actually determine justice for Shaniya,” said Lockhart. “Justice for her is in my heart and forgiveness and peace is already within me; however, anger still sits.”
Umph. Yeah, right.
The Shaniya Speaks website, the one that Lockhart created for his daughter, claims there is going to be a stage play based on Shaniya. Nothing on who the playwright is or whether this is going to be a local production or where and when. Yet.
Like I said before, I’d refrain from contributing very much to Lockhart and his preacher friend long after the trials and sentences are carried out. Heads need to roll at DSS, and previous DSS employees, social workers and supervisors need to talk, either to police or other state and county authorities about what exactly were in those files regarding the relationship between Antoinette Davis and Bradley Lockhart. If only reckless criminal negligence or abandonment can be gleaned, I’d rather Lockhart pay that price rather than get off scot free as he is now.
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~ by blksista on November 18, 2010.
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