September 20, 2014

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UPDATED — Arrests made in fatal shooting of Lorain man

Markus Martin

Markus Martin

Davion Strupe

Davion Strupe

ELYRIA — A second person has been arrested on charges related to the Tuesday night slaying of Davion Strupe.

Elyria police reported that 17-year-old Tristen Belfiore surrendered at the Lorain County Juvenile Detention Home around 4 p.m. today.

Markus Martin, 26, was arrested at a Rosewood Drive apartment around 10:15 a.m.

Still being sought by police is Anthony Marcano, 22, of Cleveland,who is charged with murder, kidnapping and aggravated burglary.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Marcano, who is considered armed and dangerous, should contact Elyria police at (440) 323-3302.

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Previous story:

ELYRIA – Police have arrested one man and are seeking two other people in connection with Tuesday night’s killing of Davion Strupe on Garden Street.

Elyria police Capt. Chris Costantino said in a news release that Markus Martin, 26, was arrested without incident around 10:15 a.m. today at a Rosewood Drive apartment. Martin, of Elyria is charged with murder, kidnapping and aggravated burglary.

Police are still looking Tristen Belfiore, 17, of Elyria, who is facing charges of aggravated murder, kidnapping and aggravated burglary. Also being sought by police is Anthony Marcano, 22, of Cleveland, who is charged with murder, kidnapping and aggravated burglary.

Anthony Marcano

Anthony Marcano

Tristen Belfiore

Tristen Belfiore

Both Belfiore and Marcano are considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information on their whereabouts is being asked to contact Elyria police at (440) 323-3302.

Witnesses told police that Strupe had been involved in an altercation with roughly 30 other people on Garden Street. As Strupe was trying to flee, he was shot, according to police.

Police were dispatched to Garden Street around 11:30 p.m. after receiving reports of people pounding on the door of 1143 Garden Street. Additional callers then reported that there multiple gunshots had been fired.

When officers arrived they found a woman screaming for help and holding the bleeding Strupe, who appeared to be unconscious, according to a news release. Strupe, 24, was taken by ambulance to University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center, where he died from his injuries.

The news release said an autopsy to determine the exact cause of Strupe’s death has been scheduled for Thursday.

Read Thursday’s Chronicle for more on this story.

Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or bdicken@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Twitter @BradDickenCT.


  • golfingirl

    I see neck tattoos.

    I tell ya, it is a tell-tale sign of a bad person.

    Looks like they got “ratted” out real quick!

    Have a great July 4th guys…..maybe you will get to see the fireworks around 2044.

    R.I.P ….Rot In Prison!

    • Bob

      I see three cowards.

      • golfingirl

        Actually four!

        • Calvin

          Your disrespecting the family who lost a loved one..You need to show some respect

          • Simon Jester

            No, she doesn’t.

            A handful of hoods got into it and one died. It *might* be tragic for the dead guy’s parents, if he knows who they are.

            It’s probably an overall good thing for the rest of us.

          • spoken

            All dead should be respected no matter what!! Respect family’s in mourning! ! You don’t know this man you don’t know what they got into it about! “Hood”? Oh I’m sorry I didn’t know you were there I didn’t know that it’s okay for “hoods” to die. The only coward I see is you and golfingirl to be OK with a young man leaving his family and kids so you feel a Lil more safe because he’s BLACK wow. This is what the world is coming to God bless God bless

          • golfingirl

            What does his race have to do with it?

            I am an equal opportunity crime hater. The Marcano guy is Hispanic and if guilty, I hope he is put to death.

          • spoken

            Your judgment leads me to believe it is about race. It’s clear what it’s about. What reason do you have to say that he is a coward he stood his own against 30 people!! How is that a coward! Your ignorance has gone too far RESPECT THE DEAD

          • golfingirl

            Any man, who is convicted of Domestic Violence, Robbery, Aggravated Assault, Theft….on and on….and is not even man enough to fulfill his probation requirements is a coward in my mind.

            His crimes were that of a coward! Preying on other human beings.

            I respect people based on how they live, or in this case, lived, their lives.

            The dead do not get a free pass….black, white, hispanic or purple!

          • spoken

            And because you think that the dead do t earn respect you have a hell of an awakening. You make no sense at all!!! How is that being a coward look the word up in the dictionary because your using it wrong. And your right about the living but all dead must be respected death is a whole new chapter in lifeand that’s a lesson you must learn God bless you God bless you.

          • Grace

            He is afRican American and Hispanic and I can’t wait till he is proven INNOCENT

          • ekwaykway

            Don’t hold your breath.

          • guest

            for some reason this little girl thinks they single handed picked him out of everyone that night.no sweetie pie there is a reason he is a suspect not just because they decided they wanna say he did it.

          • Simon Jester

            To hell with you and your “respect”. It’s earned, not given. Getting oneself dead doesn’t automatically confer respect.

            Moron.

          • spoken

            The hell with your disrespect!!! And who do you get yourself dead? You sound idiotic like he just walked into the bullet. You don’t know what went down but you’ll learn to respect the dead a haha you’ll learn…may God be with you and golfingirl because you both will learn

          • Simon Jester

            Go hang out on Garden street, it’s a sure cure for whatever is wrong with you.

          • Amanda Burton

            MORON?? REALLY? How about if I walked up to you today and asked you for directions? I haven’t “earned” your respect yet so are you going to disrespect me? And your right, just because someone dies doesn’t automatically mean we should respect that person, but making rude remarks about them is disrespecting their family who you don’t know and may very well be good people. What you do is leave your ignorant mouth shut unless you know both the person and their family or are going to give your condolences whether you know them or not. I don’t care if it’s news… let your business be your business, and other people’s to themselves…..Didn’t your mother ever teach you if you don’t have anything nice to say then don’t say anything at all? Guess not huh?

          • Simon Jester

            Another violent, aggressive moron. Be careful out there.

          • Joe Smith

            So you would show respect for Hitler?

          • Amanda Burton

            If he knows who they are? That was very discriminatory.
            And why exactly is it that you find his family deserves no respect? Do you know them personally? I didnt think so. I will pray for you tonight, that the Lord may open your eyes, and give you wisdom to spread positivity.

          • golfingirl

            Actually, he disrespected his own family. His crime riddled life demonstrated he had absolutely no respect for his own kin and now they are left grieving and picking up the pieces.

            His actions were far more “disrespectful” to his family than anything which can be said here, by me, or anyone else.

          • spoken

            How do you know he was crime ridden? You do not know this man his death is a horrible this no matter what his life was like he was killed in cold blood HAVE SOME RESPECT. How do you think his mother feels reading your comments and she just lost a son!!

          • golfingirl

            “How do you know he was crime ridden?”

            Look at his criminal record, it is public access.

            Yes his death was a tragedy, and I do feel for his mother.

            But his actions alone brought this upon his own mother, not any comments posted here. Comments were not responsible for his death, his behaviors were.

          • spoken

            You speak so negatively of a man whom you DO NOT know you don’t know what actions lead to his death!! You don’t know the story behind those reports. You do not know so don’t talk down on the dead!! His death is a horrible thing no matter which way you put it. He didn’t deserve what he got.! So don’t try to make it seem like he did

          • guest

            believe me,it was cold blood,he didn’t deserve it,respect our grieving time please.

          • spoken

            Noone deserves anything like that. My condolences to you and your family.

    • kita

      I’m sorry but neck tattoos do not define if a person is a good person!!!! I have zero tattoos do to my choice but it doesn’t matter if their faces were covered doesn’t mean u deserve to die and I feel Ur being very rude to this boys family by saying so if this was Ur family member u wouldn’t want ppl talking crap would u!!! Its very sad that our world is coming to this instead of bashing ppl we need to take all this time and energy into trying to fix this world these men are to young to be doing this anyway I pray god intervenes and helps us or this world is going to be nothing but bodies and bullets :( rip davion

      • Sis Delish

        Kita, sorry for your loss, but… you need to get real with your peeps.

        • Calvin

          Get real with your peeps? You are very ignorant.

          • Sis Delish

            ‘Splain yerslf, palease!

          • spoken

            Use proper English please! !! “Peeps” you mean blacks?

          • golfingirl

            There you go again, injecting race into this.

            “Peeps” means people….close friends, pals.

            My kids are white and use this term to describe their friends all the time.

          • spoken

            It sounded pretty racist to me

      • Mark B

        What do you expect , every rap song speaks about killing and shooting people , listen to it long enough and well , you see how it turns out

        • Amanda Burton

          Really cuz I watched yosemite sam shootin his guns every day and its kinda funny but Ive never owned a gun in my life!

          • michelle

            comparing yosemite sam to gangsta, thug spouting rap is ridiculous. live by the gun, die by the gun. the victim led the life.

          • Amanda Burton

            How in the hell is that ridiculous?!? We WATCHED people getting shot dead (not just cartoons) growing up and it didn’t make us killers just like listening to “thug music” does not make you a killer, one of my best friends listens to nothing but thug music unless he’s with me and he doesn’t own a damn gun either!!! While I agree the music IS trash I do not agree that listening to it CAUSES people to go kill other people YOU MAM are who’s ridiculous! People kill people not FN music, DUH!!!

          • michelle

            It glorifies the behavior, and I believe that some, who are not too bright, feel real important and tough, emulating the “LIFE.”

          • Amanda Burton

            That’s a load of crap because I know a bunch of rednecks that don’t listen to that music or care “bout that life” but sure as hell like to show off their guns and play with them drunk! Your argument is invalid, music has nothing to do with people killing one another PERIOD

          • michelle

            That’s another culture off the rails as well. The bible carrying, flag waving gun toting wanna be militia men, paranoid the govt. is going to take their freedoms away. Curiously growing in numbers since Obama has been president. Nothing racist there……..sarcasm.

          • Amanda Burton

            First of all none of them I know carry Bibles and that there is one of their biggest problems and they’re not from the south so they don’t sport rebel flags. Maybe not racist but definitely discriminatory. Cite the real wrongs don’t make assumptions. And Guess What? The GOV’T IS taking our rights away! More and more by the moment! No sarcasm needed.

          • michelle

            I never said anything about the South or rebel flag.
            I am speaking of far right, flag waving bible thumping gun nuts.

          • Starryeyes63

            You mean Christian, Law-abiding Patriotic American who happen to be gun owners. I highly doubt any of the 30 involved were.

          • michelle

            uh no. that is not what I mean.

          • Starryeyes63

            So what did you mean by flag waving Bible thumping gun nuts????? I take great offense to that remark. I am not a nut, but rather an enthusiast ….

      • golfingirl

        “……so if this was Ur family member u wouldn’t want ppl talking crap would u!!!”

        They wouldn’t have to “talk crap,” I would be doing that myself, before they died, so they would still be among the living.

        • Amanda Burton

          Oh now your like the all powerful mighty Oz and with just a few words can change somebodys life? You’re really just diggin yourself in deeoer and deeper.

      • golfingirl

        When an indigent, unemployed, convicted, drug dealing felon “inks” a proclamation across his body, referring to himself as “Money Bagz,” probably not a positive sign he is on the right path.

  • TruthWhisperer

    Wow another coward with a gun, Imagine that.

  • Dawn Helton

    I hope all 30 of them get what is coming to them. They take my nephew away from us.. We all love you and we all miss you davion stripe..

    • golfingirl

      I thought his last name was Strupe?

      • Dawn Helton

        Yes his last name is strupe and I am married..

        • golfingirl

          But above you called him “davion stripe.”

          Probably just a typo.

          My condolences.

    • guest

      I will miss you

  • Starryeyes63

    As I suspected They are NOT law abiding gun owners pay no attention to the troll. 1 Seventeen ( to young) and least one convicted drug dealer in Cleveland. I am referring to the “suspects” NOT the victim.

    • golfingirl

      This is exactly why law-abiding citizens demand the right to carry.

      • Starryeyes63

        Agreed. Although the troll (name not to be mentioned) blames it on the gun.

  • Sis Delish

    Only one was wearing a Hoodie in the photos… and, he was the victim… wonder if Jesse, Al and crew will be all over this??

    • Mark B

      don’t forget Art McCoy from Black on Black Crime ..

    • Sis Delish

      Crickets….

  • Calvin

    Some of you are very disrespectful..It doesn’t matter if he had thousand tattoos or whatever he did, a mother lost her child, show some respect. Plus last time I checked, God is the only judge so before you put out your two cents make sure your perfect.

    • Jeff

      Calvin, No disrespect meant, I do not even know you. But please tell me why that whenever someone gets killed….God is ALWAYS brought into it. So, I guess the moral of the story is…God let one thug kill another thug just so he can be judge by the almighty himself…..I’m sorry but God have absolutely nothing to do with this. JMO

      • Calvin

        I did not say God had anything to do with this..I’m just saying to all the disrespectful people who are commenting that God is the final judge and make sure they look into the mirror before they fly off the handle..

      • Amanda Burton

        God has every thing to do with this because if those young men knew of God and the miracles he works they would not have turned away from him. God is brought up every time someone dies because we are all aware that the persons judgement day has come. God did not make those other men kill this young man, they were lead by SIN. John 1:15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

        • Jeff

          I didn’t say make….I said “let”. And I also understand the we all have free will to do as we please. Obviously they did not know God !!!

  • Amanda Burton

    Some of you on here are the most disrespectful ignorant trashtalking POSs Honestly I cant wait til people like you die cuz I hope somebody pisses on your grave, protests your funeral, and tells all your family members what slimy bastards you really were.

    • Starryeyes63

      I know what my family is and it does not have a history of felony charges. It is all public record. You don’t like it don’t commit crimes. Sorry….

      • Amanda Burton

        God have mercy on your soul. Ephesians 4:31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you with all malice.

        • golfingirl

          Perhaps you should practice what you preach.

          Please reread your comment above. You have a lot of nerve quoting the Bible after that remark.

          Really? Wishing death on others, hoping someone p!sses on their graves. Call them a POS, and a slimy B!stard.

          And you throw a quote from the Bible into our faces reminding us to let bitterness go and speak no evil? You are hilarious!! Tell me you are kidding, aren’t you?

          May God have mercy on YOUR hypocritical soul.

          • Amanda Burton

            Not hypocritical at all, I literally think you all deserve that and I never said Id be the one to do it, so therefore it is not of malice. Also stating that you are ignorant, trashtalking POS and slimy bastards is not hate its simple truth. One can only hope that Karma will come back around. If you all were intelligent, openminded God seeking people, I would not wish that upon you. Just because someone dies doesn’t automatically mean we should respect that person, but making rude remarks about them is disrespecting their family who you don’t know and may very well be good people. What you do is leave your ignorant mouth shut unless you know both the person and their family or are going to give your condolences whether you know them or not. I don’t care if it’s news… let your business be your business, and other people’s to themselves

    • golfingirl

      This outcome was so predictable. Live by the gun, die by the gun.

      Did you expect his life to end any other way? So where were you while he was committing all the crimes he was found guilty of?

      You say we are being disrespectful, I also say they were being the same to all the good people in the community, and their own families.

      You know, the ones who have to live in fear, are awakened by the sound of gunshots and police sirens in the middle of the night, fear for the safety of their children.

      Bottom line is people are fed up with this garbage, period! It is people like ALL four in this story who have created chaos and misery for so many who obey the law and live their lives in a civil manner.

      Death does not excuse someone from criticism. It does not give them a “free pass” from all the crimes they have committed during their lives. Your reputation and legacy follows you long after your death.

      Perhaps “God” took this person to save the lives of others, the life of an innocent person.

      • Amanda Burton

        God have mercy on your soul. Colossians 3:8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.

        • golfingirl

          Your words from above:

          “Some of you on here are the most disrespectful ignorant trashtalking POSs Honestly I cant wait til people like you die cuz I hope somebody pisses on your grave, protests your funeral, and tells all your family members what slimy bastards you really were.”

          And you are quoting Bible passes telling us to not put “filthy communication out of our mouths.”

          What happen, did you find God in the past 4 hours, since you posted the above?

          Seems you quote the Bible only when it is convenient to do so.

          • Amanda Burton

            I replied to you above to explain why I can say what I said and still follow the Bible, apparently you choose to describe yourself instead of me.. on one hand you are an angel compared to who you are dogging, but on the other you are an ignorant discriminatory trashtalker. I wasnt being discriminatory or ignorant I was simply stating the truth and hoping for Karma. Now if I had said I PERSONALLY will come to you funerals and blah,blah,blah THEN I would not be following the word of God

          • Amanda Burton

            There’s plenty of ignorance about these comments! If you are tired of young men like this, why aren’t YOU ALL doing something about this? Do you run a youth group? Are you a mentor? Do you volunteer in outreach programs? Do you offer free tutoring? Are you offering them rides to church? Putting these kids down isn’t going to do anything but make the other ones WORSE! IT TAKES A COMMUNITY TO RAISE A CHILD AND THAT RIGHT THERE IS SPECIFICALLY WHY THIS COMMUNITY IS THE WAY IT IS, TOO MANY SELFISH INDIVIDUALS WHO ONLY CARE ABOUT THEM AND THEIRS!!!!!!

      • michelle

        Thankyou.

  • bROWNS77

    Perfect area! If you live in Elyria you know exactly where that is and who lives there!
    Just shows…..
    Thank God it’s a lil hidden!
    We even pay for a mini police station type thing there!
    Two officers on duty at all times !
    Start your crying! It’s logistics , stats and facts!
    My Grandparents used to live on the East Side of Cleveland , when it was nice.
    They share memories of Euclid Beach, and how nice it was with
    a trolley and rides.
    Who made the so called ghetto?
    People who live for free on section 8 , get free food EBT and
    act like fools!
    If I lived in a free environment, everything would be candyland!
    Just shows you, don’t feed the bears!

  • Dawn Helton

    Yes his last name is strupe but I am married..

  • melissa

    Your comment about THUGS and neck tattoos is just plan ignorant! I have a neck tattoo not to mention many other tattoos. My husband is covered literally head to toe in tattoos also.Its a form of art and self expression! It’s hypocrites like u that give people like us a bad rap! I forgot u must walk on water, correct? Btw I don’t live in the “ghetto”, my husband and I both work, not to mention he probably makes more money then most of u liberal assholes commenting! U make yourself look ignorant and uneducated so please stop!

    • golfingirl

      THUGS was your words, not mine…..I never referred to anyone as a “thug.”

      I am not a hypocrite, a hypocrite would criticize tattoos, even though they wear one. I have no tattoos on my body, therefore I am not a hypocrite.

      I can assure you I am not a “liberal.” Liberals would be more inclined in accepting your “art and self expression.” I think you have your definitions a little mixed-up.

      Finally, you don’t want to compare incomes or education, I can assure you, you would lose on both. Your poor writing skills settles the education argument immediately.

      You like tattoos, I don’t. I think ink belongs on paper, not the human body. Just too permanent for me. I also believe most employers would agree……a neck tattoo just screams “please don’t hire me.”

      I am glad you are employed and happy with your art form. You may be the exception.

      Have a great July 4 holiday.

    • michelle

      the money you make matters not. as far as inking yourself up from head to toe, well, let’s call him the “illustrated man,” to be polite.

  • Rob Bennett

    More off the street
    http://cp.onlinedockets.com/loraincp/case_dockets/search.aspx
    Receiving stolen property, concealed weapon, firing a weapon inside city limits, armed Robbery, breaking and entering, mishandling a firearm in a vehicle. Good Role model

  • AmyS.

    Bless the family of this young man. We are sorry for your loss and you are in our prayers.

    • guest

      thank you.it means a lot.he will be missed by all of us,we are still in deep shock.

      • AmyS.

        You are in our constant thoughts. If there is any way to help his mother please make it known.

  • melissa

    I wasn’t speaking directly to you! I was speaking to everyone making foolish statements! Obviously you have nothing better to do with your time then to argue with people.I was stating my opinion. Furthermore you know nothing about my education or or income! I must be poor white trash because of how I speak and I have a neck tattoo! You are the problem here, judging people by what you “think” they look like.Tattoos say nothing about work ethic! You could call any of my employers and I would get a great reference. It’s people like you that stereotype people like me and it’s just sad! I didn’t know you were perfect and we’re born to judge? Enjoy your 4th as well

    • HankKwah

      She’s not stereotyping anything. A LARGE percentage of criminals that have been arrested recently and featured on this site have had neck tattoos. She was simply pointing it out and adding them to the list.

  • ProudGranny

    I really can’t believe the ignorance of some of these comments. A young man died. Did any of you with the negativity stop to think about the fact that his family will probably be reading the comments? My heart goes out to any parent that loses a child. It doesn’t matter right or wrong he was still someone’s child. And no I will not be responding to any ignorant response.

    • HankKwah

      Maybe the family should’ve had an intervention and taken him off the path he was on in life?? If +/- 30 people were after this guy, he must’ve done something wrong. You don’t make that many people angry enough to beat you or kill you by being a God-fearing, law-abiding citizen.

      There’s nothing ignorant about ANY of these comments. These are people that are tired of young men like this and the men that have been arrested doing whatever they want to do, taking whatever they want to take, fouling up the society we live in. Obey the law, earn your keep, put in a hard day’s work and all is well.

      • Amanda Burton

        There’s plenty of ignorance about these comments! If you are tired of young men like this, why aren’t YOU ALL doing something about this? Do you run a youth group? Are you a mentor? Do you volunteer in outreach programs? Do you offer free tutoring? Are you offering them rides to church? Putting these kids down isn’t going to do anything but make the other ones WORSE! IT TAKES A COMMUNITY TO RAISE A CHILD AND THAT RIGHT THERE IS SPECIFICALLY WHY THIS COMMUNITY IS THE WAY IT IS, TOO MANY SELFISH INDIVIDUALS WHO ONLY CARE ABOUT THEM AND THEIRS!!!!!!

        • HankKwah

          Actually, seeing these clowns here and what they’re facing MIGHT save one or two. The reality is, the other children look at these guys and think, “Wow!! I wanna be like that!”

          So, tell us what you’re doing to stem the violence and turn kids from the thug life. Maybe the CT can do a story on you and all the children that you’re saving from death and prison. Otherwise, you have no idea what the rest of us are doing keeping our kids and THEIR friends on the straight and narrow.

    • Sis Delish

      Sure, he Was someone’s child and grandchild.

      However, until Obamacare, and covering “children” ’til they are 26 years-old, most would conclude that except for the 17-year old pre-felon, these were Grown Men acting like children.

      30-on-One wouldn’t fly on a basketball court.

  • John Demirjian

    Who really cares. Let them kill each other. One less oxygen thief to deal with.

  • MrRespect

    Looks like they won’t be going to “RoverFest” this year!

  • michelle

    Let me tell you what I am sorry about. The degradation of this society in which I find myself having to live, and all the other good people who have to put up with this as well.

  • Bob

    Not to draw attention to the negative comments. But I find it laughable that the people complaining about the negative comment are some I have seen making negative on other stories.

    What now that it is your friend, brother or son, it’s wrong to make negative comment. STFU..

    It is never a good thing when someone dies. But you, “live by the sword, so shall you die”.

  • SniperFire

    Gangstas offing other gangstas isn’t exactly riveting news…..

  • golfingirl

    More Than 60 Shot, 9 Dead in Chicago’s Bloody Holiday Weekend. The vast majority were young black males.

    Wait, you mean to tell me that some of the strictest gun laws in the country don’t stop gun violence? Say it isn’t so.

  • Amanda Burton

    You are just as bad as the people you claim are such a waste of society, neither of you has God in their lives and thats a big problem, you contribute to the hate spread around that causes things like this whether you realize it or not. Try going to church and repenting for your own sins before judging other people for theirs.

  • Simon Jester

    You’re a wonder to me. In one breath it’s all hate and butthurt, and the next it’s a tent revival…

    Take a well needed moonlit walk down garden street. The “residents” will do the rest.

  • Amanda Burton

    First of all, I never said anything hateful.. unless you count “ignorant” and if you look up ignorant in the dictionary you’ll see that it means unknowing (as in you don’t know these people and you obviously don’t know God) and tent revival? Really? Again, ignorance (not hate, just truth) I have walked all over the west and south sides of Elyria at night alone (its cooler then and less creeps honking at you) and never had a single problem because I mind my own business. Oh and BTW I used to hang out at my girlfriend’s house ON Garden St all the time when she lived there… funny no problems then either! The comments that I made were of no malice, I never said I would do anything to anyone, and any name calling like POS or slimy bastards werent being hateful they were being REAL! If you are tired of young men like this, why aren’t YOU ALL doing something about this? Do you run a youth group? Are you a mentor? Do you volunteer in outreach programs? Do you offer free tutoring? Are you offering them rides to church? Putting these kids down isn’t going to do anything but make the other ones WORSE! IT TAKES A COMMUNITY TO RAISE A CHILD AND THAT RIGHT THERE IS SPECIFICALLY WHY THIS COMMUNITY IS THE WAY IT IS, TOO MANY SELFISH INDIVIDUALS WHO ONLY CARE ABOUT THEM AND THEIRS!!!!!!

  • Joe Smith

    “WORSE! IT TAKES A COMMUNITY TO RAISE A CHILD”
    Actually, it is up to the parents to raise a child, the thought process that the community owes you something may have something to do with why you have your attitude.

  • Amanda Burton

    The community owes me nothing I was raised well by my parents and neighbors who I still keep in contact with and my children are doing well because of the same. I have an attitude because people have no respect for a family that just lost someone. Maybe if their neighbors growing up taught them about respect, promoting peace, and God they wouldn’t be feeling like the community owes THEM something. You feel entitled to a safe, non-violent, productive community when you do nothing to promote those qualities in the people who need to learn them. YOU feel the community owes you something, I give back to my community without discrimination.

  • Joe Smith

    Its not up to the neighbors to teach you anything, it is up to your parents as your neighbors beliefs may differ from the parents

  • Amanda Burton

    Its even better when the neighbors beliefs are different (as long as they are still positive) that way the child gets exposed to different ways of culture, learning, and religion. It makes them more open-minded and willing to obtain as much knowledge as they can before making their OWN decisions when they get older.

  • Joe Smith

    Its not better if the neighbors teach you anything different if it is against the parents beliefs. A Muslim would not want a Christian to teach their children about their beliefs and vice versa. Would you want a pro drug neighbor to teach your children that drugs are ok if you are antidrug? I know you said as long as it is positive, but a person of certain beliefs think their religion is positive when the parent does not, the pro drug person thinks their position is positive etc. The parent should be in total control of their children ( the best they can) until they get old enough to make their own decisions.

    Glad things worked out for you, but that is not always the case and it should be up to the parents within the law.

    Have a good weekend