Thursday, July 24, 2014


I can not begin to tell you how devastated I am by the murder of Mr. Eric Garner at the hands of New York Police Department Officers.  Beginning next week, I will be doing a series of shows address this case and several other high profile cases.  Stay tuned.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014


UPDATE 7/23/2014:  Ramona Gill has been charged with the murder of Lawrence Montrel Bress.  This is very good news for Montrel's children and family.  This woman will be held accountable for devastating and permanently altering the lives of Montrel's two children.  Please keep them and their Mom in your prayers.  Thank you.

UPDATE:  According to investigators, the Ramona Gill  (featured in the photo below) has allegedly confessed to fatally stabbing Lawrence Montrel Bress. However, authorities said they do not have enough evidence to charge her at this time and the investigation is ongoing. Blank stare. If you have any information about this woman or the case, please contact the Sheriff's Sgt. Jennings Autrey Greenville of SC Sheriff Dept at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. —Greenville County deputies responded to the scene of a reported stabbing at an apartment complex and found a man dead.
 It happened in a building along Pinecroft Drive in The Granite at Taylors around 8:50 p.m. Saturday.
 "I heard a little bit of something coming from upstairs. There were a lot of booms coming across the floor," said Mike Henry, who lives below the victim's apartment. 
Henry told WYFF News4's Mike McCormick that he's heard the couple upstairs arguing in the past, so he didn't think anything of the noises he heard Saturday night until he heard a bang at his door.
"I came out and asked him if he was all right and he said, 'No,'" Henry said. 
Henry told McCormick that the man from upstairs was now outside his door, holding his chest near his heart and claiming that he'd been stabbed. 
Henry went to call 911. He said the man then walked down stairs. 
"I heard screaming and we turned the TV off just to make sure it wasn't the TV. There was some loud screaming in the hallway," said Kristin Hunter, who lives in the apartment across from the victim's.
Hunter said she and other neighbors tried to help the victim. 
"My roommate was holding his head up the whole time. We got towels from a neighbor. She was pressing them on his chest," said Hunter. "Every now and then he would gasp for breath, but my roommate said he had died before EMS even got there." 
The coroner identified the victim as Lawrence Montrel Bress. He was 35. 
"He was the nicest guy, real personable, really nice. He would talk to you about anything. I mean, he was a really nice guy," Hunter said. 
Deputies have not made any arrests or filed any charges in the case. Deputies said they believe that the incident was not a random attack, but wouldn't comment further. (Source)


Tuesday, July 15, 2014


March for Genesis: Residents march, call for peace,inspired by the shooting death of 12-year-old Genesis Rincon
More than 100 people marched through Paterson’s 4th Ward on Sunday evening, singing spirituals and joining hands in prayer, to launch a church-based community movement inspired by the death last week of 12-year-old Genesis Rincon.
The walk began at Bethel A.M.E. Church at the end of Auburn Street, and passed some of the most dangerous corners of the city, led by more than a dozen religious leaders and flanked by local law enforcement.
The Rev. Allan Boyer, the Bethel pastor, called on “people of all faiths” to do more to stop “the violence sweeping through our communities.”
The movement’s name, G-12, is a reference to Genesis — the girl’s name, and the first book of the Bible — and to the 12 blocks that participating churches will be asked to “sponsor” in their communities....
Fourth Ward Councilwoman Ruby Cotton spoke to the crowd at the end of the night, pledging to protect the residents not just from crime but from predatory landlords and high rents, which she said were “killing” residents in the neighborhood.
Among those marching Sunday was newly named Paterson Police Director Jerry Speziale, who was greeted with thunderous applause. Several times residents thanked the police for attending, and for their care and attention in the wake of Genesis’ killing.
But one Paterson man, who lives on Rosa Parks near where Genesis was shot, wondered what had taken the police so long. “We call the police every day, we tell them they be selling drugs down here all day,” said the 54-year-old man, who asked not to be identified. “A young girl has to die before they come out here?”
D. Pierce, another Paterson resident, said the neighborhood was filled with “hardworking people,” many of whom now wanted to leave because of the violence.
“Paterson is a big, deep wound that needs some big, deep healing,” Pierce said. (Source)

Saturday, July 12, 2014


"For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,
neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." ~ Romans 8:38,39

A white, horse-drawn carriage pulled the casket of Genesis Rincon, the 12-year-old Paterson girl who was shot in the head last week on the way to her aunt’s house, from a church in the city to her final resting place in Totowa Saturday morning.

More than 200 mourners – friends, family and community members – turned out to pay their last respects, starting early on a beautiful summer morning at the Community Baptist Church of Love in Paterson and ending at the Laurel Grove Cemetery in Totowa. Many of those grieving wore white T-shirts with Genesis’ smiling face or caps with “Justice for Genesis” emblazoned on them. 
“We pray that God will continue to use Genesis for change. Not just for Paterson but the world, forever and ever,” said Rev. Della Fischer, who presided over the burial.
At the cemetery, three of Genesis’ young relatives released a white dove into the air as a symbol of hope and joy, Fischer told the crowd gathered around the girl’s white and gold casket, which was surrounded by flowers and stuffed animals.
“We have assembled to prove that we too will fly away and we’ll see her again,” Fischer said.
Rincon was riding a scooter with two other children down Rosa Parks Boulevard – in an area known for violence – Saturday evening last week when she was gunned down. Authorities have said she and the other children were not the targets of the shooting, and three Paterson men have been arrested in connected with the case.
Her death has rattled this city of 150,000, which has in recent months seen a significant uptick in shootings.
Family members on Saturday described Rincon, who went to School 21, as joyous, charismatic and caring, especially for her younger siblings. The young girl dreamed of being a cosmetologist – she often mixed her own lipstick – or a teacher, they said.
 “She was loved by everyone,” said Martha Cordero, a cousin. (Source)


"The irony of a little girl named after the first book in the Bible being slain on a street named after a woman who refused to sit on the back of the bus is almost too painful to comprehend.
via SimplyyStasiaa on YouTube

PATERSON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) –  Hundreds of mourners turned out at a Paterson, New Jersey church Friday evening, in commemoration of a 12-year-old girl who was hit by a stray bullet while riding a scooter in Paterson, New Jersey.
An open-casket funeral was held at the Community Baptist Church of Love for Genesis Rincon.
As CBS 2’s Jessica Schneider reported Friday night, the church was filled with dozens of bright balloons, as the mourners shared their pain. 
Genesis’ father, Alexis Rincon, choked up during the tribute to his daughter. 
“A true angel has received her wings and flew up to heaven,” he said. “She will always be in our hearts.” 
Rincon’s young friends were the first to enter the church. 
“It was a tragedy because, like, I knew her. I spoke to her,” said friend Noah Abdul-Hakeem. “We were that close.” 
Inside, mourners erupted in a jubilant song to celebrate Genesis’ life. 
There was also praise for Rincon for inadvertently saving the lives of the five children who were also in harm’s way that night. 
“I’m glad she went to God, because now she doesn’t have to suffer anymore in Paterson,” said Genesis’ sister, also named Alexis Rincon. (Source

Friday, July 11, 2014


"When Paterson hurts, I hurt." ~ Paterson Mayor Jose Joey Torres

UPDATE 7/11/2014:   Jeffrey Ellerbee, 21, and Marshae Anthony, 19, were both charged Friday in the death of Genesis Rincon, according to the Paterson police and Passaic County prosecutors. Ellerbee was charged with first-degree murder, and both suspects faced charges of unlawful possession of a weapon. Prosecutors asked that bail be set at $2 million for Ellerbee and $75,000 for Anthony. (Source)

 PATERSON – A judge this morning continued the $3 million cash bail for a man accused of killing 12-year-old Genesis Rincon.
Dressed in a green jumpsuit, Jhymiere Moore, 19, pleaded not guilty to murder and weapons charges during his first appearance in Passaic County Superior Court. His lawyer, Harley Breite, says Moore was not involved in the girl’s fatal shooting and that the bail is excessive.
The courtroom was packed with Genesis’ family and supporters who wore T-shirts dedicated to her and white-and-red “Justice for Genesis” caps. Passaic County Sheriff Richard Berdnik also was in attendance.
Genesis was fatally shot last week while walking with two other children, who took turns riding her scooter along Rose Parks Boulevard, authorities said. 
Her family said Thursday that the gunfire came from a white van occupied by three men. Authorities have declined to say whether the shooter was on foot or in a vehicle or whether they believe Moore acted alone.
During a news conference after the hearing, [Attorney] Breite said “one tragedy should not cause another tragedy.”
“The wrongful persecution of a 19-year-old city youth is not the answer to what’s going on Paterson,” he said. “One thing is for sure: the killer of that young girl was not in court today.”
Genesis’ funeral is scheduled for 5 p.m. tonight at Community Baptist Church of Love on Broadway in Paterson. (Source)

*NOTICE:  Funeral Services will be held: Friday July 11, 2014 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM at Community Baptist Church located at 535 Broadway Paterson, NJ. ~ Interment will be at Laurel Grove Cemetery in Totowa, NJ on Saturday July 12, 2014 at 10 AM. 

Thursday, July 10, 2014


'If you know something, say something." via Rev. Della Mccall-Fischer

The 19-year-old suspect charged in the fatal shooting of Genesis Rincon, the child whose death triggered an emotional outcry in a community weary of gun violence, may have been a target of a search by Paterson police within hours of the crime. 
The arrest of Jhymiere Moore on murder and weapons charges was aided by tips from the community, authorities said in a |news conference Wednesday, adding that police identified him as a suspect by Monday, two days after the shooting.
But just two hours after the Saturday evening shooting, neighbors said police K-9 units searched back yards on East 17th Street in an area where Moore had a listed address. They returned Tuesday asking for home video surveillance.
“The community involvement is critical in this particular case,” Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes said at a news conference to announce the arrest.
Moore, who was on parole for other criminal offenses, turned himself in on Tuesday and was in police custody by midnight, Valdes said. She said that 12-year-old Genesis, who was shot in the head with a handgun, and two children who were with her as she rode her scooter on Rosa Parks Boulevard, were not the intended targets. (Source)

Wednesday, July 9, 2014


"Back in the sixties our brothers and sisters were hanged.  
How can you gang-bang?
I never ever ran from the Ku Klux Klan. 
And I shouldn't have to run from a Black [or Latino] man."
Kool Moe Dee (Self Destruction)

Authorities are asking people to call 973-321-1120, 973-321-1342 or 973-523-TIPS; callers can remain anonymous. 


 PATERSON - Hundreds rallied in Paterson in remembrance of a young life lost too soon, and called for an end to the city's violence.

Community members and community leaders want "Justice for Genesis," the 12-year-old girl gunned down while riding her scooter on Saturday.

Genesis Rincon's family stood on the steps of City Hall Tuesday night, sharing their loss with the crowd.

Genesis' father Alexis Rincon and big sister, also named Alexis, who was with her sister when she was shot, were among the speakers.

 "Whoever did this has no type of heart," says Genesis' sister. "How can you sleep at night?"

After making their case to the crowd, family members took their pleas to city council members and the mayor. They are pushing for an end to violence, hoping this loss is enough to make it happen. (Source)

Monday, July 7, 2014


"Back in the sixties our brothers and sisters were hanged.  
How can you gang-bang?
I never ever ran from the Ku Klux Klan. 
And I shouldn't have to run from a Black [or Latino] man."
Kool Moe Dee (Self Destruction)

Authorities are asking people to call 973-321-1120, 973-321-1342 or 973-523-TIPS; callers can remain anonymous. 

Just after sunset on Saturday, amid the street-side firecrackers and backyard barbecues of a holiday weekend in Paterson, 12-year-old Genesis Rincon left a family party with two friends and rode her cherished scooter around the corner to the bodega at the end of Rosa Parks Boulevard.
The store was closed, so the three children turned around to go home, taking turns on the scooter, when an unknown gunman shot Rincon in the head. Rincon died in a nearby hospital Sunday evening, police said.
It was the second shooting on the block in less than 24 hours: early Saturday morning, a 26-year-old man was shot on the corner of Rosa Parks and Putnam Street. But in a neighborhood traumatized by gun violence — Paterson’s 4th Ward accounted for nearly half of the city’s 31 reported shootings in the first four months of this year, according to the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office — Rincon’s shooting appears to have struck a nerve, galvanizing residents and city politicians calling for dramatic efforts to stem the bloodshed. 
Paterson has seen a steady increase in the number of shootings over the past five years, officials have said. In 2013, Paterson recorded 91 total shooting incidents, with 103 total victims, including 19 gun-related homicides, according to the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office....
“They should have the city declared a state of emergency,” said Beverly Putnam, 63, who lives around the corner from where Rincon was shot. A lifelong Paterson resident, Putnam said random gun violence had increased in recent years....
Rincon was declared brain-dead on Sunday, but she remained on life support at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Paterson while the family made arrangements to donate her organs, police said.
“The family is hoping that while their daughter's life was ended so young their daughter can help save other lives,” Rodriguez said.
The two other children, a girl about the same age as Rincon and a boy a few years younger, were not struck by the bullets, but were both “traumatized,” Rodriguez said.
Getting people to speak with police about shootings in Paterson can be challenging, officials said. (Source)


When are we going to stop this madness and come together? 
So that we can make our lives, our African American lives, a whole lot better. 

When are we going to stop hurting our sisters and brothers, 
And learn to get along with one another? 

When are we going to stop being slaves to material possession? 
KNOWLEDGE and EDUCATION are the keys of life, this is a true confession. 

With fine clothing we nurture our skin. 
But what about our souls that dwell within? 

When are we going to take a look at that man or that woman in the mirror and stop blaming others for our mistakes? 
Learn from them that is all it takes. 

When are we going to give our sisters and brothers credit where it is due? 
Instead of putting them down because you wished it was you. 

When are we going to Wake Up and Learn from ancestors never to give up? 
Will this be before we self destruct? 


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