Stop the senseless murders

My name is Floyd Prunty Jr.; my brother is Odis Prunty, the father of Rachael Ross-Golden.

I’m reminded of Rachael Ross-Golden and Jazznique Fort, two females who barely witnessed the beginning of the New Year 2015. It makes me wonder what the year has in store as we have most of the winter, spring and summer to look forward to.

I know we, as a people, have an assignment ahead. We must put our thoughts and voices together now and try to put a halt to the senseless murders. Our communities need to establish working relationships with our police. We can truly see our police, men and women, are needed night and day for our safety, sometimes for our very existence. We need to give them the respect they deserve and stop criticizing at every chance. Without them, it would not be safe for us to leave our door. I thank God for the protection we can expect when there’s an officer present. So, I ask our ministers, businessmen and women and parents to make an effort to educate the public on good behavior and respect when people are murdered. We shouldn’t just attend the funeral in mass numbers and put the act on the back burner the next week. I, for one, plan to attend all court dates concerning my niece, and in 2015 I plan to stand up for our community when these acts are committed. Our family does not plan to be silent now or in the future. Our family wants justice for Rachael, and may God be with us on this journey.

Respectfully yours,

Floyd Tyrone Prunty Jr.
Rockford

From the Jan. 7-13, 2015, issue

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