Is North Carolinians Against Gun Violence holding a vigil for a convicted felon?

Check out this Facebook post on NCGV’s Facebook page.


Seems pretty normal, until you do a search for the victim’s name in the Department of Corrections database.

Victim 1

Oh, dear.

It’s not like the victim’s name is a common one which would lead to some chance of mistaken identity. He’s been convicted of Assault with a Deadly Weapon Inflicting Serious Injury. But wait, there’s more.

A fight nearly broke out between two families Thursday in Durham County Superior Court when a defense attorney claimed that her client killed a man and permanently wounded another in self defense.

Read the whole thing, but here’s the defense lawyer’s description of what happened.

Williams [Suspect’s lawyer] informed the court that her client would be claiming he was defending himself on Dec. 5, 2011, when he shot and killed (Victim 1), 25, and gravely wounded (Victim 2), 28, who was paralyzed from the neck down in the shooting. Williams told Superior Court Judge Orlando Hudson that it was a complicated case because (Suspect), who did not have a criminal record before the shootings, was friends with (Victim 1) and (Victim 2), but he came to suspect that they may have participated in a home invasion in 2009, in which his cousin, (Separate incident Victim 3), 20, and her boyfriend, (Separate incident Victim 4), 24, were shot and killed in their apartment on University Drive, Williams said.

(Victim 4), (Victim 1) and (Victim 2) were well-known as being involved in drug sales, Williams said.

When (Suspect) began to investigate his suspicions, (Victim 1) and (Victim 2) began to harass and threaten him, including threatening him with guns, she said.

According to the NC Courts website, the trial will start on October 6th of this year.

For reference

Victim 2

Victim 4

In both incidents, there appear to be only two people who weren’t convicted criminal, the suspect here and Victim 3, who was Victim 4’s girlfriend.

So why is NCGV holding a vigil for a convicted felon, possibly killed in self defense? Why are they using the death of this convicted felon to push for the infringement of our rights? Are they that tone deaf?

Reminder: NCGV was basically just purchased by Michael Bloomberg, Inc, who installed their creature to run the place. This is her first public event. Good job, Bloomie!