Our Village Coalition

 "I am because we are" -  Ubuntu

 

Where's the Village? 

The tragic event of April 18, 2014 that killed my ex son-in-law Ka'Vyea Curry and left my grandson Ka'Vyea Tyson-Curry fighting for his life is something that no family should ever have to endure. 


Just a few days after this tragedy changed our lives forever I was thrust in front of 300 or so people that came out for the all to familiar prayer vigil and I asked a single question; "Where's the Village?"


At that moment I had just come to the realization that this wasn't a nightmare that I would wake up from. This was real, this was my life. I had accepted this course of events and already turned my grandson care over to God. My question was answered just a few days later when the individual responsible for this heinous and violent act of crime was captured. 


I ask this question again "Where's the Village" in light of the many homicides that have been committed in our village, many of them which have gone unsolved, our Village stepped up and brought one killer to justice, and he has seen his day in court, but there are so many more families out there that can't say the same. Our Village has let these families down!  


The senseless murder of so many people in our village and through out our village at-large is such a shame and we all should share the blame! There is no reason for any of these murders continuing to be unsolved. Someone, somewhere has heard something about each of these homicides. 


As a Village we should take every single crime and homicide personally. We should feel as if each crime and/or homicide was committed against one of our own relatives. If someone killed your brother, sister, mother or father, cousin, neighbor, co-worker or friend you would want SOMEONE to speak up for them, wouldn't you? So why are we not speaking up for the family members of these murder victims? 


Why?


We are so quick to blame someone, somebody, some entity for the problems that affect our Village, but when things like this occur we have no one else to blame but ourselves!  


My grandson laid in a hospital bed for nearly 3-months, and he will never walk again, because we've allowed politicians, D.C. lobbyist, Second Amendment fanatics (scratch that lunatics), and the NRA dictate to us how we should or shouldn't protect our families. 


To become that Village again, that raised me, cared for me, nurtured me, and I'm assuming some of you too, WE MUST GET INVOLVED, WE MUST SPEAK UP! WE MUST ANSWER the QUESTION, "Where's the Village?"