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Memphis memorial to martyrs to murder

As the names of 111 people murdered in Memphis last year were read aloud at Caritas Village, a somber crowd wept, prayed and reflected upon the sorrows of the families left behind. As the names of 111 people murdered in Memphis last year were read aloud on Saturday (June 11) at Caritas Village, a somber crowd wept, prayed and reflected upon the sorrows of the families left behind.

The annual Memphis Memorial to Martyrs to Murder gathering reflected the rich diversity of the city as African Americans, Hispanics, Asians and European Americans stood quietly, shoulder-to-shoulder, to stand up for those whose lives have been cut short by domestic violence, arguments, gang warfare, burglary and robbery.

As the martyrs’ names were read aloud, one at a time, more than 60 people took turns fastening the victim’s name card to a wire figure. Most cards included the victim’s name, age and a brief description of the way in which the person died, i.e. robbery, violence, argument, etc.

Attendees – which included local ministers, community activists, family and friends – offered silent prayers throughout the brief ceremony as they reflected upon the dead and the wounded left behind after every act of murder or violence.

“Each year we gather the Saturday before Pentecost to call/lift the names and erect life figures of martyrs to murder in Memphis from the previous year. This year we remembered 111 gifts of life lost to murder, “the Caritas Village organizers said in a message posted on the organization’s Facebook page.

Located at 2509 Harvard Ave. in Binghampton, Caritas Village “seeks to break down the walls of hostility between and among neighbors and build bridges of love and trust between the rich and those made poor,” according to Onie Johns, the relationship builder who is the center’s driving force. Residents step inside to a warm and cozy space that provides fellowship, good meals, free classes and healthcare screenings and dialogs.

2010 HOMICIDES
VICTIM LOCATION MOTIVE
1. Jose Enoc Espinozo; 23 3975 Chelsea Argument
2. Monterias Davis; 20 2850 Five Colonies Robbery
3. Robert Rice; 64 1720 E. Holmes Robbery
4. Louis Kimbro; 66 3748 Hermitage Justified
5. Carlos Armstrong; 34 Ford and Walker Argument
6. Reuben Jefferson; 48 470 E. Georgia Argument
7. James Felix; 63 1673 E. Holmes Argument
8. Rickey Harrell; 23 Vance and Orleans Argument
9. Richard Brown; 37 528 Josephine Unknown
10. Taffi Crawford; 35 3000 Getwell DV
11. Cassandra McNeil; 45 6206 Village Park DV
12. Christian Arredondo; 24 3741 Longfellow Argument
13. Charles Hunter; 26 Brown and Watkins Gang
14. Marques Rainey; 28 1200 E. Shelby Dr. Argument
15. Michael Owen; 30 1797 Castalia Unknown
16. James Jones; 43 1797 Castalia Unknown
17. David Clay; 59 2740 Watkins Justified
18. Jermaine Blake; 34 1644 Harmen Argument
19. Malcomb Shaw; 43 1346 Standridge Justified
20. Glenda Kimball; 56 1308 Smith Unknown
21. Sony Millbrook; 28 1533 E. Brooks DV
22. Aaron Farrow; 19 4946 Shelter Argument
23. Jerry Harris; 52 1057 Peabody DV
24. Travis Williams; 27 Watkins and Lexington Unknown
25. James Murphy; 55 1469 Standridge Argument
26. James Nash; 31 3224 Nora Ln Robbery
27. Michael Williams; 23 3539 Ridgeway DV
28. Maurice Mangrum; 55 1737 Ontario DV
29. James Baker; 62 3161 Ruby DV
30. Robert Houston; 51 4009 Balfour DV
31. Ruben Poindexter; 21 Decatur and Galloway Unknown
32. Erica Adams; 22 1092 Doral DV
33. Harold Chavis; 52 2786 Hidden Arbor Robbery
34. Bruce Burchett; 25 261 Jones Argument
35. Rico Abston; 34 1165 Walker Argument
36. Saniiyah Kuykendall; 2 3123 Redwood Child Abuse
37. Dezaray Overton; 24 57 N. Somerville DV
38. Kenneth Freeman; 42 3533 Hickory Hill Unknown
39. Keith Saulsberry; 22 1300 Wesley Gang
40. Marshall Mitchell; 43 1632 Netherwood Argument
41. Andrew Fleming; 14 4258 Argonne Negligence
42. Terrika Hill; 20 373 Cossitt Place DV
43. Sarah Jenkins; 29 3397 Briar Park West Argument
44. Ricky Cunningham; 45 1553 Hollywood Justified
45. Deangelo McKinley; 22 1545 Victor Argument
46. Ross Peden; 54 Orleans and Richmond Robbery
47. Arielle Pruitt; 19 Dwight and Pendleton Argument
48. Jimmie Driskell; 34 929 N Main Unknown
49. Antonio Hawkins; 31 5178 Banbury Robbery
50. Adrian Cobb; 18 296 Monroe Argument
51. Michael Davis; 40 1700 Paullus Robbery
52. Orlando Moore; 31 1507 Ely Robbery
53. Wayne Turner; 29 3214 Forest Brook Robbery
54. Marquez Chatman; 16 5873 Edgewater Robbery
55. James Taylor; 26 1011 McLemore Robbery
56. Myka Warmsley; 31 1067 Atlantic DV
57. Kimberly Jamerson; 24 2706 Northmeade Argument
58. Randy Farmer; 21 2663 Mt. Moriah Argument
59. Deangelo Isabell; 17 3943 S. Goodlett Argument
60. Michael Goins; 28 1028 Parkland Robbery
61. Rueben James; 22 1055 Palmer Robbery
62. Edgar Ashby; 35 12th and Holmes Unknown
63. Kifaya Usmon; 18 8038 Trinity Mills Argument
64. Eric Holley; 41 721 Manassas Argument
65. William Parker; 71 230 Manassas Negligence
66. Karriem Moore; 29 2165 Pennsylvania Argument
67. Tony Miller; 38 2395 Chelsea DV
68. Lorenzen Wright; 34 Callis Cutoff and Hacks Cross Unknown
69. Delrick Harris; 33 1482 Carnegie Argument
70. Rodney Brown; 28 4216 Vann DV
71. Thadues Hunt; 24 Grand and Saratoga Argument
72. Charles Crawford; 62 2687 Holmes Burglary
73. Latisha Williams; 35 2225 Riley Alley DV
74. Arthur Simmons; 23 2211 Hawkins Mill Unknown
75. Chris Lacey; 16 3261 S. Third Argument
76. Lee Brown; 42 4880 Shayne Robbery
77. Reggie Miller; 52 1520 Getwell Argument
78. Jermie Shelton; 26 3155 Sharpe Argument
79. Randy Burrows; 24 1764 Gowans Robbery
80. Cornelius Edwards; 38 Tumberland and S. Parkway Argument
81. Nico Craft; 39 1681 Pope Unknown
82. Sultan Ameer Althaibani; 21 Hollins and Merton Robbery
83. Walter Savage; 59 688 Collins Argument
84. Jose Manuel; 25 3457 Goodlett Robbery
85. Martin Webster; 19 4181 Eastwind Robbery
86. Robert Lee Howard; 39 599 Poplar Argument
87. Carmack Douglass; 25 3468 Piney Woods Argument
88. Mark Clark; 29 3167 Knight Argument
89. Larry Boyce; 26 3986 Bertram Argument
90. Edna Debose; 64 1247 Rosecliff DV
91. Lyle King;21 1488 McMillan Argument
92. Thomas Price; 56 369 Scott Argument
93. Michael Jackson; 40 3591 Big Tree DV
94. Jacklyn Miller; 21 4557 Bradley DV
95. Everett Jones; 37 3178 Beauchamp Robbery
96. Brittney Davis; 22 6633 Rainbrook DV
97. Ed Davis; 56 6633 Rainbrook Argument
98. Christopher Sanders; 25 60 Ila Justified
99. Madison Murphree; 11months 848 Adams Child Abuse
100. Larry Stone; 61 3888 Hacks Cross Justified
101. Kristine Hickman; 34 1214 Pallwood DV
102. Patrick McCarley; 31 340 S. Parkway Unknown
103. Joe Toney; 22 3510 Bellwood Negligence
104. Jerome Bretn; 26 Person and Gaby Unknown
105. William Bibbs; 17 6540 Mt. Moriah Argument
106. Detrick Terry; 17 Apple Blossom and Maple Leaf Unknown
107. Marquette Chalmers; 24 5435 Meadowlake Argument
`08. Donald Ellsworth; 59 831 Brower Theft
109. Jerri Meister; 50 831 Brower Theft
110. Anthony Randle; 20 3002 Park Robbery
111. NA
112. Ibrahim Isaq; 22 2956 Walnut Grove Argument


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