Police Action

Grieving relatives wonder why cops shot their loved ones.

By Kia Gregory
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"Three-fourths of me went into that grave with my son, but I have to keep going," says Carney. "I can't bring my son back. The only thing I can do is get justice for him. That's what keeps me going."

Kia Gregory (kgregory@philadelphiaweekly.com) last wrote about a protest demanding the release of more Section 8 vouchers.

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1. realisright said... on Nov 16, 2008 at 03:36AM

“Tell me, Kia, before you wrote this story, did you also research the deceased's criminal record or interview all his neighbors or teachers? I am finding it harder and harder to spend time reading any reporter's stories anymore, because I only find out later that there is ALWAYS more information--information that leads to a more truthful representation of the incident or of a person's life and behavior--that the author left out. I would like the media to tell us the whole story, because for so long now, you have only presented one side of stories like this.”

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2. Faheem said... on Jan 20, 2009 at 01:53AM

“Would it be easier for you to accept the killing of yet another black man if someone told you he had a criminal record or perhaps if a neighbor may have reported they caught him selling drugs or beating on his baby mom, maybe that could help you paint a clearer picture of a justifiable murder. Well unfortunately there are none of those circumstances prevalent in this case. DO YOU THINK 150 PLUS PEOPLE WOULD RALLY NOT ONCE, NOT TWICE, BUT THREE TIMES FOR A SOCIAL DEGINERATE? NO! This was a good man, without a criminal record, that got along well with his community, and his behavior was exemplified through good deeds to both friends and family. So if its hard for you to accept that a person could be brutally murdered under the circumstances presented in this article, imagine how it must feel for his family and friends to know how accurate the facts presented are and still be left without him.”

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3. Kenny said... on Oct 3, 2012 at 01:16PM

“You know I never got any resolution to this story, Boo was a friend of mine from the time we were 13 until his demise. I actually attribute him to me never getting in trouble because he was just not into that. I still have no Idea what happened just know I lost a lifelong friend and barber. His mom was right he despised drugs as I do , I believe this is why we clicked so much. unfortunately when Boo was killed I didnt find out until the day of his funeral. I went to his house for a haircut and was told what happend, Had my nephew with me, he was around 9, really didn't understand what was going on just that we would never seen him again. Truly one of the events in my life that still sits wrong with me! From the age of 13 I outgrew many friends but Boo we were still close I still saw him at a minimum every other week! Just want to know what happened that night. I know there are a lot of us with this same question as Boo was a guy with intergrity, he left a lot of friends behind.”

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4. Calvin said... on Feb 6, 2015 at 12:48AM

“Boo the barber was a lot of things such as a compassionate selfless caring individual who made his money the legal way and that was by being the best barber in Southwest Philly hands down. This talk by the police of Boo dealing drugs was ludicrous and furthermore that night of his untimely demise he was leaving his cousin Jermaine's house on Ruby street and was heading home to his own house on Angorra Terrace.Finally to that murderous cop who killed my friend who was like an older brother your day reckoning at the hands of the creator is coming.”

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5. Beir Rzzehd said... on Jul 24, 2015 at 02:20AM

“I knew Boo from the time I was born up util the very day he died. He, my brother Buddah (RIP) and myself were all raised together and till this very day I still mourn this dude. The undercover Philly "po'lice" have a penchant for 'jumpin out' on unsuspecting people like they're stick-up kids, especially in Southwest Philly. Every Philly cop has been under scrutiny ever since my God-brother's murder. Oftentimes I worry of my own safety encountering police. Not only was Boo a man with integrity, he had an aura about him that defined him more like a surrogate big brother to me. His mother and I still correspond today and every time I talk to her, he be heavy in my thoughts. By far, a very good dude he was...............RIP Boo Da Barber [2/3/72-8/3/03]”


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