Turning the other cheek.
A black teenager - a purported 'star' athlete on his high school football team - blows away a white male in Seattle, all while he was on the phone with the police.
17-year-old Trayvon Martin Byron White murdered a white male in Seattle... then complained the phone he stole from him "was not a nicer model"
wife widow? Nothing but grief for the family of the accused murderer.[ Two women share grief over Greenwood slaying: The slaying of David L. Peterson on Feb. 23 has left two families devastated: the victim’s and the suspected killer’s., Seattle Times, 3-3-14]:
The two Seattle women are heartbroken: one because her husband of more than 20 years has been slain; the other because her son is accused of the murder.
On the same day David L. Peterson’s suspected killer — a 17-year-old Ballard High School student — was ordered held in detention for investigation of homicide, the most important women in their lives were expressing compassion and sorrow for each other’s family.
“I feel heartbroken for his family,” said Kimberly Dawn Pettigrew Peterson. “I’ve known now for a week and now his mother and his family is just finding out about this. I’m sure they are heartbroken themselves.”
Pettigrew Peterson, the widow of David Peterson, 54, said that as a mother and a person of faith she has forgiven her husband’s killer and feels nothing but grief for his family.
The teen’s mother, Yvette Watkins, acknowledged she knows little about the allegations, but said her son had been a good and respectful student from a two-parent household who had been taught the difference between right and wrong.
She said he had taken a turn for the worst over the couple of months, but she had not seen this coming. Contrary to media reports, she said he was not homeless.
“Our heart goes out to the Peterson family. They have been torn apart,” Watkins said. “And we’ve been torn apart, too. A piece of my heart has been snatched out of my chest.”
Her son, a decorated member of the Ballard High football team, is accused of shooting Peterson in the chest while stealing his cellphone during a Feb. 23 confrontation on a Greenwood street. He was arrested Saturday at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport as he was about to board a flight for Atlanta, Seattle police say in an affidavit of probable cause that outlines the case against the suspected shooter.But wait.
There's more to the story.
|David L. Peterson... probably a good white liberal his entire life. Ended with one shot to the chest via one of Obama's Sons|
The 17-year-old Byron White complained to a friend that the phone he stole from Peterson "was not a nicer model."[Police: Teen complained about stolen phone in Greenwood slaying: A17-year-old who allegedly killed a man in Greenwood for his cellphone and then complained it wasn’t a nicer model was charged with first-degree murder Tuesday, Seattle Times, 3-5-14]:
After fatally shooting a Seattle man for his cellphone last month, police say the 17-year-old high-school student fled to a friend’s home where he complained the phone “was not a nicer model,” according to charging documents filed Wednesday.
The suspect, Ballard High senior Byron White, was charged as an adult in connection with the fatal shooting Feb. 23 of David L. Peterson in Seattle’s Greenwood neighborhood. Although he’s a juvenile, White was charged under a state law that allows 16- and 17-year-olds suspected of serious, violent offenses to be charged as adults automatically.
White was also charged with second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm and second-degree attempted robbery. If convicted as charged, he faces 27 to 35 years in prison, which includes the firearm enhancement, according to King County prosecutors.
White is being held in lieu of $2 million bail and is scheduled to be arraigned at the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent on March 17.
Charging documents released Wednesday provide new details on what happened the night Peterson was fatally shot while out for a walk.
Police said Peterson, 54, was approached by White in the parking lot of the Mud Bay pet store in the 8500 block of First Avenue Northwest, according to the documents. White attempted to steal Peterson’s cellphone, but Peterson resisted and after a struggle, prevailed, according to the charging documents.
Immediately, Peterson's wife (left) forgave White and felt remorse for his family. But her dead husband's phone wasn't good enough for Obama's Son...
White began to walk away without the phone when Peterson called 911 to report the incident, the documents say.
White turned back when he overheard the call; Peterson told the 911 operator that the man was “coming back,” according to the charging documents.
“A few seconds later, Peterson can be heard on the 911 recording telling someone that he will not give up his phone and saying he was on the phone with police,” the charges say.
“It appears that the person to whom Peterson was speaking was quite close to him at the time; Peterson did not raise his voice. Peterson continued to talk to the 911 operator for a few seconds until, suddenly, the call went dead,” the documents say.
Prosecutors say that White pulled a 9-mm semi-automatic pistol from his waistband and shot Peterson once in the chest, the bullet striking Peterson’s heart and perforating his spinal column.
Peterson was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to the charging documents, a single 9 mm spent cartridge casing was found on the pavement.
White then ran to a friend’s house a few blocks away and told three people about what had happened, charges say.
Charging documents claim White said Peterson had seen his face so “he had to shoot him.”
The documents say White was disappointed that the cellphone he had taken from Peterson “was not a nicer model.”
Prosecutors say all three witnesses gave statements to police.
Peterson’s widow, Kimberly Dawn Pettigrew Peterson, expressed forgiveness for the teen and compassion for his family in a phone interview Monday.
But she was angry Wednesday after reading the teen’s alleged comment’s on the quality of her husband’s phone.
“I want him to spend the rest of his life in prison,” she said. “Just because I forgive him does not mean he should not have to face the consequences for his actions.”Yeah, yeah.
This isn't a story that's fit for print anywhere else, or for dissemination via national television networks.
But it's a story that illustrates what life is like in 2014 America.