Family struggles over senseless moped killing

As word of Brandon Whitby's death spread, the Godwin Heights community came together. Full Story
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Howie

Allendale, MI

#1 Aug 22, 2008
My thoughts and prayers go out to the whole Whitby family. God speed.
CES

Montague, MI

#2 Aug 22, 2008
Another wasted life. It's hard for those of us who don't live in the 'hood to understand how a 22 year old father of two can't simply call the police if he knows who the people are who stole his moped. Someone enlighten me please why, at 11 or 12 at night he's not at home with his wife and children? Please don't take my comments as sarcastic racism.....really, I want to understand this.

Since: Jul 08

Jenison, MI

#3 Aug 22, 2008
Sad sad story
Sunshine

Ann Arbor, MI

#4 Aug 22, 2008
My thoughts and prayers go out to this family. How terrible that he was not only a vicitim once but when he stood up for himself he became a victim again. When is the non sense and violence gonna end in this city.
Sunshine

Ann Arbor, MI

#5 Aug 22, 2008
CES wrote:
Another wasted life. It's hard for those of us who don't live in the 'hood to understand how a 22 year old father of two can't simply call the police if he knows who the people are who stole his moped. Someone enlighten me please why, at 11 or 12 at night he's not at home with his wife and children? Please don't take my comments as sarcastic racism.....really, I want to understand this.
My brother in law had his moped stolen a couple weeks ago. It was found later that day but the police did not act interested and did not try to lift finger prints off of it. My son's bike was stolen the other day and I was told by a policemen that they do not care about bikes. It may just be a bike, but there was still a crime committed regardless. I understand that the police have more serious things to worry about, but what are we citizens supposed to do? Just sit by and let these little hoodlum theives take everything we work for?? It is almost like we have to take the law into our own hands because our police do not have the resources for things they think are petty. Someone has to stand up and take a stand against this crap or it is only gonna get worse. it is just sad that this young father was killed trying to do that.
Dan Andersen

Stephens City, VA

#6 Aug 22, 2008
my prayers go out to his family and kids.. he was a good man. i worked with him as an electrican.. he was a really fun person to be aroud.. again my prayers go out ot his family and kids
Jamie

Wyoming, MI

#7 Aug 22, 2008
Let me ENLIGHTEN you, CES, Maybe you should learn a little more about the story before you ask why he wasn't with his wife and kids. I teach in the school district Brandon went to (I also went there), and he was an excellent kid, and an excellent father. He wouldn't hurt a fly. He comes from a great family, and he had every right to protect his property. Maybe you should go to what you call the 'hood and realize that the people who live there are hard working and respectable for the most part. Just because a few bad apples are out there, doesn't mean you can assume a whole neighborhood is what you call 'hood. Brandon was home, and some kid came onto his property and took his belongings. It was a senseless death, and maybe because I am not from your non-'hood I don't understand why someone would ever blame the victim.
Jamie

Wyoming, MI

#8 Aug 22, 2008
.....and I am not sure why it says I am from Houston, TX. I am from Wyoming, MI.......another so-called 'hood. I am proud of that "hood," and all of my students. Rest in Peace, Brandon. My thoughts and prayers are with you Bradley, Brenton, and Julie.
CES

Montague, MI

#9 Aug 22, 2008
Jamie wrote:
Let me ENLIGHTEN you, CES, Maybe you should learn a little more about the story before you ask why he wasn't with his wife and kids. I teach in the school district Brandon went to (I also went there), and he was an excellent kid, and an excellent father. He wouldn't hurt a fly. He comes from a great family, and he had every right to protect his property. Maybe you should go to what you call the 'hood and realize that the people who live there are hard working and respectable for the most part. Just because a few bad apples are out there, doesn't mean you can assume a whole neighborhood is what you call 'hood. Brandon was home, and some kid came onto his property and took his belongings. It was a senseless death, and maybe because I am not from your non-'hood I don't understand why someone would ever blame the victim.
Please re-read my post. No way do I blame the victim for this...no way. You are correct, I don't live in the hood. If someone came on my property and stole something of mine, my response would be to contact the police. My post was one of attempting to understand, not to place blame. I hope you can see that.
another BC parent

Jackson, MI

#10 Aug 22, 2008
Sunshine wrote:
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My brother in law had his moped stolen a couple weeks ago. It was found later that day but the police did not act interested and did not try to lift finger prints off of it. My son's bike was stolen the other day and I was told by a policemen that they do not care about bikes. It may just be a bike, but there was still a crime committed regardless. I understand that the police have more serious things to worry about, but what are we citizens supposed to do? Just sit by and let these little hoodlum theives take everything we work for?? It is almost like we have to take the law into our own hands because our police do not have the resources for things they think are petty. Someone has to stand up and take a stand against this crap or it is only gonna get worse. it is just sad that this young father was killed trying to do that.
I understand your frustration but seriously think about this...Grand Rapids is the second largest city in Michigan. We are a mini Detroit. The Police have more important matters to tend to... If you don't believe me....buy a police scanner. Yes, do I feel for this young father trying to get his moped back? ABSOLUTLY. But, he also chose to take matters into his own hands. How many times do you hear law enforcement tell you not to do that? You asked "what are we citizens supposed to do?" What about putting your bikes or mopeds away at night? This is called....COMMON SENSE. You could live in the safest neighborhood and there will always be someone out there that might decide to take your bike or moped for a ride or steal it. And...possibly not return it. As far as finger prints off a bike or moped....get real. Just be thankful all they stole was materialistic and not your child.
Sorry to sound a little cold, but do you realize that there are people out there that have been looking for their children for many many years...please visit www.missingkids.com and your lost bike won't seem so significant anymore.
patrick middleton

Saint Charles, IL

#11 Aug 22, 2008
im patrick his best friend from 4th grade, ages 10-18 i was paralyzed so i could not be there with him through this

but understand this story now.. brandon and his wife were divorced since january and the children were with her..he was talking with his roommates at roughly 1 at night when they heard the garage opening then all three went out to see the deal, chasing the 11yr old kid on the moped when brandon was shot from what we suspect was the 11yr olds older brother..the flippin question is what an 11 yr old was doing out so late and stealing!

theres your frickin answer

brandon was amazing and we had the best childhood memories, he grew up straight and clean
CES wrote:
Another wasted life. It's hard for those of us who don't live in the 'hood to understand how a 22 year old father of two can't simply call the police if he knows who the people are who stole his moped. Someone enlighten me please why, at 11 or 12 at night he's not at home with his wife and children? Please don't take my comments as sarcastic racism.....really, I want to understand this.
patrick middleton

Saint Charles, IL

#12 Aug 22, 2008
read my comment above, your wrong and yes your cold
another BC parent wrote:
<quoted text> I understand your frustration but seriously think about this...Grand Rapids is the second largest city in Michigan. We are a mini Detroit. The Police have more important matters to tend to... If you don't believe me....buy a police scanner. Yes, do I feel for this young father trying to get his moped back? ABSOLUTLY. But, he also chose to take matters into his own hands. How many times do you hear law enforcement tell you not to do that? You asked "what are we citizens supposed to do?" What about putting your bikes or mopeds away at night? This is called....COMMON SENSE. You could live in the safest neighborhood and there will always be someone out there that might decide to take your bike or moped for a ride or steal it. And...possibly not return it. As far as finger prints off a bike or moped....get real. Just be thankful all they stole was materialistic and not your child.
Sorry to sound a little cold, but do you realize that there are people out there that have been looking for their children for many many years...please visit www.missingkids.com and your lost bike won't seem so significant anymore.
patrick middleton

Saint Charles, IL

#13 Aug 22, 2008
besides its not about the moped its about the death..go post somewhere else if your that insincere about such a thing
another BC parent wrote:
<quoted text> I understand your frustration but seriously think about this...Grand Rapids is the second largest city in Michigan. We are a mini Detroit. The Police have more important matters to tend to... If you don't believe me....buy a police scanner. Yes, do I feel for this young father trying to get his moped back? ABSOLUTLY. But, he also chose to take matters into his own hands. How many times do you hear law enforcement tell you not to do that? You asked "what are we citizens supposed to do?" What about putting your bikes or mopeds away at night? This is called....COMMON SENSE. You could live in the safest neighborhood and there will always be someone out there that might decide to take your bike or moped for a ride or steal it. And...possibly not return it. As far as finger prints off a bike or moped....get real. Just be thankful all they stole was materialistic and not your child.
Sorry to sound a little cold, but do you realize that there are people out there that have been looking for their children for many many years...please visit www.missingkids.com and your lost bike won't seem so significant anymore.
Bryan

United States

#14 Aug 22, 2008
patrick middleton wrote:
im patrick his best friend from 4th grade, ages 10-18 i was paralyzed so i could not be there with him through this
but understand this story now.. brandon and his wife were divorced since january and the children were with her..he was talking with his roommates at roughly 1 at night when they heard the garage opening then all three went out to see the deal, chasing the 11yr old kid on the moped when brandon was shot from what we suspect was the 11yr olds older brother..the flippin question is what an 11 yr old was doing out so late and stealing!
theres your frickin answer
brandon was amazing and we had the best childhood memories, he grew up straight and clean
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patrick i am sorry for your loss sounds like they need to lock them all up including the mother i have a 11 yr old daughter and she is in bed every night at 9 pm sounds like this mother was not being a parent to either of her children .
Hello there

Jackson, MI

#15 Aug 22, 2008
patrick middleton wrote:
im patrick his best friend from 4th grade, ages 10-18 i was paralyzed so i could not be there with him through this
but understand this story now.. brandon and his wife were divorced since january and the children were with her..he was talking with his roommates at roughly 1 at night when they heard the garage opening then all three went out to see the deal, chasing the 11yr old kid on the moped when brandon was shot from what we suspect was the 11yr olds older brother..the flippin question is what an 11 yr old was doing out so late and stealing!
theres your frickin answer
brandon was amazing and we had the best childhood memories, he grew up straight and clean
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Nobody said that Brandon wasn't amazing.
Please grow up

Jackson, MI

#16 Aug 22, 2008
patrick middleton wrote:
read my comment above, your wrong and yes your cold
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Have a good night Patrick.
what the heck

Jackson, MI

#17 Aug 22, 2008
patrick middleton wrote:
besides its not about the moped its about the death..go post somewhere else if your that insincere about such a thing
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I don't believe that this post was to say that the death wasn't terrible... I believe that what they were trying to say is that instead of taking things into your own hands maybe you should call the police instead. I didn't see anywhere in this post that they even remotely tried to imply that his death wasn't important. Oh well, obviously some people on here want to argue. Goodnight all.
another BC parent

Jackson, MI

#18 Aug 22, 2008
patrick middleton wrote:
besides its not about the moped its about the death..go post somewhere else if your that insincere about such a thing
<quoted text>
By the way Patrick....I was replying to sunshines post. Not yours. PLEASE SEE ABOVE... and please go take your aggression elsewhere.
Swift Justice

Encino, CA

#19 Aug 22, 2008
A moped..A moped you got to be joking me. What is wrong with todays youth? Where are the parents? Who ever shot this young man needs to be shot by a firing squad in public, so that all the other crooks out there no that we are not going to put up with this senseless killins anymore. Someone needs to be held accountable. Find him and kill him I dont care how old he is. Lets take a stand.
WTF

Novi, MI

#20 Aug 23, 2008
Are we joking here. No parent ever plans on buring a child. That would be the most horrific thing to do, speaking as a father of 2 children. I can replace a moped, bike, or whatever material item that is gone. I can never replace a child. My thoughts go out to the parents of this young man. I am saddened for the whole family. We can only hope the justice system will work, usually not to the extent we hope for, but something to set an example. Abother little note, what determines a "hood"? I live in Wayland, a very rural area and we have little so call it "slums and hoods". We also have a crime rate. It happens everywhere.

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