Great Grandmother defends 15 year old charged with murder

Grand Rapids - The great-grandmother of a 15 year old teenager charged with murder says she can't believe he did it. Full Story
Really

Sterling Heights, MI

#22 Jun 3, 2008
What is with these people...they seem to come out of the woodwork, when something happens, and no matter what they defend the person. Even if they are caught red handed....they deny it!

Guess Old Granny doesn't know what it means for him to be in jail already...maybe she thought he was just at the local hotel for a visit?

All they seem to know about is wanting more money, foodstamps, housing, etc....
I live in the boonies

Big Rapids, MI

#23 Jun 3, 2008
Granny grunt wake up!! Maybe if your grandson was properly supervised, had a curfew, had parents that constantly kept tabs on him and was a good student we might believe you but obviously he had the wool pulled over your eyes to make you think hes someone hes not. Love for a relative is strong but think of the family who no longer has that family member to love and hold and talk to... this kid should be made the example of what happens to kids who play deadly games and pay the consequences...dont give me that crap, "hes only a little boy" maybe he shouldve been raised with self respect, respect for others, shouldve been taught morals... or was mama down on division sellin crack to pay bills?? Kids are a reflection of their parents hello!
NO WAY

Wyoming, MI

#25 Jun 3, 2008
SO what my grandma has no idea about a million things I have done....Who cares what the grandma "thinks"!
Jim

Cross Village, MI

#26 Jun 3, 2008
Grandma is always the last to know.
Old Rocker

Grand Rapids, MI

#27 Jun 3, 2008
Yes, he was a good boy when growing up. But he grew up and became a criminal.
Turning my life around

Holland, MI

#28 Jun 3, 2008
Great grandma says: ""I could never see him being this way and I know he is not this way," says Roberta Fields."

Sounds to me like she doesn't really live here in Michigan - She's living in a state of DENIAL.

Since: May 08

Wyoming, MI

#29 Jun 3, 2008
RIP- Gent Bently wrote:
That young punk took away a good friend of mine, and I pray that he never gets the oppurtunity to see the outside of a prison again!!! He'll probably end up getting stuffed like a turkey if you know what I mean.
He will pay his dues, I wish these young people would think before they act, what a shame a young man spending his life behind bars, Oh I am not saying if he is guilty let him off lighter sentence, I say eye for eye, but at 15 rest of his life, my god why didn't he think, what was so bad it came down to murder.
Gail in Wyoming

Wixom, MI

#30 Jun 3, 2008
Bri Bri 73 wrote:
it just seem's like she is in shock to me.
sometimes it is hard to beleive that someone so close to you could do something like that.
I agree, and I feel sorry for great grandma. You raise your children and hope they grow up to be decent, productive, adults. Then, you see your grandchildren being born and hope the same for them. Love for your children and grandchildren is unconditional.

I don't have great grandchildren, but it would be heartbreaking to have so much love for someone and have to deal with the fact that they didn't turn out to be the young adult you had hoped for. I'm sure that with all of that deep love she has for him, she is in denial. Poor old lady.

I pray that God gives her the strength to deal with this.

“just a girl”

Since: Oct 07

grand rapids, mi

#31 Jun 3, 2008
NO MO wrote:
So i guess the mother and father dont agree with great grannie ? Where are they ? They should publish there school attendence on all these kids that are committing crimes. See how much time they are spending in the great grps. Hartwell and Taylor should be accountable for not keeping the kids in school and arresting the parents for letting them run the streets.
It's easy for the GRPS Kids to SKIP SCHOOL, because they get on the public transportation, and ride wherever they please (GASP). They make my bus riding experience SCARY and ANNOYING.
SLEEPIN BEAR

Holland, MI

#32 Jun 3, 2008
mom wrote:
He deserves to be locked up but that dont mean grandma is guilty of any thing other than loving her grandson is that a crime
The crime here is the media thinks this womens emotional opinion should be NEWS. What a pile of rubbish.
Concerned

United States

#33 Jun 3, 2008
I think that most of you need to stop talking bad about the Great-Grandmother. And the racist remarks I read on these topix-forums are unbelievable. And yes folks, I'm 'White'. Anyway, odds are she is a loving Grandma and as someone has already said,'probably in shock' and hurting very much. I am a Grandmother too and I got to tell you, I would be.

I hope that some of you get a clue and keep your racist remarks to yourselves. It is cruel and you sure aren't contributing to resolving the problems you have there in G.R. Like the saying somewhat goes, "If you haven't got something constructive or helpful to say, keep your mouth shut". Besides it makes you look really ignorant. I am sorry if your own live is so unhappy that you enjoy taking others down with you, cause I can't think of any other reason than that as to why some of you have so much hate in your hearts.

Thank you for letting me vent.
debbie

Grand Rapids, MI

#34 Jun 3, 2008
poor granny; wake up and smell the crack pipe.
reality check

Grand Rapids, MI

#35 Jun 3, 2008
Good reporting Phil! If the great grandmother says he's innocent, it's obvious that all charges should be dropped.

“Just Thinking”

Since: Nov 07

Caledonia, MI

#37 Jun 3, 2008
Gail in Wyoming wrote:
<quoted text>
I agree, and I feel sorry for great grandma. You raise your children and hope they grow up to be decent, productive, adults. Then, you see your grandchildren being born and hope the same for them. Love for your children and grandchildren is unconditional.
I don't have great grandchildren, but it would be heartbreaking to have so much love for someone and have to deal with the fact that they didn't turn out to be the young adult you had hoped for. I'm sure that with all of that deep love she has for him, she is in denial. Poor old lady.
I pray that God gives her the strength to deal with this.
Unconditional love is NOT a God-given concept. Not everyone understands it. And how do know whether or not this young man (hoodlum) was raised "properly". Sounds like a dysfunctional family from a rough area in town. Odds are the family did not care much or did not know how to care, as demonstrated by the reports of a great-grandmother raising a child. Our only hope for this country is to put rules and boundaries and the Golden Rules (to avoid religious conflicts) and discipline. It wouldn't hurt to have both parents around either, for crying out loud.
Becki

Muskegon, MI

#38 Jun 3, 2008
You can grow up rich and well educated and still commit this type of crime, dont fool yourselves. Peer pressure, inner demons, just plain stupidity; who knows why these kids act like they do. It's not all because of drugs and gang crap. I realize that it is a huge portion of it though. What it all boils down to really, they all want to belong to something.
As far as Great Grandma goes,she's in shock. who wants to believe a part of their family killed someone. Put yourself in her shoes for a minute. How would you feel? You would feel exactly the same way and you know it!!
To the ones above that lost the friend by this horrible shooting, I am very sorry for your loss!!! There are no words to say to make the pain go away. Just know that there is someone here that knows what loss feels like.
MMMMM

Ann Arbor, MI

#39 Jun 3, 2008
get rid of the HOOD RATS in GUN RU
Jamie B

Lafayette, IN

#40 Jun 3, 2008
Lucy in Rockford wrote:
Granny must live in her own little world.
I don't agree with her, but I do think it would be natural for all grandmas to want to beleive it wasn't true.
Think

Saint Charles, IL

#42 Jun 3, 2008
Chicken Little wrote:
I love Americia, where we are guilty until proven innocent...
Come from Hood Rats, and you are going to be a Hood Rat. "Chicken Little", have you ever been charged with murder? You do realize that 99.999999% of the time COMPLETLEY innocent people are not charged with murder, don't you?

You also must take grips that the way are system works is: Police collect evidence, statments, etc..., turn this information over to the Prosecutor's Office, if the prosecutor feels that probable cause exits that the identified person commited the crime, then they ask a Judge for an arrest warrant. The Judge then reviews all the information and if they agree on the findings they sign a warrant for the accused arrest.

Has worked for 99.999999% of the people for the last 200 years, should be good enough for this Hood Rat.
Kim in gr

Detroit, MI

#43 Jun 3, 2008
My thoughts are with the victims family. As for "the kid", he deserves what he gets.
renaud

Grand Rapids, MI

#44 Jun 3, 2008
What is it going to take for some young people to realize that "gangbanging" is for losers.

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