Community grieves over toddler's death

Community grieves over toddler's death

There are 27 comments on the Asheville Citizen-Times story from Feb 7, 2007, titled Community grieves over toddler's death. In it, Asheville Citizen-Times reports that:

A mourning community on Wednesday remembered the rosy cheeks and easy smile of a 2-year-old girl killed while in the back of a car that collided with a sheriff's deputy's cruiser.

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Gwen Stephens

Newton, NC

#1 Feb 8, 2007
I am so sorry for the grieving family, but I am equally if not more sorry for the deputy. The deputy's sole intent in his vocation is to restore law and order and to bring peace to difficult situations. This deputy had no ill intent when answering the call, but instead, he was swallowed up in a disorderly and unpeaceful circumstance that will live with him and his family for the rest of his days. In addition to my prayers for the grieving family, I also pray for Brandon Watson who will forever live with the memory of this nightmare in his waking hours and in his nocturnal dreams as well.
Dunnin

Henderson, NC

#2 Feb 8, 2007
HOw very thoughtful and sweet, Gwen. I wish the same. A tragic accident. She was a cute little angel.
E Allen

Concord, NC

#5 Feb 8, 2007
To this family - I know that God will carry you "through". And "through" all this tragedy - there is a blessing on the other side of "through".
I am sorry for your loss. But, I know GOD is able to carry you "through". We do not sorrow as having no hope because Jesus died and rose again; even so your baby, your loved one who sleeps in Jesus will God bring "back" with Him. Father, YOU said "Blessed are they that mourn for they shall be comforted.(Matt. 5:4) Hallelujah!

Transplanted

“Be No Tarheelborn”

Since: Feb 07

Albermarle

#6 Feb 8, 2007
john wrote:
Doesn't it seem like the press is covering something up here? This poor girl wasn't in a car that "collided" with a patrol car. It was run into by a patrol car. It is being portrayed as an accident when it appears to be a vehicular homicide.
Unless you were there and know ALL the circumstances.....DO NOT be so quick to condemn.

I agree the words of choice were confusing and misleading......BUT.....do not cause hysteria in an already awful situation.
Winston Salem NC

Clemmons, NC

#7 Feb 8, 2007
john wrote:
Doesn't it seem like the press is covering something up here? This poor girl wasn't in a car that "collided" with a patrol car. It was run into by a patrol car. It is being portrayed as an accident when it appears to be a vehicular homicide.
I don't agree with the term "vehicular homicide" in this situation. The deputy was only doing his job to respond to the need of a fellow citizen. This is a tragic accident, the key word being accident. He did not mean to harm anyone. There are circumstances about the accident that have yet to be determined. I know this young man very well and I can assure everyone that he is a fine young man and officer of the law. He absolutely loves his job.
To The Family

Dayton, OH

#10 Feb 8, 2007
Yes my name is Dominique Arrington an I just wonted to say that my prayers are with the family an that baby. I have two small kids of my own an I could imaging going through something like this. An I hate that you are it has but a hole in my heart because i know how much it hurts again i'm with you an i care
Copret

Wilsons Mills, NC

#11 Feb 8, 2007
Genius John belches>>"Doesn't it seem like the press is covering something up here? This poor girl wasn't in a car that "collided" with a patrol car. It was run into by a patrol car. It is being portrayed as an accident when it appears to be a vehicular homicide"

Unless you witnessed or investigated the accident, we really don't need your ignorant comments.
My sincere condolences to the family of this precious child. Burt
outraged

Charlotte, NC

#12 Feb 8, 2007
john wrote:
Doesn't it seem like the press is covering something up here? This poor girl wasn't in a car that "collided" with a patrol car. It was run into by a patrol car. It is being portrayed as an accident when it appears to be a vehicular homicide.
There is no cover up here it was a very tragic what happen to this family and the deputy. And comments like this make me very upset. It was an accdient. The officer involed seemd to being having a hard time with dealing with this. I know him as a friend. He loves his job. he also loves kids. Know that words can hurt.
mlc9852

Spartanburg, SC

#13 Feb 8, 2007
outraged wrote:
<quoted text> There is no cover up here it was a very tragic what happen to this family and the deputy. And comments like this make me very upset. It was an accdient. The officer involed seemd to being having a hard time with dealing with this. I know him as a friend. He loves his job. he also loves kids. Know that words can hurt.
So words can hurt? What about the hurt of losing your precious two-year old daughter? That is hurt. Perhaps cops need a little more driver training. It's getting where I am more afraid of the cops on the roads than the people they are trying to catch.

My heart breaks for the family of the child who died. And I pray that the other child, mother and grandmother will recover. They will have major medical bills that their insurance probably won't be sufficient to cover.

My guess is the cop will not be punished in any way. If it was a civilian that caused this accident, he/she would probably be in jail and charged with vehicular homicide.
truth in reporting

Arrington, TN

#14 Feb 8, 2007
John seems to know so much, maybe he "was" there. As for the investigation, it seems to be coming to light the vehicle (Neon) was possibly stalled one-half on and one-half off the interstate, with NO working tail lights. I would think that would be deemed accidental versus vehicular homicide; but I'm no Asheville genius like John.

We pray for all involved, and hope this family realizes the deputy was in no way intentionally negligent in the case. Moreover, the officer may have been involved in saving the driver's life after the accident by removing her from the road immediately before being run over by an oncoming semi truck, according to one witness. Hopefully the ACT will dig a little deeper into the details of this accident and it's aftermath, since there seems to be a one sided telling of the same story going on (to this point).

Let's wait to get out that rope John, or you may hang yourself with it.
Winston Salem NC

Clemmons, NC

#15 Feb 8, 2007
truth in reporting wrote:
John seems to know so much, maybe he "was" there. As for the investigation, it seems to be coming to light the vehicle (Neon) was possibly stalled one-half on and one-half off the interstate, with NO working tail lights. I would think that would be deemed accidental versus vehicular homicide; but I'm no Asheville genius like John.
We pray for all involved, and hope this family realizes the deputy was in no way intentionally negligent in the case. Moreover, the officer may have been involved in saving the driver's life after the accident by removing her from the road immediately before being run over by an oncoming semi truck, according to one witness. Hopefully the ACT will dig a little deeper into the details of this accident and it's aftermath, since there seems to be a one sided telling of the same story going on (to this point).
Let's wait to get out that rope John, or you may hang yourself with it.
Truth in reporting...thank you for saying exactly what I wanted to. Thanks very much! I am family of the deputy as well as the little girl. Please pray for all of us!
YES

Durham, NC

#16 Feb 8, 2007
Anyone who draws a conclusion based only on information they read in the paper, here over the radio or TV can rest assured on one thing. They know very little of the facts. Even more so when they clearly have no understanding the law.
family member

West Monroe, LA

#17 Feb 8, 2007
Our hearts go out to all involved. Brandon is our nephew and there is no doubt this was an accident. He loves his job and loves children just ask my 3 kids with whom he always takes time to play with when he is around. We love you Brandon and we are praying for you. We also know the wonderful family involved, it is beyond our imagination what all of you are going through but God does know and I pray he will give you strength and comfort. Lets no be to quick to judge until we have walked in the shoes we are judging.
brandons cousin chance

West Monroe, LA

#18 Feb 8, 2007
john may think he did it on purpose but i know in my heart he didnt, because i know how loving and caring he is to people and his family! i am his 11 year old cousin and i know he wouldnt ever hurt anyone on purpose. i will pray for all of you. always remember god is with you and he will help you get through this. i love you!
whatsup

Charlotte, NC

#19 Feb 8, 2007
I pray for the family and the deputy as they are family. I know the deputy and know he would do nothing to hurt anyone on purpose. And another question. Is it just me or is it that people from Asheville are the only bleeding heart liberals in here codeming law enforcement and then are the ones wanting to know why it took them so long to get there when they need them? Either way I hope everything works out for the best on both sides.
Tim Frye

Simpsonville, SC

#20 Feb 8, 2007
john wrote:
Doesn't it seem like the press is covering something up here? This poor girl wasn't in a car that "collided" with a patrol car. It was run into by a patrol car. It is being portrayed as an accident when it appears to be a vehicular homicide.
John,
Find out your facts before we hang the officer? That is why we have investigations to find out what happened. I believe there is more to this accident than a officer who needs to be charged with homicide. The newspaper makes it sound like the officer is also responsible for the accident from last week. That is crazy. People this is the USA and why we have a judicial system. If the evidence shows the officer done something wrong then let's deal with it. But don't jump the gun. This is terrible for everyone. I'm praying for the family in the accident and the officer. You should do the same.
hello

Charlotte, NC

#21 Feb 8, 2007
I pray for both sides of this and that is all that anyone should be worried about right now.
frank w

United States

#22 Feb 9, 2007
Homicide is the INTENTIONAL killing of another human being. I think all of us as reasonable people do not believe that's what happened here. It was a tragic accident for everyone involved. Comments that speculate otherwise are the result of just plain ignorance from people with no emotional integrity. Why is everyone so worried about what's going to happen to the officer. It seems that the efforts put forth to place blame could be redirected to help a grieving family.
Bakersville

United States

#23 Feb 9, 2007
Chad Greene

I am a close friend with the Frye Family, and I think this is a accident that the only one that really knows what happened is the MAN up stairs. Yes, me and wife kept little Kennedy several times at our home in Bakersville, NC. I just want what is right for the Family. What I'm saying is if the Deputy was in the wrong that the county of Mcdowell should help the Family in ever way they can to help ease the pain. But I, as I said only GOD will have't to do this. I pray for all that was involved, and hope that all party's will be able to live with this. This is a Loving and Caring Family that I have known for a long time, and may God Bless them. I also pray for the Deputy, and do believe that He should help the Family in any way that He can even with the financial part of this incident.
Husband of three

Eddyville, KY

#24 Feb 10, 2007
truth in reporting wrote:
John seems to know so much, maybe he "was" there. As for the investigation, it seems to be coming to light the vehicle (Neon) was possibly stalled one-half on and one-half off the interstate, with NO working tail lights. I would think that would be deemed accidental versus vehicular homicide; but I'm no Asheville genius like John.
We pray for all involved, and hope this family realizes the deputy was in no way intentionally negligent in the case. Moreover, the officer may have been involved in saving the driver's life after the accident by removing her from the road immediately before being run over by an oncoming semi truck, according to one witness. Hopefully the ACT will dig a little deeper into the details of this accident and it's aftermath, since there seems to be a one sided telling of the same story going on (to this point).
Let's wait to get out that rope John, or you may hang yourself with it.
Well I was not aware of this infomation. How did you find these so called facts that are just coming to light so you say? Well since everone is entitled to an opinion heres mine. The officer just got the call to respond to domistic vilonce situtaion, Your aderline is now going full speed as you rush to help someone. I suppose the officer was traveling at a high rate of speed, maybe he forgot to turn on his blue lights? I dont know but I do know that when your aderline is rushing like that sometimes you dont think things through. I just hope the real truth comes out of all of this Regardless if this was accidental , any person regardless civilan or law enforcement needs to be held accountble for their actions

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