Samantha Spade remembered

Nov 7, 2007 Full story: The Cincinnati Enquirer 52

“She knew what she wanted to do and where she was going. She had a bright future.”

GALLATIN COUNTY - Samantha Lynn Spade was a quiet person who led by example. 'She was the epitome of what we want every young person in Gallatin County to be,' said Dorothy Perkins, superintendent of Gallatin ... via The Cincinnati Enquirer

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Rob

Ross, OH

#1 Feb 8, 2008
I was a student at Northern Kentucky University, where she went to school. I also have interests in the Baptist Campus Ministry, an orgaization she also frequented. I never met Samantha, sadly, but I am all to knowing of the legacy that she created. I attended her funeral with all of her friends and family and played comforter for everyone I knew.

I wish to say that I am not too happy to hear that many on here are condemning the man whose big time mistake caused her death. Does the bible not say "Judge not lest ye be judged?" and "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone?" People who think that just because Matthew Miles drove drunk and got into a fatal car accident means that he deserves to get the book thrown at him for has forgotten that he did not do it deliberately. Sure, he deserves to get punished for a DUI, and sure he is liable for Ms. Spade's demise, but everyone and their mother should already know that it was a complete accident. Matthew Miles did not choose Samantha as a victim that night, even though his mistakes DID kill her. But to tell someone that they deserve to be tried for murder is insane!

This is a very painful and sobering lesson that everyone should learn, and that everyone should remember should they want to turn the key after a night on the town. Matthew Miles was taught a lesson by God that night. Even though he should be charged with a DUI, he didnt mean to cause this. Other than that, let GOD punish him, because in the end no one on earth deserves the titles "Judge", "Jury" OR "Executioner".

This goes to Mrs. Miles, the Gallitan County clerk. She is grieving for both Samantha's family and her son, I am definitley sure of that. My group visited her office the day of the funeral, and she was numb twice over. She is innocent in all this, and you all need to leave her alone. What was that quote again?
Matt

Barnesville, OH

#2 Apr 12, 2008
I was no still am a friend of Samantha no matter what happened to me she was there for me.

She is a great person, for she cared for all.

I wish I could bring her back even if for an instant but I know she is still here with us for as long as we never let her memory fade she will forever live in our hearts and minds.

After I heard about what happened I wrote this poem about her I know it does not give her all the credit she deserves but I hope that everyone she knows likes it all the same.

Samantha Lynn Spade
By: Matthew Vrancic age 15

In times when life was hard
You were right there
to keep us all so strong

For your strength
that never diminished
I thank you

For it was your
faith not only in
the god which you devoted yourself to

But also in your friends
That is what protected us
from all the pain

And to day your faith shelters
us from the misery
in this world

And to do this very instant
I wish with all my
Heart I could have saved you


watching

Glasgow, KY

#3 Apr 13, 2008
THERE SHOULD BE NO SYMPATHY FOR A DAMN DRUNK DRIVER!!!!!!!! MURDER IS THE PROPER CHARGE ALTHOUGH IT WILL PROBABLY BE MANSLAUGHTER.WHY DOES THE DRUNK NEED THE SYMPATHY WHEN THE GIRL WILL NEVER GET ANY???
katie hall

Warsaw, KY

#4 Apr 24, 2008
i really didnt know her that well but she did help me alot like when i was in the forth grade she was teaching me in summerschool and i used to go to church until my preacher died then i stoped and she kept asking me but i never went and know i regret it i never knew that would ever happen to her she was so beutiful and sweet but the way i think is god needed and angel....and she must have did what she was put on earth to do....

and we will see her again and maybe she is already here in someone elses body and if not we will all see her in heaven.....
rip sam we all love you and hope to see you again someday maybe in this life or our next life ...amen
Chastity J

Cincinnati, OH

#5 May 21, 2008
I knew Sam very well, she was a great person, she was the perfect person. I will always Love and Miss her. I also knew Neil Miles. Yes, the night it happened my brother called me while I was at Newport on the Levee and told me vaugely, with sadness in his voice that Neil hit Sam and she was killed. I dropped what I was doing and cried right there infront of everyone and I hated Neil at that time. I don't have those feelings anymore. I want Neil to live his life just as Sam doesn't hate Neil, I know she doesn't. Once again, I am in a similar situation with another friend/brother-in-law. He is in critical condition and not doing the best but he is in this situation because of a drunk driver. Yes, I hate the guy that did this to Johnny but I can't judge his fate. Just keep praying for Sam's family and Johnny Webster who needs our prayer. Keep your loved ones close and tell them that you love them because you never know what could happen.
LeaAnn Johnson

Georgetown, IN

#6 Jun 11, 2008
Sam is a very close friend of mine. I say is because just because she is deceaced does not mean she stoped being my friend. We went to school together, we were in Upward Bound together, We continued on to the same college. I know that God will take care of what needs to be taken care of, but that man had several DUI's before. Just because he did not deliberatly kill her, he was asking to hurt someone, otherwise he would have stopped drinking and driving.
He deserves what ever he gets. Yes through the damn book at him, thats what our system was made for. I have never known someone like her, I never will again. because of his stupidity, he has ruined the lives of thousands. He deserves to rot in hell.
britney

United States

#8 Jun 12, 2008
watching wrote:
THERE SHOULD BE NO SYMPATHY FOR A DAMN DRUNK DRIVER!!!!!!!! MURDER IS THE PROPER CHARGE ALTHOUGH IT WILL PROBABLY BE MANSLAUGHTER.WHY DOES THE DRUNK NEED THE SYMPATHY WHEN THE GIRL WILL NEVER GET ANY???
this has the the tune of hulk hogans son,they have no regret for the other boys at all,by the way they talk on those tapes..its really sad drunk drivers dont get more time than they do,knowing when they get behind the wheel they are in the wrong......
Annoyed by Ignorance

Mason, OH

#9 Jul 1, 2008
I do not know Neil Miles, nor do I care to. I do not know Samantha Spade although I wish I could have. A friend of mine went to school with both of them, "schooling" as some of you may call it and I have seen the direct effect some of the rude, ignorant, invalid comments that some of you have posted have made on her, and that was enough to make me do my homework in learning the backgroud and story of this entire situation.
Louisville T- You are a flaming moron. For you to get on here and say the things you did how do you sleep at night? You are a horrible person as well which will put you right in line with Neil Miles. I am not one to judge, but anyone who can make the conscious decision to drink and then get behind the wheel of a car should be in jail. Period. Neil,(especially if he was not as drunk as your "facts" state) should have known that even one or two beers can effect some parts of your body and brain. Did you not learn this in your elementary classes? Or did not get basic schooling? Honestly I wouldn't be surprised.
2 nickels- Don't listen to people trying to supress your opinion,(although it seems to just encourage you to keep fueling the fire) I hope it doesn't get old. I am not a resident of Gallitan County and I don't care to be, but I do know some fine people that have been born and raised there. I had no idea of the corruption the county was facing and I'm shocked to learn of it. I understand some of the posts on here getting angry at you saying wouldn't you stand behind your child with unconditional love?? true--but if you think about it that actually suppports YOUR idea that his mommy took care of everything for him with no problem using her status and authority.
This entire situation is non of my business and I'm completely content admitting that. I did not know any of the parties involved but I do pray for both. I'm not saying Neil needs to rot in jail forever or anything as horrific as that, but there has to be some sort of consequences for his actions other than a slap on the wrist or what is stopping him from doing it again? or anyone else for that matter. Samantha's family deserve justice, not that seeing Neil in jail will magically make their lives easier to live everyday but it will surely give them the reassurance that something is being done for their beloved little girl.
warsaw

AOL

#10 Sep 15, 2008
Still waiting on justice. I just wonder what the hold up is.
book worm

Oneida, TN

#11 Oct 19, 2008
I am writing a book on the called " The Crosses on the side of the road". It is to honor the person who lost their life. I would love to here from anyone of you, Samatha sounds like a wonderful person and I too am sorry I never knew her, but with you teaching me I can know her and morn her death. My email address is shareyourstory1@yahoo.com.
If you want to share, please email me.

God Bless you all,
Kentucky

Florence, KY

#12 Feb 24, 2009
Come on it's been over a year and still nothing...
Warsaw

Cincinnati, OH

#13 Feb 25, 2009
Typical justice when you have the right name.
KY girl

Colmar, PA

#14 Mar 4, 2009
He is still in jail isn't he? He isn't out walking the streets or driving around. His trial starts in may so then everyone will find out what happens then.
Warsaw

Cincinnati, OH

#15 Apr 14, 2009
Plea bargin IMAGINE THAT! Twenty years with parole possable after four which I am sure he will get. The county officials and the so called judges that was brought in out of the county had it worked out that way. Blood content of .23 two hours after the collision and several dui's on record and he gets a slap on the wrist.
JustAMe

Radcliff, KY

#16 Apr 14, 2009
Rob wrote:
I was a student at Northern Kentucky University, where she went to school. I also have interests in the Baptist Campus Ministry, an orgaization she also frequented. I never met Samantha, sadly, but I am all to knowing of the legacy that she created. I attended her funeral with all of her friends and family and played comforter for everyone I knew.
I wish to say that I am not too happy to hear that many on here are condemning the man whose big time mistake caused her death. Does the bible not say "Judge not lest ye be judged?" and "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone?" People who think that just because Matthew Miles drove drunk and got into a fatal car accident means that he deserves to get the book thrown at him for has forgotten that he did not do it deliberately. Sure, he deserves to get punished for a DUI, and sure he is liable for Ms. Spade's demise, but everyone and their mother should already know that it was a complete accident. Matthew Miles did not choose Samantha as a victim that night, even though his mistakes DID kill her. But to tell someone that they deserve to be tried for murder is insane!
This is a very painful and sobering lesson that everyone should learn, and that everyone should remember should they want to turn the key after a night on the town. Matthew Miles was taught a lesson by God that night. Even though he should be charged with a DUI, he didnt mean to cause this. Other than that, let GOD punish him, because in the end no one on earth deserves the titles "Judge", "Jury" OR "Executioner".
This goes to Mrs. Miles, the Gallitan County clerk. She is grieving for both Samantha's family and her son, I am definitley sure of that. My group visited her office the day of the funeral, and she was numb twice over. She is innocent in all this, and you all need to leave her alone. What was that quote again?
This was NOT an accident dear Rob. This guy knew he was loaded and he chose to drive. I get SO SICK of people saying it was an ACCIDENT. When you are DRUNK and you DRIVE you are asking to kill someone or really hurt them. An accident is something you CAN'T prevent. YOU CAN PREVENT DRUNK DRIVING!
iceman

Cincinnati, OH

#17 Apr 14, 2009
He took responsibility for what he did. If it was anyone of us we would have done the same thing. Always shoot for the small one and that is the punishment for the charges against him, you can't blame him for taking it. You are in our prayers Neil.
Warsaw

Cincinnati, OH

#18 Apr 14, 2009
iceman wrote:
He took responsibility for what he did. If it was anyone of us we would have done the same thing. Always shoot for the small one and that is the punishment for the charges against him, you can't blame him for taking it. You are in our prayers Neil.
Iceman, The only thing I can figure is you are either a lover or related to neil. I know that he has been bought out of trouble many times in the past yet he kept on drinking and driving. There was no responsability taken, he admitted knowing that the sentance would be light.
iceman

Cincinnati, OH

#19 Apr 14, 2009
Neither, can you blame him for taking the deal, that is a no brainer. I am just well known in the community, I believe she was talking on her cell phone, so go figure. If there is enough evidence to convict you of longer time wouldn't you take something lesser?
WOW

Walton, KY

#20 Apr 14, 2009
I was wondering how long it was going to take you losers to get on here and start bad mouthing Neil again. As for Iceman...they are right, we would all take the lesser sentence and just because they took up for Neil doesn't mean that they are either a "lover" or related...he does have people out there that love him no matter what you think. Her attorney is the one who offered Neil that deal and I don't think that the county officials and the judge they brought in had it planned that way either...I am sure her family had to ok it first. I also believe I remember Mr. Sanders saying "I don't care who his mother is" so I am sure he didn't give Neil any special treatment as you say.
WOW

Walton, KY

#21 Apr 14, 2009
My loser comment does not apply to you Iceman.

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