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Shooting victim identified -- OrlandoSentinel.com

There are 6 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Aug 24, 2007, titled Shooting victim identified -- OrlandoSentinel.com. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

Orlando police on Thursday identified Stephen M. King, 49, as the homeless man who was fatally shot Tuesday at a transient camp west of College Park.

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Joel Embry

United States

#1 Aug 25, 2007
Dear Sir/Madam:

Your paper incorrectly reported that a "homeless man" was murdered on August 11th in Orlando, FL.
I would like to set the record strait. Steven King was not just "homeless man" as your paper has reported. Steve was a Son, Brother, Friend and Teammate who in 1976 lead the Robert E. Fitch Falcons to the Connecticut State EE Football Championship. Steve was a quarterback with extraordinary talent physical talent and mental toughness. The Team Steve lead went undefeated in 1976 with 11 wins and O losses and was rated that year as number one in New England and Number 10 in the nation among High School Football Teams by the National Broadcasters Association.
His Teammates have a 30th year reunion scheduled for October 6th in New London Connecticut and Steve will be sorely missed.

That Steve's life took took a path it did does not diminish our sense of loss and grief but makes this that much more a tragic event.

I along with all of Steve's Teammates will remember the way Steve played and inspired those around him to excel. We pray that Glen our Teamate and Steve's brother along with the King Family find peace as they lay Steve to rest.

We also pray that the one that one who took Steve from us is held to account in this life as we know he will be in the next.

Finally we pray now that Steve has reached his final goal line that he finds the eternal peace he deserves in the house of our Lord.

In Jesus name.

Joel P. Embry
Debbie Kirkland

Tallahassee, FL

#2 Aug 28, 2007
TO: The Orlando Sentinel, specifically Henry Pierson Curtis, Dave Weber, Rich McKay, April Hunt, Gary Taylor, Robert Perez, Walter Pacheco and Babita Persaud and their immediate editors.

Will the time ever come in this, your lifetime and mine, when compassion preceeds horror, and sensationalism? I doubt it.

Why is it that your editors, your staff must judge a man on where he lives, who he walks with in this life? Stephen King is a man who was loved, who had not only family, friends and a companion but who contributed to the life we live and touched the lives of many. He walked with a gentle, loving spirit that came from a place deep within that most would not recognize or find in their own lives.

Can you not, before you comment on homelessness, or imply despondency or indecency by the very uses of this word, research a life and give credit for the gifts that were bestowed to those who knew and loved him?

I pray for the relief from inner turmoil that language and disrespect brings to those woh had to read these related articles. I wish for shame for those who pen them without reverence and enough resolve to find the truth.

Stephen King rests in a place of peace, a place of love and respect and his family will hold his memory forever. It will not be tarnished by those who did not know him.

Think before your hands produce messages that imply unimportance or deliver pain to already aching hearts.

This heart reaches out to those who weep and suffer a loss right now, and prays justice will be served.

Debbie Kirkland
C_King

Tallahassee, FL

#3 Aug 28, 2007
Debbie Kirkland wrote:
TO: The Orlando Sentinel, specifically Henry Pierson Curtis, Dave Weber, Rich McKay, April Hunt, Gary Taylor, Robert Perez, Walter Pacheco and Babita Persaud and their immediate editors.
Will the time ever come in this, your lifetime and mine, when compassion preceeds horror, and sensationalism? I doubt it.
Why is it that your editors, your staff must judge a man on where he lives, who he walks with in this life? Stephen King is a man who was loved, who had not only family, friends and a companion but who contributed to the life we live and touched the lives of many. He walked with a gentle, loving spirit that came from a place deep within that most would not recognize or find in their own lives.
Can you not, before you comment on homelessness, or imply despondency or indecency by the very uses of this word, research a life and give credit for the gifts that were bestowed to those who knew and loved him?
I pray for the relief from inner turmoil that language and disrespect brings to those woh had to read these related articles. I wish for shame for those who pen them without reverence and enough resolve to find the truth.
Stephen King rests in a place of peace, a place of love and respect and his family will hold his memory forever. It will not be tarnished by those who did not know him.
Think before your hands produce messages that imply unimportance or deliver pain to already aching hearts.
This heart reaches out to those who weep and suffer a loss right now, and prays justice will be served.
Debbie Kirkland
I couldn't agree more with Debbie and am glad to see people putting a life to the person the Orlando Sentinel keeps referring to as homeless. I'd like to also challenge the Sentinel to further research this article. The picture of John Lloyd Davis that was printed in the newspaper is very different looking than the man of the same name who's in the Orange County Jail.....something doesn't quite seem right.
Debbie Kirkland

Windermere, FL

#4 Aug 29, 2007
I'm not from Mount Laurel, NJ, but from Tallahassee Florida - not sure where that came from. I'm still upset over the coverage.. and if you don't even have the right thug's picture in here, we at least deserve that to be straightened out! I hope that this paper will follow this case which is to me just as important as and dignitary, celebrity or other extremely loved person.
C_King

Tallahassee, FL

#5 Aug 30, 2007
Debbie Kirkland wrote:
I'm not from Mount Laurel, NJ, but from Tallahassee Florida - not sure where that came from. I'm still upset over the coverage.. and if you don't even have the right thug's picture in here, we at least deserve that to be straightened out! I hope that this paper will follow this case which is to me just as important as and dignitary, celebrity or other extremely loved person.
I wish I could email you the pictures so you can see what I'm talking about. The guy in jail resembles Steve....weird.
Debbie Kirkland

Altamonte Springs, FL

#6 Nov 12, 2007
you may email me at [email protected]
I keep checking to see if there is any followup here.. I hope justice is swift.

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