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Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Missing, Murdered and Found

By: Deidra

Missing but Not Forgotten

Shanthia Crook
Age: 13
Missing From: 560 Brussels Circle, Birmingham, Alabama.

Shanthia is described as a black female who is five feet tall and 113 lbs. She is of medium complexion with black hair and brown eyes. She was wearing a white shirt, blue jeans and black gym shoes.

Shanthia was last seen noon at her residence on Friday, January 4, 2008.

If you have any information regarding Shanthia Crook please contact the Birmingham Police Department Family Services Unit at: (205) 254-0800.


An Innocent Life Lost: Kamya Weatherby

Kamya will never be able to enjoy the gifts she opened Christmas morning. She did not even get a chance to return to her classmates after the Christmas break at Seventh Street Elementary School in Little Rock, Arkansas. The short and innocent life she lived was cut short.

On December 30, 2007, Kamya Weatherby was found shot to death in her bedroom about 5am in the morning. It was reported that at least two gunmen shot more than 50 rounds in her house, grazing 4 year old Jasriae Vick who was laying in the bed with Kamya. Also in the home at the time of the shooting was Kamya’s mother Lashendria Washington, Antoine Jones, and 2-month-old boy. They were all unharmed.

Kamya was taken that morning to Arkansas’s Children Hospital where she was put on life support and declared brain dead. The next morning on Sunday the family decided to donate her organs and take her off life support. Kamya had suffered enough.

A week later Kamya lies in a white casket surrounded by pink roses.

"Saturday hundreds of people mourn and celebrate life of a little girl that brought so much joy to those around her.

Pastor Minix adds, “Today we're hoping to get across the message that Kamaya's life and her passing does not have to be a waste. If indeed it can be used to change somebody's life."

During the service a pastor hands each one of Kamyas sisters a dolls to always remember her. The casket is than opened for a few minutes to view Kamyas peaceful face one last time.

Stop the Violence founder Rev. Benny Johnson says, “Since 1992 almost 700 blacks have been killed by blacks and it’s time for the community to stand up. I’ve never heard so much out cry in a killing in all my 16-years of stop the violence.”

Rev. Johnson is working with the city to proclaim January “Kamya Weathersby Stop the Violence Month.”

Last week he took down 57 crosses on the corner of Daisy Bates and Martin Luther King Drive. Each representing someone murdered in 2007.

Kamya’s cross now sits alone starting the new year.

Raine says “I hope that people realize what this violence is doing and the impact it has on the community and I hope that it stops. I hope someone comes forward soon.”

Little Rock Police say they’re getting closer to catching Kamya’s killers, but still need your help to make an arrest.

There’s a $3,000 dollar reward and all calls are kept confidential. If you know anything call (501) 371- INFO.”

Rest In Peace, Kamya.


Bullets hit 6-year-old in LR home

Arkansas girl killed when gunmen shoot up house

Search Continues For Suspects In Murder Of Little Rock Girl

Updated: Murdered 6-Year-Old Girl Laid To Rest

We Found Them!

For every few missing/murdered women and children, at least one is found.

Sha-lon Thomas and friend from Camden, New Jersey

Special Thanks to WAOD for inviting me to post on Wednesdays! :) For more stories on the missing, killed and found visit my blog Black and Missing but Not Forgotten