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Hundreds Pay Respects to Tookie Williams
AP ^ | 12-19-05

Posted on 12/19/2005 7:33:26 PM PST by SmoothTalker

Hundreds of people converged Monday on the South Los Angeles neighborhood where Stanley Tookie Williams co-founded the Crips to say goodbye to a "homeboy" executed last week over the objections of supporters who said he had turned his life around.

Williams, clad in a gray suit, lay in an open coffin at the House of Winston Mortuary as people quietly filed by with their heads bowed.

"Mostly everyone is out here because of his reputation," said Robert Collins, 27, who said he was a former Crips gang member. "Everyone knew Tookie was no angel. Everyone's just paying their respects to him."

A line of 200 stretched out the door shortly after the six-hour viewing began in mid-afternoon. More than an hour later, the line had dissipated but people were still streaming through.

Williams, whose execution was carried out over the protests of supporters who included celebrities and civil rights activists, spent his last years on California's Death Row renouncing gang violence and writing several children's books warning of the dangers of gangs.

See Love, a teacher with the Los Angeles Unified School District, said she had seen firsthand the way Williams' book "Life in Prison" had changed students' lives.

"Tookie's words were able to do what no judge or probation officer was able to do," said Love, 35. "I hope Stanley's spirit continues to live in the name of peace."

Williams, 51, was executed last Tuesday for the murders of four people during a pair of 1979 robberies. Although he had renounced his past as co-founder of the deadly Crips, he maintained to his death that he did not commit the killings.

A crowd lingering outside the mortuary carried signs and handed out flyers proclaiming his innocence.

Lori Tompkins, 48, of Los Angeles, said she came "to say goodbye to our homeboy and also give support to his family."

"We feel he was innocent and wrongly killed," she added.

The viewing was to be followed by a funeral Tuesday in Los Angeles. Organizers said those expected to attend included the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan and hip-hop artist Snoop Dogg.


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1 posted on 12/19/2005 7:33:27 PM PST by SmoothTalker
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To: SmoothTalker

He was a predator who deserved and received his punishment. 'Nuff said.


2 posted on 12/19/2005 7:34:20 PM PST by mhking (The world needs a wake up call gentlemen...we're gonna phone it in.)
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To: SmoothTalker
"Everyone knew Tookie was no angel."

I have never heard such a massive understatement come from a non-Brit.

3 posted on 12/19/2005 7:34:36 PM PST by Gordongekko909 (I know. Let's cut his WHOLE BODY off.)
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To: SmoothTalker

A line of 200 stretched out the door

That's a long time to wait to pee on his grave, but I've got a strong bladder.


4 posted on 12/19/2005 7:34:50 PM PST by txroadhawg ("Stuck on stupid? I invented stupid! " Al Gore)
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To: SmoothTalker
See Love, a teacher with the Los Angeles Unified School District, said she had seen firsthand the way Williams' book "Life in Prison" had changed students' lives.

Total BS!

5 posted on 12/19/2005 7:35:56 PM PST by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: SmoothTalker

Did they give him a drive-by 21 gun salute?


6 posted on 12/19/2005 7:35:59 PM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all.)
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To: SmoothTalker

What, none of his Hollywierd Gliberal friends were there? I guess they weren't expecting the media now that his show has been cancelled.


7 posted on 12/19/2005 7:37:37 PM PST by No Longer Free State (No event has just one cause, no person has just one motive, no action has just the intended effect)
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To: SmoothTalker
"Hundreds Pay Respects to Tookie Williams"

And, millions rejoice at his well deserved demise.
8 posted on 12/19/2005 7:38:01 PM PST by Ursus arctos horribilis ("It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees!" Emiliano Zapata 1879-1919)
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To: SmoothTalker
seems like a good place for this...

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9 posted on 12/19/2005 7:38:21 PM PST by digger48
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To: SmoothTalker

"Hundreds"? California has 35 million people, and "hundreds" turned out? I don't think this is the send-off the Hollywood whining liberals hoped for.


10 posted on 12/19/2005 7:39:37 PM PST by hsalaw
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To: SmoothTalker
See Love, a teacher with the Los Angeles Unified School District, said she had seen firsthand the way Williams' book "Life in Prison" had changed students' lives.

I wondered who bought the 30 copies of that book that ever sold.

11 posted on 12/19/2005 7:40:12 PM PST by randog (What the....?!)
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To: SmoothTalker

Hundreds of sick people.


12 posted on 12/19/2005 7:41:08 PM PST by cynicom
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To: SmoothTalker
Lori Tompkins, 48, of Los Angeles, said she came "to say goodbye to our homeboy and also give support to his family."

"We feel he was innocent and wrongly killed," she added.

O.J. should have had such a fate.

13 posted on 12/19/2005 7:41:09 PM PST by neodad (Rule Number 1: Be Armed)
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To: SmoothTalker

They wanted to make sure the b@st@rd was really dead.


14 posted on 12/19/2005 7:41:12 PM PST by Slings and Arrows ("MOO...BANG...MOOO!")
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To: SmoothTalker
I remember when a woman in Texas, Karla Faye Tucker, was sentenced to death. She had become a Christian, and many Christian groups, including Pat Robertson protested and fought to have her sentence stayed. Well, despite the fact that she had been a good Christian for years, helped many people and served the Lord, she was still put to death. So there goes the "racism" theory about Tookies execution.

Frankly, it doesn't matter what you do in prison, after the fact, which is the crime. You are sentenced to death for what you did, and there is no taking it back; certainly not for the family members or the victim.

15 posted on 12/19/2005 7:42:08 PM PST by InHisService
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To: No Longer Free State
What, none of his Hollywierd Gliberal friends were there?

They're showing up for the funeral tomorrow. That's when the cameras (and security) will be there.

16 posted on 12/19/2005 7:42:15 PM PST by randog (What the....?!)
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To: SmoothTalker

I wonder how many people showed up just make sure he really was dead...


17 posted on 12/19/2005 7:42:36 PM PST by coconutt2000 (NO MORE PEACE FOR OIL!!! DOWN WITH TYRANTS, TERRORISTS, AND TIMIDCRATS!!!! (3-T's For World Peace))
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To: SmoothTalker

He has no respect coming.


18 posted on 12/19/2005 7:42:47 PM PST by Adrastus (If you don't like my attitude, talk to some one else.)
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To: SmoothTalker

I wonder how many people showed up just to make sure he really was dead...


19 posted on 12/19/2005 7:42:51 PM PST by coconutt2000 (NO MORE PEACE FOR OIL!!! DOWN WITH TYRANTS, TERRORISTS, AND TIMIDCRATS!!!! (3-T's For World Peace))
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To: SmoothTalker
"We feel he was innocent and wrongly killed,"

You feel he was innocent. We know he was guilty.

20 posted on 12/19/2005 7:43:31 PM PST by Rodney King (No, we can't all just get along.)
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To: SmoothTalker
Hundreds Pay Respects to Tookie Williams

A line of 200 stretched out the door shortly after the six-hour viewing began in mid-afternoon. More than an hour later, the line had dissipated but people were still streaming through.

typical MSM misleading headline, but technically I guess 200 does qualify as "hundreds"

21 posted on 12/19/2005 7:43:43 PM PST by lunarbicep (There is something about a closet that makes a skeleton terribly restless.)
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To: SmoothTalker

Where was Ed Asner???

 

22 posted on 12/19/2005 7:43:57 PM PST by Fintan (See??? Sometimes I do read the articles.)
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To: SmoothTalker

It's disgraceful that our so-called "black leaders" and "cultural icons" have so pilloried prominent African-Americans (Sowell, Rice, Powell, etc), and glorified society's trash. What we're stuck with is this - the Tookie generation.

Thanks Jackson, Hollywood, et al, for selling out yet another generation of promising African-Americans, leaving them with your only chosen role model, a murdering gang-banger.


23 posted on 12/19/2005 7:46:08 PM PST by wigswest
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To: wigswest

Well said


24 posted on 12/19/2005 7:48:41 PM PST by apackof2 (You can stand me up at the gates of hell, I'll stand my ground and I won’t back down)
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To: SmoothTalker
A line of 200 stretched out the door

That's stretching to fill a paragraph with the notion that someone cares.

26 posted on 12/19/2005 7:50:43 PM PST by quantim (Detroit is the New Orleans of the north, settled by France and maintained by liberals.)
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To: SmoothTalker

Wow!

Took 200 peoples' about 400 minutes to get through the line. Musta been either lots of time for cry tissues, or lots of time to get up a good hawker for his grave!

Tookster, I think your time's up. Best git back into your coffin!


27 posted on 12/19/2005 7:52:00 PM PST by aShepard
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To: digger48

They bury him in the car too? LOL!


28 posted on 12/19/2005 7:53:19 PM PST by lexington minuteman 1775
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To: SmoothTalker

A Homeboy Execution Party?


29 posted on 12/19/2005 7:53:21 PM PST by msnimje (Political Correctness -- An OFFENSIVE attempt not to offend.)
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To: hsalaw
"Hundreds"? California has 35 million people, and "hundreds" turned out? I don't think this is the send-off the Hollywood whining liberals hoped for.

You're right.

30 posted on 12/19/2005 7:55:12 PM PST by GOPJ (War on Christmas? Celebrate the sweetness of forbidden customs -deck the halls with boughs of holly.)
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To: digger48

Digger, is that the dead guy??? HOLY MOLY!!!

Any "dead pictures" of tookie?


31 posted on 12/19/2005 7:56:31 PM PST by bannie (The government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend upon the support of Paul.)
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Any "dead pictures" of tookie?

hopefully some will turn up to play with.

32 posted on 12/19/2005 7:59:03 PM PST by digger48
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To: SmoothTalker

Bet they were almost all Crips.


33 posted on 12/19/2005 7:59:29 PM PST by Clock King ("How will it end?" - Emperor; "In Fire." - Kosh)
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To: SmoothTalker

Travon Williams, 32, right, the son of Stanley "Tookie" Williams, along with Bonnie Williams-Taylor, left, Tookie's ex-wife, and her daughter Erin Taylor, 20, view the Crip co-founder's body Monday, Dec. 19, 2005, in Los Angeles. The public viewing will be held until 9:00 pm Monday night. (AP Photo/Ric Francis)

34 posted on 12/19/2005 7:59:55 PM PST by bannie (The government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend upon the support of Paul.)
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To: digger48

See 34.

:0D


35 posted on 12/19/2005 8:00:44 PM PST by bannie (The government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend upon the support of Paul.)
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To: SmoothTalker

I'd like to show my respects, too. Show me where his grave is, and I'll p*ss on it.


36 posted on 12/19/2005 8:06:08 PM PST by AZLiberty (America is the hope of all men who believe in the principle of freedom and justice. - A. Einstein)
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To: Texas Eagle

ROTFLMAO!!


37 posted on 12/19/2005 8:06:55 PM PST by brushcop (We lift up our military serving in harm's way and pray for total victory and a safe return.)
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To: SmoothTalker

---See Love, a teacher with the Los Angeles Unified School District, said she had seen firsthand the way Williams' book "Life in Prison" had changed students' lives.---

"See Love"? :^)


38 posted on 12/19/2005 8:08:15 PM PST by claudiustg (Go Bush! Go Sharon!)
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To: SmoothTalker
"Mostly everyone is out here because of his reputation,"

-----Glad to hear you worship murderers


Lori Tompkins, 48, of Los Angeles, said she came "to say goodbye to our homeboy and also give support to his family." "We feel he was innocent and wrongly killed," she added

-----Also nice to know how you have no regard for the people he murdered and choose to pay your respects to the killer and the ones that spawned this murderer. Says alot about your character and intelligence, Lori Tompkins.
39 posted on 12/19/2005 8:09:16 PM PST by WasDougsLamb (I refuse to have a battle of wits with an unarmed man)
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To: SmoothTalker

Is it any wonder a certain segment of society never seem to advance themselves?

It's because their "homeboys" are people like Tookie Williams.


40 posted on 12/19/2005 8:11:37 PM PST by Sometimes A River (Your hands and feet are mangoes, but you're gonna be a genius anyway)
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To: bannie


41 posted on 12/19/2005 8:11:57 PM PST by Itzlzha ("The avalanche has already started...it is too late for the pebbles to vote")
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To: WasDougsLamb

--- Williams' book "Life in Prison"---

Turned out to be wishful thinking!


42 posted on 12/19/2005 8:12:06 PM PST by claudiustg (Go Bush! Go Sharon!)
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To: brushcop

Tookie's Ashes To Be Scattered in Africa
By: VIBEOnline Staff

December 16, 2005

Stanley "Tookie" Williams' wish to have his ashes scattered in South Africa is met.

Tookie, who’d become a Nobel Prize nominee for his work as an author of anti-gang children’s tales, stated in one of his books, “I want to be buried in South Africa under a yohirimbi tree or my ashes scattered in the Blue Nile River to feed the fish there,” and his family and friends are making sure his wishes become true.

With the help of former South Africa president, Nelson Mandela’s ex-wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, who offered to help fulfill his wish, Tookie’s ashes will be scattered in South Africa, following a public funeral next week Tuesday (December 20th) in Los Angeles.

Stanley “Tookie” Williams, Crips gang co-founder, was executed December 13th after serving 26 years of his life sentence for murder. Confirmed funeral speakers include Jesse Jackson and Snoop Dogg.


43 posted on 12/19/2005 8:12:36 PM PST by bannie (The government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend upon the support of Paul.)
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To: SmoothTalker

CHP officer Andrew Todd Stevens KIA, Northern CA. had 7,000 at his funeral, 20,000 lined the streets.............Tookie Williams had 200


44 posted on 12/19/2005 8:12:46 PM PST by jdontom (BacktheBadge)
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To: SmoothTalker
an hour later, the line had dissipated but people were still streaming through.

Even in south central, most everyone there has more class than to pay tribute to this individual. The few that are trying to make this guy a celebrity or martyr, are not doing themselves any favors.

46 posted on 12/19/2005 8:13:22 PM PST by Jigsaw John
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I thought it would have been funny if they would have creamted him (as per his instructions), THEN done the viewing.

This evil killer has the blood of thousands on his hands. I am sure he will reside beside muhammed. May they together burn in h3ll together forever between a slew of Farmer John's Hams.


47 posted on 12/19/2005 8:15:17 PM PST by freedumb2003 (American troops cannot be defeated. American Politicians can.)
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To: bannie

Too bad one of his victims couldn't have an open casket


48 posted on 12/19/2005 8:18:27 PM PST by digger48
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greeted by satan who was standing there with his schlong hanging down to the ground.

I thought Hillary was still in Washington this week

49 posted on 12/19/2005 8:20:52 PM PST by digger48
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"Tookie, who’d become a Nobel Prize nominee for his work as an author of anti-gang children’s tales, stated in one of his books, "

I love how the left keeps throwing up the Nobel Prize nominee thing. Big frigging deal. Anyone could be nominated. I could be nominated! Nomination means nothing. Perhaps if he won it, it would be worth mentioning.


50 posted on 12/19/2005 8:21:11 PM PST by SmoothTalker
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