Skip to comments.Vigil held for teen who died after fair violence
Posted on 02/14/2014 8:49:56 AM PST by 4Runner
On Thursday night, hundreds of family, friends, classmates and teammates gathered at the Brandon Ravens football field in Riverview to remember and celebrate Andrew's life and to grieve the death of the Riverview 14-year-old, who went by the nickmane PeeWee.''
I had my perfect pair -- one son, one daughter, said Andrew's mother, Deanna Joseph. And now my son is gone.
Andrew died Feb. 7 as he tried to cross Interstate 4 on foot and was struck by a passing vehicle. About three hours before the crash, Joseph had been ejected from the Florida State Fair. Dozens were arrested that night, and 99 people were ejected for disorderly conduct.
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She’ll sue and claim that he son had nothing to do with the crimes being committed at the fair, that he was a perfect Treyvon.
The son not only was ejected from the Florida State Fair, he also blatantly violated the law by crossing Interstate 4 on foot. The mother can’t sue.
Who lets their 14 yr old son roam the streets on a Friday night?
She will claim his civil rights were violated and go judge shopping in federal court.
It’s possible that he was ejected en masse, just part of the teenage element they didn’t want there.
Either way, he died because of crossing an interstate some 3 hrs later! Why there is concern about the fair, I don’t know.
Painful as it is, we need to stop selfishly trying to pin blame on anyone but the victim. I’m tired of this unseemly behavior. And frankly tired of vigils. It does nothing but look pathetic, like we can’t handle anything, just like the ridiculous constant flag-lowering that goes on now.
I have allowed my sons to wander the fair with their friends when they were 14, but I was also at the fair.
My parents did 30 years ago. Same with my friends' parents. Of course, we weren't out assaulting people.
We roamed neighborhood till 11pm in 1971
The average speed of vehicles on I-4 in the vicinity of the fairgrounds exit is probably 75-85 mph. Knowing my son made the illegal and insanely suicidal decision to cross this highway on foot at night, I would have rejected any suggestion of a public vigil for him, or any other kind of public ceremony to celebrate his life. I would be ashamed to hell and back of my obvious failure as a parent to have not instilled in my son basic commonsense during the entire fourteen years he lived under my supervision. And afraid other children might misunderstand any celebration of his life and see him as a hero or role model. What are these people thinking? Do they even think?
Yeah, that happens. If it happened to my son, we'd say, "We're all very sad, but Tom died of Stupid."
He was an aspiring rapper and trying to turn his life around.
Heard from a friend down there,he crossed the highway because he was being chased by other ferel yutes,dunno if its true or not.
A significant percentage of our populace is seriously disordered, morally.
One of the little $#!+s that ran “wilding” at the state fair, eh?
Society is better for his passing.
I once stopped when I saw two little girls, about 8-9 years old walking along a freeway exit ramp. While waiting for the police, I asked where they were going. One said she was going to Grandma’s house and could I give them a ride. “Uhh, NO.” Turns out they crossed both sides of a major interstate during rush hour. When the police officer arrived, he gave them a very graphic description of what their remains should have looked like. It was amazing they survived and pathetic that no one cared to call the cops.
We roamed neighborhood till 11pm in 1971
In the 60’s, I would go parking until 11pm..or later.
They don’t really care about the ‘victim.’ It’s just another chance to wallow in self-pity and victimhood.
Was this young man black? I didn’t see anything in the article about his race. I assumed so at first but after seeing that he, his mother, and his father all had the same last name, I started to wonder. Also, the photo of the mourners seemed to include both blacks and whites.
Play stupid games, win stupid prizes. Sometimes terminal stupidity prizes.
We decided we aren't going to the Florida Strawberry Fair, because teens are usually without their 'parents' there too. We aren't going back to the Florida State Fair. The Big E is better.
Yes he is black. However, Riverview, where he lived is mostly a nice upper middle class are of Hillsborough. I guess his family had to work, so he went to the fair on the bus.
This term “wilding” goes back to the 1980’s when that New York woman jogger was attacked by a large group of “yutes” and almost murdered as well as raped. She was near death when she was taken to the hospital and if it wasn’t for the amazing advances in modern medicine she would have died.
I think bringing back the term “wilding” is a good thing because there is a lot of it going on now. Wilding actually sounds like what it is—a group of people acting like wild animals.
Here they are:
Perhaps I am just not as smart as you are, but I didn't know this child, and I haven't heard a lot of details on his particular “case”.There are claims that he was among the ejected group of miscreants, but given what I have read and heard, I am not certain that was the case.
I am smart enough to not say hatefull things about someone else's dead child, and the friends and families mourning of his passing.
Are you stating this particular boy was positively identified as being involved with "wilding", assault and/or theft?
What source do you have for that claim?