“Tell me the story again, daddy.”
Are you sure?
“Yes. I’m sure.”
It was in the dark days, when civilization teetered on the edge of collapse. All that generations upon generations had built was nearing its end. Like a plane out of gas, it was headed to a fiery crash. It was inevitable and there were no parachutes for those wishing to get off.
But there were no tears from those who knew what was coming nor fear for the impending impact. They had been born into a world whose ideological delusions were coming to an end; delusions which they had had no part in helping take root and grow nor could they hope to delay the finality with foolish optimism.
It was only there job to survive the crash.
There is no getting off the ride.
We will ride it out to its conclusion, regardless of our actions.
There is no amending the system, there is only surviving the system.
And in your darkest moments, when every last ounce of strength seems to be evaporating from your body, remember the courage Amanda Blackburn showed in her final moments on earth.
She charged her attacker.
And though she – and the child carried – were murdered, it is in her spirit a fierce people remain waiting to freed.
But that spirit must only survive to one day thrive.[Amanda Blackburn: Affidavit provides details in murder of pastor’s wife, Al.com, 11-24-15]:
An affidavit filed in the case of two men charged with murdering the pregnant wife of an Indianapolis pastor states the suspect accused of killing her leaned over her body after shooting her and “watched her bleed.”
Amanda Blackburn, 28, was found partially nude, with her underwear nearby and her shirt pulled up, lying in a pool of blood on her living room floor. She died one day after the Nov. 10 attack on Indianapolis’ northwest side.
Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry identified the two men charged with murder as Larry Jo Taylor Jr., 18, and Jalen E. Watson, 21, both of Indianapolis, who face murder, burglary, theft and several other charges. A probable cause affidavit says that Taylor shot Blackburn three times, including once in the back of the head.
WTHR today reported prosecutors filed for a sentencing enhancement against Taylor. That means if he is convicted, Taylor could face an additional 20 years in prison because Blackburn was pregnant.
An informant told police about the morning Taylor, Watson and a third suspect not charged in Blackburn’s death broke into her home.
“Watson said there was a woman in the house and Watson busted her in the mouth,” the court filing stated.
Taylor threw debit cards into the stolen car they were driving and went back inside the house while Watson and the other man withdrew money from an ATM.
They then picked Taylor up and went back to an apartment, where Taylor told the others he killed Blackburn, the affidavit states.
“Taylor stated that she charged at him and he shot her somewhere in the upper body so he would not be scratched,” the filing states.
“Taylor then told them he leaned over her body and shot her in the back of the head. He leaned further, looked at her face, and watched her bleed,” the affidavit stated.
“Taylor then told them he leaned over her body and shot her in the back of the head. He leaned further, looked at her face, and watched her bleed.”
Larry Taylor is an 18-year-old black male. Amanda Blackburn was a 28-year-old white woman, the mother of a one-year child and expecting her second.
Amanda’s last moments on earth were in defense of her child and though she stared up at her killers face (as he “watcher her bleed”) perhaps knowing she was dying, somewhere in her mind, perhaps an atavistic response, she knew she had truly lived.
Our society is irredeemable. It can’t be reformed nor can you barter with the ideological insanity of our egalitarian nightmare with facts.
You can only survive, knowing the ride will end (even if you can’t get off before the ride finally ends).
Larry Taylor didn’t act alone. He had two black accomplices working with him when they encountered Amanda Blackburn. Jalen Watson and Diano “D-Loc” Gordon both had prior records, but a judge suspended a lengthy sentence of the former. [Amanda Blackburn case: Murder suspects have gang ties, IndyStar.com, 11-24-15]:
Back in 2009, they called themselves the FAM Gang.
It was a gang comprising at least a dozen teens living on the city’s North and Northwest sides. Police noted at the time that one of the ways to enter the gang – the initials stood for Forever After Money, but it also referred to FAMily Untouchable — was to rob someone.
Two of its members back then? Athen-14-year-old kid named Jalen “Lil Watt” Watson and a teenager named Diano“D-Loc” Gordon, who was 17 years old andhad the words “FAM GANG” tattooed on his forearms.
On Monday, Watson, now 21, was charged in the murder of Amanda Blackburn, who was killed, police say, during the third stop of a robbery spree on the Northside Nov. 10.
Gordon, now 24, who police say was an accomplice, was recently arrested on a parole violation after being questioned in the Blackburn killing.
A third man, Larry Taylor, 18, also was charged with murder and is the person police say shot and killed Blackburn.
Court documents also link members of the FAM Gang to two high-profile and especially brutal home invasions carried out on the Northside in 2013.
Could the robbery spree that culminated in Blackburn’s murder also be a gang crime, perhaps even an initiation?
When asked Monday, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department spokesman Sgt. Kendale Adams emphatically said no.
“Gangs are fluid,” Adams said. “There was no known gang activity connected to this particular crime.”
Watson burglarized a unit at the Wind Drift Apartments near 38th Street and I-465 in July 2011. He was arrested later that day, wearing an L.A. Dodgers cap that was among the items the victim had reported stolen.
In October 2012, Watson was sentenced to six years in prison for the burglary with two years on probation. The judge also ordered another four years of prison time to be suspended.
“I learned my lesson and just want to finish school,” Watson wrote in a letter pleading for leniency that was received by Marion Superior Court on Dec. 27, 2012.
Watson was released in 2013, but he violated probation and went back to prison to serve some of his suspended sentence in 2014, Indiana Department of Correction records show.
Watson was released again from the DOC in August.
In 2010, Gordon was convicted of burglary and aiding in residential entry and sentenced to three years in prison.
In 2012, he was convicted of escape and sentenced to two more years in prison, DOC records show.
Less is known about Taylor. Juvenile record were not available; his only charge asan adult is an open public indecency case.
In one mention in the court documents filed to support the Blackburn murder case, investigators said someone referred to Taylor as “family,” but it was unclear whether that was a reference to the “FAM Gang.”
Noting Taylor’s age, IMPD Chief Rick Hite suggested Monday that the older men — Watson and Gordon — may have had an influence.
“These are his mentors. Look at the mentoring,” Hite said. “It’s about association. It’s about the environment, and the people they choose to hang around with…
“We talk about those things. This is why,because an 18-year-old man should not be walking around with a handgun thinking about killing someone.”
This is who our society works to rehabilitate. This is who our society works to protect.
This is who our society works to enable. This is who your tax dollars go to bred, shelter, feed and cloth.
Not Amanda Blackburn, but people like Larry Taylor… a black gang member who shot Amanda, stood over her and “watched her bleed.”
“Daddy, when the plane finally did crash, tell me again what happened next?”
That, dear child, is a story for another time.