August 19, 2007

Editor's note: The following letters came in the wake of the killing of Samuel David Horne, a 25-year-old Harford County resident who was shot on Aug. 11 in the Edgewood neighborhood where his family once lived.

Mother pleads for violence to end

So many of the young adults who grew up with and knew Samuel are angry. Some say they cannot sleep at night. Many people, women and men, went to local malls and had T-shirts made with their favorite pictures of Samuel.

Although this is a great loss for me and my family, it's also a great loss for the community. I always knew Samuel was popular, but I never knew he meant so much to many of them and touched their lives so dramatically.

I can only hope that my son's death has a purpose -- I pleaded with them to not let my son's death be in vain but to let it serve as a lesson to stop the madness; stop the killings.

Mildred M. Samy

Orlando, Fla.

The writer, a former Harford County resident, is the mother of the victim.

Friend wants community back

I live in the community where Sam was shot. I grew up here, and now I am raising my children here on Judy Way. I remember playing with Sam and his sister at the playground, riding the school bus together, just growing up together.

I feel like I lost a brother. The day he was shot, I was sitting on my porch when I heard the emergency vehicles. A friend of mine called and told me that Sam was shot. I headed down the street, and I stopped at the corner when I looked and saw how many people were standing at the scene. I looked up at the sky, and I looked at my street sign "Judy Way." I kneeled down at that corner and prayed for the Lord to accept Sam's soul into heaven, before he was pronounced dead and I knew he was gone.

I am a member of Fountain of Life Fellowship and on Easter our pastor delivered the message, "I want it all back." Well, I want my community back. I wish I could bring Sam back, but I know the Lord. And, I know he has a reason for this.

I used to go to a church in Baltimore that conducted a community walk in which the church members and the community would walk around the community singing and praying. I think that is something we should do for this community.

Even though everyone may not be Christian, I know a lot of the young people of this community and I know that if someone came to them to talk to them, they would listen. So imagine if we walked the streets of this community, as a community in unity and in prayer, imagine what the Lord would do.

I don't know what is going on out here in Edgewood; all I know is that my friend is gone and my heart is hurting and there has to be something we can do to change things.

My'esha Parker


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