I'm almost never speechless but sometimes a heavy sigh is all that can be mustered. If you've never been a Mother of a wonderful son with a golden smile, you may not relate. One of our greatest fears is losing our child in the streets. It never crosses our mind that it will be at the hands of a reportedly 55-year-old drunk man, behind the wheel of a car, going in excess of ONE HUNDRED miles per hour. Allegedly...allegedly according to highly trained police accident investigators...
The Mother of Melvin Jones, Ms. Lillard, tells me about her son and best friend. A life reportedly taken by a drunk driver named Philip S. Bertelsen. He used his vehicle at speeds beyond reckless to crush the lives of innocent people. That first "allegedly" at the top of this post should be considered to be all through this piece of writing, OK?
Facebook photos, used under First Amendment Fair Comment and Criticism, blog post by Jordan North.
The Family of Brandy Banks-Sutta celebrated what would have been her 22nd birthday this week.
In an area in dire need of positive young people and role models the tragedy and loss of Brandy and Melvin affects the entire community. There is no justice or actions that can replace what's been taken from us all. All that's left now is to make sure that the Honorable Judge Koch understands that the national media is watching this case and more importantly the citizens, he represents are watching. Minnesota does have a lot to offer. We have citizens who care deeply and will stand up for justice.
This was no accident. Philip S. Bertelsen allegedly used his car as a weapon, to take the lives of two people. Please email Judge Koch and let him know that his decision matters to the people of Minneapolis, to our families and children who should never have to share the road with Philip Bertelsen or any other drunk driver. We should never have to see this, on the side of street..
The next court date is June 9th, 2014. Please email today.
Honorable Judge Koch Hennepin County Courthouse
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