"I write a letter to my son every year. Read below – and remember that there are still thousands of families in this country who are separated by gun violence every day, ”McBath tweeted on November 23.
Today it has been 8 years since my son Jordan was stolen from me.
I write a letter to my son every year. Read on below – and remember that there are still thousands of families in this country who are separated by gun violence every day. pic.twitter.com/T0Q4SG35en
– Lucy McBath (@lucymcbath) November 23, 2020
To Jordan: I miss you. It's been eight years since I was allowed to hug and kiss you. I had no way of knowing that the last time I hugged you was the last time I hugged you in this life.
You don't deserve to die this way, but our laws have failed you, us, and countless families like ours. I know the man who killed you wasn't raised the way I raised you. But I decided not to be silent – to challenge the laws that failed us.
I know you look down on me, and I pray I'll make you proud – do the job I know you should do, Jordan. Can you believe I'm about to start my second term in Congress? It wasn't on the cards or in any life plan we had.
I know that eight years ago you were not taken from us for nothing. It can't be like that. Not a day goes by that I don't think about you, but I comfort myself with the knowledge that one day I'll hug you again and hear your voice and laugh when I join you.
But until God decides that day has come, I promise you that I will continue to fight for you and your inheritance. To make this world safer for families like ours. Thank you for watching over me as my guardian, Jordan. I love you so much.
Forever, your mother, Lucy "
When Ellison died, 47-year-old Robert Keegan was arrested at the scene and taken into custody. Ashland police said in a press release. H.He is now being charged with 2nd degree murder, 1st degree manslaughter, reckless endangerment and unlawful possession of a weapon. "The investigation revealed that Keegan and the victim, who did not know each other, were involved in an argument in the parking lot when Keegan pulled a gun from his coat and fired a single shot that struck the victim in the chest, "police said .
Police responded to the scene in the parking lot of the Stratford Inn on Siskiyou Boulevard, where Keegan was also a guest, at around 4:20 a.m. after a hotel worker named 911 near the shooting. "The suspect and the victim were both guests at the Stratford Inn, “said police in the press release.
Although police said they found the victim on arrival with a gunshot wound to the chest, it was Ashland Fire and Rescue, not cops, who tried to "help" and were told the victim was "unable to help" officials said on the news publication.
”Keegan not only apparently murdered the victim, but ruthlessly endangered the hotel employee by dropping the gun near the hotel employee. " Ashland Police Chief Tighe O’Meara told NBC partner KOBI. O’Meara called the incident "absolutely pointless ”in an interview with But in the end KOBI said: “uUnfortunately there was nothing to be done. “O’Meara added that the shooting "didn't have to take place, people became violent with one another for such stupid reasons".
"I would encourage people to settle disputes with us and not argue with people unnecessarily," the police chief told KOBI.
O’Meara has been criticized for a since-deleted statement on Facebook and his initial characterization of the shooting as the result of the victim playing loud music. "I need to clarify the horrific murder on Monday morning, "O’Meara said in a new statement posted on the Ashland Police Department's Facebook page on Thursday. "It was reported in some local media that I said this murder was" because of "something. The only thing that caused this murder was the suspect's actions, 100%. It doesn't matter what led up to it. I can't control how the local media sources present the words I give them.
“Yes, there was an argument about music, no, it wasn't because of loud music, but because the suspect decided to bring a gun and use it 100% on him, not the poor young man who was murdered. I want to thank the community members who reached out to me to express their concern about how the situation was reported. Tighe. "
It's devastating. #AidanEllison was a child. We all heard our music loud. It feels like freedom as a teenager. The fact that a man executed a child for a perceived volume problem? Despicable. Racism and gun violence cross here in a really terrible way 💔 https://t.co/FjqbbFxXDB
– Sophia Bush (@SophiaBush) November 29, 2020
Precious Edmonds, a spokesman for the Black Leaders, Activists, and Community Coalition in southern Oregon, told The Oregonian that a culture of white supremacy persists in the southern Oregon region where Ellison was killed. "The incident where Aidan was shot dead after an argument over listening to his music was really about his failure to submit to this man's perceived authority, ”Edmonds said.
Civil rights attorney Ben Crump tweeted on Sunday that his questions in the case concern more than just the shooter, whom Crump described as a "white supremacist". The lawyer asked the following questions: “1. Why didn't the Ashland Police provide any assistance upon arrival? 2. Why did the police chief condemn both of them for "getting caught in disputes that needlessly turn into violence"? 3. Why wasn't Keegan charged with a hate crime? "
Important questions about the murder of #AidanEllison:
1. Why did the Ashland Police not provide any assistance on arrival?
2. Why did the police chief condemn both of them for "getting caught in disputes that needlessly turn into violence"?
3. Why wasn't Keegan charged with hate crimes?
– Ben Crump (@AttorneyCrump) November 29, 2020
Crump also made an important legal distinction between Ellison's death and that of Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old black teenager who was shot February 26, 2012 on a trip from a supermarket to get candy and tea Sanford, Florida.
In the case, George Zimmerman, a neighborhood guard volunteer, was accused of racially profiling the hooded-sweater when 29-year-old Zimmerman shot and killed Martin. At one point Zimmerman considered using the Stand your Ground law in his defense. The law gives homeowners the right to use lethal force out of fear for their lives or to protect their property. According to the New York Times, Zimmerman was ultimately found not guilty of second degree murder and was acquitted of manslaughter.
Crump tweeted, "For those comparing Aidan Ellison's murder to Trayvon Martin, Oregon is not a" Stand Your Ground "state, but it is the combination of Oregon's use of violent laws and an Oregon Supreme Court ruling from the Year 2007 implies that state law does not require an obligation to withdraw. "