Disappearance and Death of Louisiana Teen Raises Questions About Police Response

first_imgWithin hours of being notified that Quawan might be in their jurisdiction, Iberia Parish sheriff’s deputies discovered the body of a teenage boy around 6 p.m. in a muddy field near Loreauville, a small rural community not far from the Irvins’ home, after they pinged Quawan’s cellphone, Mr. Hall said. “It appears that something hateful happened to Bobby,” Ron Hall, a lawyer for the family, said in an interview, using Quawan’s nickname. “Whether this was an intentional act or grossly negligent indifference for human life, it’s still horrible.”On Oct. 30, Quawan’s mother had planned to pick him up from his father’s home for a haircut at 3 p.m., but he didn’t answer his phone, according to Mr. Hall. When he hadn’t responded by 7 p.m., his parents began to worry. His father forced down his locked bedroom door, realized he was missing and called the Baldwin Police Department, Mr. Hall said. Quawan Charles in a photo provided by his family.Credit…via Associated Press – Advertisement – Mr. Arceneaux said the failure of the police to immediately look for Quawan at the football game or to issue an Amber Alert was indicative of a larger issue.“Regardless of whether this was racially motivated or not, regardless of what the situation surrounding his death may be, the fact that the police departments didn’t act the way they would’ve acted if Quawan was a 15-year-old white girl named Katie, that’s the problem,” Mr. Arceneaux said.The American Civil Liberties Union has backed the call for an independent and transparent investigation, according to a statement from Alanah Odoms Hebert, executive director of the A.C.L.U. of Louisiana.“The disrespect and lack of transparency demonstrated by local officials in response to Bobby’s tragic and suspicious death is unacceptable,” Ms. Odoms Hebert said in a statement. “We join the family in demanding a full and transparent investigation into the circumstances surrounding Bobby’s death.”Quawan’s family has organized demonstrations outside the Baldwin Police Department and the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office to call for justice and answers. They feel that if action had been taken sooner, Quawan could be alive today, Mr. Hall said.“He’s still a kid,” he said. “If there’s a 1 percent chance at preventing what happened to Bobby — whatever that was — if you put full resources into finding this kid, then you take that chance.” After they located the body, the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office opened a homicide investigation that included interviewing those who were believed to have been with Quawan before his disappearance and searching their home, the office said in a statement on Saturday. A spokeswoman declined to answer whether that included Ms. Irvin and her son.“We interviewed these same individuals and are currently tracking their whereabouts,” the statement said. Video evidence recorded near the area where his body was found indicates that Quawan was alone for some time before and after he was seen on the recording, according to the statement.A preliminary autopsy report released by the Iberia Parish coroner on Friday said the cause of Quawan’s death was drowning, citing muddy water found in his airways and hyperinflated lungs. In the report, the coroner attributed the scratches and wounds on Quawan’s face to “aquatic animal activity” and said that the boy had not sustained the injuries before his death.A toxicology report has not yet been released.There are several bodies of water near the sugar cane field where Quawan was found, Mr. Hall said, but none deeper than two feet.“If in fact he did die of drowning — and we’re saying that as an if — we’re calling into question how exactly that would have happened,” Mr. Hall said. “Can somebody who’s 5-foot-6 typically drown in two feet of water? No, not unless there’s another cause associated with that.” The Baldwin Police Department, which also did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Saturday, said in a statement on Tuesday that it would handle the investigation into his disappearance. Quawan’s death would be investigated — as a homicide — by the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office. The Police Department added that “proper protocol was used to report the juvenile as missing.” The family has commissioned an independent autopsy and has sent an investigator to capture drone footage of the fields where Quawan was found, Mr. Hall said.Quawan was a quiet teenager who had seven siblings, according to Mr. Hall. He had an understated sense of humor that would come out as he got to know a person and had recently adopted a dog he named My Baby, according to The Washington Post.“Like a lot of teenagers, he was just at that age where you’re trying to figure out your place in this world,” said Andre Arceneaux, a local activist who founded Stand Black, an advocacy group. “He was just a good kid and something happened to him that we don’t know the ins and outs of yet.”When his family saw photos of Quawan taken at the coroner’s office the night he was found — a quarter of his mangled face gone, revealing half his teeth in a gruesome, forced grin — they likened his appearance to that of Emmett Till, a 14-year-old Black youth who was killed in 1955, recalled Mr. Arceneaux, who was with them at the time.Quawan’s mother decided to release one of the photos, Mr. Arceneaux said.“She somehow had the bravery to say, ‘The world needs to see my child; the world needs to see what he looks like,’” Mr. Arceneaux said. “Sometimes it takes something like that for people to see the severity of what happened.”On a GoFundMe page for Quawan’s family, Mr. Till and Mr. Charles are displayed side by side, their faces captioned “1955” and “2020.” By Saturday afternoon, more than $235,000 had been raised for autopsy and funeral costs.Quawan’s death has not been deemed racially motivated by the authorities or his family, Mr. Hall said. The police assured Quawan’s parents that he was probably at a football game or with friends, Mr. Hall said. No Amber Alert was issued.- Advertisement – Days after his family had reported him missing, 15-year-old Quawan Charles was found dead in a sugar cane field, more than 20 miles from his home in Baldwin, La., his face badly disfigured.A preliminary autopsy found that his death had most likely been caused by drowning. But the circumstances surrounding his disappearance, and the local police’s slowness to take action, have prompted the boy’s family to commission an independent autopsy and question whether his death could have been prevented.- Advertisement – Frustrated, the family took matters into their own hands and learned that Quawan had been picked up by Janet Irvin and her son, without his parents’ permission, Mr. Hall said. He was taken to their home in the neighboring Iberia Parish, he said.It is unclear when, why or how Quawan left the Irvin home, Mr. Hall said. Ms. Irvin did not respond to requests for comment on Saturday, and the Baldwin Police Department, which is investigating Quawan’s disappearance, did not respond to questions.Quawan’s parents contacted the authorities in neighboring Iberia Parish on Nov. 3 to involve them in the search.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Sports today: AV-CTL DIV baseball race is on hold; WHS golfers busy; Walter Johnson Tournament seeding announcement; Oxford regular season wrap-up

first_imgCircle0600120 Rain postponed both contests. Wellington head coach Jesse Dale said he didn’t know the exact time for Andale at Mulvane but thought it would be played Tuesday. The Wellington-Clearwater contest is slated for Wednesday with opening pitch at 4 p.m.•••••Wellington golfThe Crusader golfers finished with a 367 in the Goddard Eisenhower Invitational Golf Tournament at Tex Consolver Golf Course. Other team scores included: Maize South 293, Buhler 302, Collegiate 307, Maize 310, Andover 314, Augusta 322, Eisenhower 328, Heights 330, Andover Central 344, Goddard 351.Graysen DeJarnett was the top Crusader golfer – shooting an 83 – seven strokes from the top 10 golfers in the tournament. Schmidt of Buhler was the tournament’s top scorer of 58.Other Wellington golfers included: Skyler Crittenden with a 92, Jonah Luna 94, and Ty Wilson 98 for the team scoring. Aaron Schoemann had a 99 and Carson LeGrand 108.Earlier in the week, Wellington participated in two 18-hole tournaments on the same day. In the I-35 Shootout at the Sand Creek Golf Course in Newton, Wellington finished with a 405. Later in the day, the Crusaders traveled to Hesston and shot a 380.“I was very proud of the boys,” said James Ginter, Wellington head golf coach. “This was the first 36 hole tournament for any of them and it was a grueling test both mentally and physically”At Sand Creek, Luna was the top Crusader golfer with a 97. Schoemann had a 98, Legrand 105, Wilson 105 and Crittenden 106.At Hesston, Luna shot an 89, Schoemann had a 91, Wilson 99, Legrand 101 and Crittenden 107.Wellington golfers will now participate in the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. IV tournament at Quail Ridge in Winfield on Tuesday, May 12.•••••League baseball tournamentThe Walter Johnson League, i.e. the South-Central Border League, will be holding its annual year end baseball tournament next week. The first two rounds will be played in Udall on Monday and the finals will be played at the Broadway Sports Complex in Winfield Thursday.The schedule is as follows:Monday in Udall: Game 1 -  #1 Udall vs. #7 Sedan – noon.Game 2 – #4 Central vs. #5 Oxford – (starts thereafter).Game 3 – Loser of game 1 vs. loser of game 2.Game 4 – Winner of game 1 vs. winner of game 2.Pool #2 will be played in Flinthills, involving Flinthills, Cedar-Vale Dexter and West Elk.Thursday in Winfield: Consolation finals – 4 p.m. north field.Third place finals – 4 p.m. south field.Championship finals, south field, after third place game.•••••Oxford splits with West ElkOxford won the first game against West Elk 8-1 and lost the second 5-4.Game 1: Oxford 8 West Elk 1Pitching: Cal Shimkus – 7 IP, 0 ER, 10 K’s, 4 BB, 1 hitBatting:Cal Shimkus 2-4, 2 singles, 1 RBI, 1 RunCamren Clements 1-3. 1 single, 2 RBI’s, 1 runDylan Reuter 0-1, 4 BB, 1 RBI, 3 runs, 1 stolen base Close Forgot password? 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Mulvane53.62577.500 Wichita Collegiate26.250414.222 Comments from Oxford baseball coach Kyle Green: Game 1 was a solid game for us. Freshman Cal Shimkus made his second career start. He was dominate on the bump. He got into a couple of jams during the course of the game due to walks, but battled out of it. I loved the way he competed in tough spots. He gave up 1 hit late in the game. West Elk put the ball in play several times and our defense made plays. Freshman Dalton Silhan made a great play in left, throwing out a kid at the plate.  Cal had a solid game at the plate as well, as did fellow freshman Camren Clements and sophomore Dylan Reuter. Well played game by us, few mental mistakes, and few errors. Timely hitting was also key.Game 2 was a little bit of a different story. We didn’t start that game well. Senior Oggie Shimkus took the mound for this game. Early on we walked some kids and then our defense had a couple of errors that allowed some runs to score. The great thing about it is that the kids didn’t give up and quit. Oggie continued to compete on the bump and he threw well enough to get us a W. We battled back and tied the game. Ended up losing in the bottom of the 7th on a base hit by West Elk. Our kids competed hard in Game 2 and never quit. I think right now we are playing our best baseball with this young team. We have the league tournament starting monday, we are seeded 5th and will play a very good Central Burden team at Udall in the first round.Follow us on Twitter. Andale/Garden Plain71.875115.688center_img Wellington71.875115.688 Game 2: West Elk 5 Oxford 4Pitching: Oggie Shimkus – 7 IP, 3 ER, 12 K’s, 4 BB Batting:Cal Shimkus 4-4, 4 singles, 2 RBI’s, 1 runGrant Smith 1-4, 1 single, 1 runDylan Reuter 1-4, 1 single, 1 run Clearwater15.16759.357 by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow —The pursuit for the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. IV crown in baseball has been put on hold; the Wellington golfers have been a busy bunch this week; Walter Johnson League baseball tournament seedings have been announced for this week; and Oxford wraps up its regular season in baseball…••••Wellington boys baseball As reported, the Wellington-Clearwater baseball doubleheader was postponed Thursday at Sellers Park. So was the Andale vs. Mulvane double header contest. Therefore, the AV-CTL DIV race lives to see another week.Currently, Wellington and Andale/Garden Plain are both 7-1 in the league with one league doubleheader left. Both are also 11-5 overall.last_img read more

International quartet selected for South Africa tour

first_img10 Jan 2019 International quartet selected for South Africa tour Tags: elite golf, England teams, South Africa Four internationals will represent England on a month-long playing tour of South Africa.They are David Langley of BB&O, Joe Long of Gloucestershire, Billy McKenzie of Hampshire and Tom Plumb of Somerset (pictured).They will play in the:– African Amateur, 11-14 February, at Leopard Creek Country Club– South African Amateur, 17-22 February, at King David Mowbray Golf Club– South African Stroke Play, 26 February–1 March, at De Zalze Golf Club– Cape Province Open, 4-6 March, at the Kingswood Golf Estate and George Golf ClubLangley (Castle Royle) made headlines last year when he won the qualifier for the Proudfoot Trophy at the South African Amateur in brutal conditions.He went on to notch up a series of impressive results and to play in England’s winning team at the Men’s Home Internationals. Long (Lansdown), the runner up in the English Amateur, and Plumb (Yeovil) were fellow team members.McKenzie (Rowlands Castle), is the Spanish Amateur champion and helped England win last year’s international against France.McKenzie and Plumb are also on international duty this week, representing England in the South American Amateur in Chile.Image copyright Leaderboard Photography.last_img read more

Hastings, Elmore top 30th Nelson Cyswog’n’ Fun

first_imgStephen Hastings of Calgary and Malindi Elmore of Kelowna breezed over the  picturesque Heritage City triathlon course to capture the top prizes in the respective men’s and women’s division at the 30th annual Cyswog’n’Fun Sunday at Lakeside Park.Hastings finished under two hours, crossing the finish line at Lakeside Park in a time of one hour, 56.15 minutes.Elmore, who had hoped to be in London at the Summer Games competing for Canada but is happy to have Nelson as her second choice, was the top female as the Okanagan triathlete came in at 2:12.53.Elmore, a track specialist, failed to make the Canadian Olympic standard and was not promoted to Canada’s Track team even though the 32-year-old won Nationals in her event this year.Yes I’d say I’m happy . . . because it’s always nice to win,” Elmore said after cooling down from the race in the transition area.”It was a fun course today. It was a little hilly, tough run . . . tough swim.”Joe Radench of Grande Prairie, Alta, was second behind Hastings with Eddie Smith of Penticton third.Kyle Moore of Calgary was fourth with Seth Bitting of Rosslad coming in as the top local in fifth. Defending champion Dallas Cain of Rossland did not enter the 2012 race.Sarah MacArthur of Calgary was second behind Elmore.The Okanagan’s Elmore, openly admitting the swim is not her strength, passed MacArthur at the five kilometer mark on the run to grab the women’s crown.Top local athletes in the Olympic distance race were Ron Sherman in the men’s and Denise Uhrynuk for the women.Long course racers jumped into the waters of Kootenay Lake at 8 a.m. for the 1500 meter swim along the Nelson waterfront.Stage two is the 39 km cycle along beautiful Kootenay Lake to Kokanee Park and back before completing the race with the 10 km run along the waterfront, around Anderson Street and then Nelson Avenue and across the orange bridge onto the rolling hills of Johnstone Road.In the sprint event — 500 meters swim, 22 km ride and five km run — Graham Hood of Kelowna came in first ahead of Kirk Vandeweghe of Penticton.The Locke boys — Julian and Peter— finished third and fourth with Duncan Banks of Penticton and John DeVries of Nelson fifth and sixth, respectively.Stacy Osmond of Quesnel was the top female short course winner.Jennifer Koga of Kelowna was second and Kathryn Noiles of Nelson third in women’s short course.Team Caron won the Olympic Distance race over Tachophillics while Team Yolo topped Under 16 Division and Team Stupar won the Open division.The race attracted more than 300 competitors for the 30th annual event, which, once again, was held under sunny skies.last_img read more

Bombers look to rebound at Vernon Tournament

first_imgThe L.V. Rogers Bombers look to bounce back after a disappointing result at the Bomber Invitational Tournament when the team travels to Vernon for a weeekend event.The Bombers finished fourth after dropping a 72-69 decision to Prince Charles of Creston in the Consolation Final.LVR played the game minus starters Robby Dixon and Josh Matosevic. Both players suffered injuries earlier in the tournament.”A (J. Lloyd) Crowe player undercut Josh and he fell on his back and was hurt and only played about 15 minutes the rest of the weekend,” a disappointed Bomber coach Jeremy Phelan explained. “Robby also rolled his ankle in that game and he didn’t play the rest of the weekend.”Dixon is expected to play this weekend in Vernon while Matosevic will be a game-time decision.Minus to key players, the Bombers ran out of gas against Prince Charles after losing to Rutland in the semi final game earlier in the day.Rutland defeated Osoyoos Rattlers 86-78 in the Final to capture the Tournament Title.The Rattlers led by 10 points entering the fourth quarter but also ran out of gas as the South Okanagan squad entered the tourney with a short bench of players.LVR opened the tournament manhandling both Nakusp and J. Lloyd Crowe of Trail by respective, 95-9 and 79-26 scores.The Hangar will once again by busy this weekend as the LVR Bombers host a Senior Girl’s Basketball Tournament.Meanwhile the LVR Junior Bombers are in Castlegar to play in the Stanley Humphries Rockers Junior Boys Tournament.last_img read more


first_imgKOSTA HRONIS, PART OWNER, TALCO: “When we saw the early fractions we felt pretty good, and we’re happy that this win pays his fee for the Breeders’ Cup (Mile at Keeneland on Oct. 31). He was first or second in his last four races and he got the pace today.” TYLER BAZE, MIDNIGHT STORM, SECOND: “He didn’t handle that grass at all, he couldn’t really get a hold of it. I’m still very proud of the way he ran; he never threw in the towel.” TRAINER QUOTES JOCKEY QUOTES JOSE LEZCANO, SEEK AGAIN, THIRD: “My horse just didn’t do it today. I tried to keep up with Talco and couldn’t.”             NOTES: Under the enhancements of the Challenge series, Breeders’ Cup Limited will pay the $40,000 entry fee of the Shoemaker Mile winner to start in the Mile if that horse is nominated to the Breeders’ Cup program by Oct. 19, the Pre-Entry deadline. Breeders’ Cup is providing all North American connections of horses based outside of Kentucky a $10,000 travel allowance to start in the Championships. Winning owners Hronis Racing LLC are from Delano, CA.center_img LARRY BENAVIDEZ, ASSISTANT TO JOHN SADLER, TALCO, WINNER: “After the first quarter mile, we were smiling, especially since the grass looked a little longer than normal. It was a big win. We just kind of wanted them to go fast up front, and we figured the one (Winning Prize) was going to go, with the blinkers on. Finally the race played out like it looked on paper and this horse is in top form right now.” RAFAEL BEJARANO, TALCO, WINNER: “When I came to the stretch, I knew Tyler (Baze, on Midnight Storm) still had a lot of horse. My horse gave me such a big kick off the turn, we were able to challenge him right away and then we outran him to the finish. The whole key to winning today was being able to stay inside around the far turn and really kicking well.“The turf is really soft and deep. I let him break good and I didn’t want him too far back. I saw that the pace was a little slow, for this kind of race, for these horses, so I didn’t want to be too far off the pace.” -30- FLAVIEN PRAT, BAL A BALI, FIFTH: “I had a good trip . . . I was pretty good on the last turn and I asked him and he didn’t answer . . . We beat the winner the last time so I don’t know; he was not good today.”last_img read more