Killer Cop Invited To Gunn’s Funeral

March 4, 2016 2 By Michael
Nellie Ruth Gunn prays in Montgomery, Ala., after she heard the news that Montgomery District Attorney Daryl Bailey announced on Wednesday, March 2, 2016 that Montgomery Police Officer Aaron Smith was arrested in connection to the shooting death of her son Greg Gunn. (Mickey Welsh/The Montgomery Advertiser via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

Nellie Ruth Gunn prays in Montgomery, Ala., after she heard the news that Montgomery District Attorney Daryl Bailey announced on Wednesday, March 2, 2016 that Montgomery Police Officer Aaron Smith was arrested in connection to the shooting death of her son Greg Gunn. (Mickey Welsh/The Montgomery Advertiser via AP)  Mrs. Dun invites her son’s Killer to homegoing services.

 

The accused killer cop, Aaron C. Smith and his patrol partner were invited to the funeral services for Greg Gunn, by Gunn’s grieving mother, Nellie Ruth Gunn.

Speaking following a prayer service in front of her Mobile Heights home after news  that her son’s accused killer had been arrested, Mrs. Gunn said: “I want both of them to go to church with me. And if they can’t, well good and well done. But God knows and Heaven knows.”

Mrs. Gunn’s plea came moments after she learned that her son’s killer had been arrested and charged with murder. She is the wife of Montgomery’s first Black police officer. Her invitation seemed to be a sincere attempt to show the killer and his partner, who would not allow her to attend to her son, how well liked he was in the neighborhood.

The funeral services for Gunn will be held on Friday, two days after his killer was charged with murder and released on a $150,000 bond. Smith’s bond was paid for by members of the Montgomery Police Department before the ink was dry on the court writ setting his bond.

Neither Gunn’s accused killer, nor his partner, are likely to show up for the funeral services. Smith’s lawyer, attired in what appeared to be a flak jacket during a Wednesday news conference said there had been internet threats against his client. Smith’s patrol partner has not been publicly named and there are no pending charges against him.

Gunn’s services will be held at the True Divine Baptist Church in Montgomery, a week after his life ended in a violent confrontation with Smith. The family is expected to receive Mayor Todd Strange before the services. They had been reluctant to meet with the mayor prior to Friday. Speculation are the family is upset that when Mrs. Gunn sought to render aid to her dying son, the Montgomery Police Department would not allow her out of her home. Mrs. Gunn could hear her son calling out to her for help, but she could not lift one finger to comfort him.

Harold Michael Harvey is an American novelist and essayist, the author of Paper puzzle and Justice in the Round. He can be contacted at haroldmichaelharvey.com

 

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http://www.wsfa.com/clip/12257916/officer-arrest-yields-reaction-from-city-family-attorney