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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Wakefield Says Goodbye to One of its Own

Story and photo by David Greene

The Wakefield community paid their respect to an elderly woman they called a pillar of the neighborhood last Friday at her funeral.

Sadie Mitchell, 92, a long-time resident of Wakefield, was killed by a teen gunman’s stray bullet that flew through her living room window on the night of Oct. 20 as she watched television.

Family and friends, as well as Mayoral candidate, Bill Thompson, Congressman Elliot Engel, and Assemblyman Carl Haste attended the services held at Our Lady of Grace Church on Bronxwood Ave.

One unidentified church worker fondly recalled Mitchell arriving at church every Sunday with a bouquet of flowers for the altar.

Father Richard Gorman, the District Manager of Community Board 12, expressed his sorrow. "Sadie Mitchell does not belong here, she should be sitting by her window... none of us belong here, but here we are," he said. “A hole has been ripped in the hearts of those that loved her.”

The beloved community devotee was later buried at the Kensico Cemetery in Valhalla, N.Y.

Police have charged Jamal Blair, 18, with Mitchell’s death and weapons possession. Blair allegedly fired the fatal shot after being confronted by a group of teens near Mitchell’s home on E. 224th St, where she has lived for the past 55 years.

Despite a video taped confession, Blair pleaded not guilty to the second-degree murder charger and is in custody as he awaits trial.

Later during the funeral, Gorman called for the construction of a community center. He said the project, which has been on the community’s agenda for the past decade, would be the only hope against escalating teen violence in the area.

1 comment:

  1. This is Mark Rodriguez from The Political Parent Party and my heart goes out for Sadie Mitchell. As the saying goes; "You reap what you sow". I say this to those elected officials like Carl E. Heastie, Ruben Diaz Jr., Ruth Hassell-Thompson and Larry Seabrook who did not find it important to encourage legislation that preserves the family unit of father, mother and child as well as funding projects and programs. I want to thank Fr. Gorman for having the balls to tell it like it is because these "enlightened liberals" ARE THE CAUSE of the society we have today. When the Democratic Party stops receiving millions in contributions from "The National Organization of Women" that demonizes fathers and promotes single mother parent homes, you will then see a change. That is why I am running against Assemblyman Carl E. Heastie in 2010 because I do not want to hear about little old ladies getting shot, kids dying in the streets and fathers incarcerated because they want to be involved in their childs' life. Carl E. Heastie, shame on you, I would have been embarrased to attend that funeral mass. You reap what you sow!


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