As a mother I can't imagine the pain Darius' mother and family is feeling right now.  My son was in tears and could barely talk as he told me his former classmate/teammate/friend was killed.  I was shocked and speechless at hearing the news myself.  I can remember him and my son laughing and trying to out-do one another like it was yesterday.  They attended school together until high school.  Darius was a good looking kid, with a great sense of humor and a winning smile.  His death was senseless and it really makes me mad to know that he died like he did.  He had his whole life ahead of him at 22 and someone took that away from him.

For what?  I can't help but ask...what have we become as a society?  Everyone is so angry.  You mean to tell me if you disagree with someone, you have to worry about being shot and killed?  Are you kidding me?  When and why are we so damn sensitive?!?!?  We have a MAJOR problem within our community and society at large when it comes to dealing with our anger.  Times have really changed.  There used to be a time when you could argue, scream and shout with someone and the next day it was over.  Sometimes we would have to fight, but we never had to worry about being killed.  We settled our differences and even had rules about how to do so.  For example if it was one on one, it had to stay that way.  No weapons were allowed and no one was allowed to jump in.  It was fair.

Now it's never fair.  There's a gang of punk a** kids running around with guns cause their scared to get their butts whipped.  Better yet they can't fight.  Even worse they don't fight fair. They settle their beefs by using a weapon, even when the other person is unarmed. What happened to Black Lives Matter?  You ever notice how so-called "thugs" have such THIN SKIN?  They fall apart when people to talk about them. That's not a "thug," that's a "sissy."  These so-called tough guys don't know what to do if their called out.  They have no vocabulary. They can't deal with being embarrassed, so they draw a gun and shoot no matter the consequence.  They have no value of life. They chose murder to maintain their "rep."

There's only one problem with that thought process though.  Once you kill someone, whether you like or not, you carry their death to your grave.  Whether you believe in GOD or not...he exists.  I'm here to tell you, GOD doesn't care about your "rep."  He doesn't care how brave you think you are.  On your last day, you will be judged for the live you lead.  You will have to explain to GOD why you did, what you did.

Yet these kids pull the trigger with no thought about the consequences of their actions. Nine times out of ten, the next day they can't even remember what the argument was about or how it started.  It's crazy and extremely sad.  Young people learn to use your words and put down your weapons.  Killing someone to prove your tough, does just the opposite.  It only proves how stupid you are.  Not only do you have to carry that persons death on your heart for the rest of your life, but at the end of the day, your life is over too.  You will pay for murdering someone one way or another, be it at the hour of your death or rotting away in a jail cell.

For those of you who stay silent in regard to what happened to Darius Edwards, God knows you know.  Step-up and speak out.  Free yourself.  Because you will never have peace till you do.

WE MUST STOP THE VIOLENCE.

KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

KPLC TV reports Darius Edwards was murdered in Hempstead, Texas while attending a party.  Authorities with the Waller County Sheriff's Office say they arrived on the seen around 12:35 a.m. Thursday morning and discovered Darius had been shot several times.

He was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at a local hospital. There are no suspects at this time.

Being a local football star from LaGrange High School, everyone know him.  His former coaches at the L.G., had nothing but good things to say about him.  Gators head coach, Jules Sullen, said it was an honor to have Edwards on his team adding;

"We try to teach all of our athletes here to be remembered as a legend.  He by far is one of the best athletes that I've had the opportunity to coach. You know, as a coach you can tell the special ones, and quite naturally he was one of the special ones."

Coach Sterling Mobley shared the same sentiment saying,

"By far, he is the most athletic and most effective player that we've had. Not just on the field but off the field.  If you were having a bad day, even as one of the adults around, when you come around him, he's going to take some of his life and put it in you."

 

Coach Olin Cowan reminisced,

"You'll never forget that smile he had," He remembered, "His personality - It was great. He was positive. He truly, truly, truly is going to be missed."

Coach Bradley Jordan stated,

"I know for a fact that he went to heaven with his sense of humor and that smile that he had, I know he's up there smiling down on us." said Coach Bradley continued, "It's so sad to see a young person go like that the way he went out and I'm thankful that I had the opportunity to coach him."

Darius left quite and impression on his college coaches at Prairie View A&M University as well.  His standout performance in high school got him a scholarship to the school. However an early injury kept him from playing shortly after attending school there. Regardless to that fact, the PV community said he was family.

With news of his untimely death Prairie View released the following statement:

The Prairie View A&M Department of Athletics is deeply saddened to learn of the untimely passing of former Prairie View A&M student Darius Edwards.  Mr. Edwards was a member of the 2011 Prairie View A&M football signing class, however an unfortunate injury prior to the 2011 fall football camp and season prevented him from ever participating with the Prairie View A&M football team.

Despite the fact that he never had an opportunity to play football for the Panthers, he was and forever will be a part of the PV family. We offer our deepest condolences to his family during this difficult time.

To his mother and family we pray for your comfort, peace and offer our heartfelt condolences.  To his many friends we are sorry for your loss.  To Darius, we pray you rest in eternal peace.  May God bless and keep you.  We will never forget you.