Sunday, June 22, 2008

Prayers for the Family of David Shawn Blanton, Jr.

We had a tragedy in Haywood County, NC this past week. His victim's name was David Shawn Blanton, Jr. and he was a North Carolina State Trooper in our area. The tragedy was a man named Edwardo Wong II whose fallen and wicked heart brought him to kill Mr. Blanton with cold blooded calculation. Granted, he is only charged with this horrible crime and I am sure the details of this tragedy will come out in trial. Nonetheless, a young husband and father of a two week old baby died doing his duty for the citizens of our state. There was an amazing funeral service yesterday and after returning from bringing my wife her lunch at her workplace I decided to drive through the Lake Junaluska retreat on the way back to our home. I had forgotten about the funeral and when I came upon the auditorium by the lake, I was amazed. There were thousands of people there. There were hundreds of cars along Highway 19 with people milling about to pay respects when Mr. Blanton's body would be carried back to Cherokee, the place of his family's home. … and now, a new baby will go through this world never having known it's father and needlessly so.

The story of this young man is here.