Family, friends and church members are remembering the years of dedication and passion Bishop Phillip Davis gave to Nations Ford Community Church and the Charlotte community.
“His impact was pretty huge," said Todd Pipkin, who now runs the Male Leadership Academy of Charlotte that Davis founded.
After Davis founded the church in 1988, he started the Envision Life School of Leadership and Ministry, as well as the Male Leadership Academy. Davis' message in a YouTube clip resonates maybe even more now.
"Success not only is being faithful, but it is persevering beyond your pain and outlasting your problems,” Davis said.
Now those efforts will live on in his legacy.
His wife, Cynthia Davis, called 911 Saturday afternoon from their Union County home after finding Davis. He had accidentally shot himself while cleaning his gun.
"Looks like it shot him in the heart. Can you get here right away? Oh my goodness. Oh God,” Cynthia Davis told a 911 dispatcher.
Davis spent nearly 40 years in ministry and wrote three books. He's remembered as a man of God who touched many lives.
"We'll all pull together and make it stronger and make it better and definitely continue to move his vision forward,” Pipkin told Channel 9.
Funeral arrangements are still being finalized.
The attorneys for CMPD Officer Randall “Wes” Kerrick said he does not want to speak publicly about the shooting that led to him being charged with voluntary manslaughter, but he may still have to answer some tough questions about what happened.
In a statement released Monday, Kerrick’s attorneys said they have received several requests for interviews with Kerrick, but he is not interested.
“Wes believes that he expressed his version of events while under oath during his trial. Wes replays the events that occurred during the early morning hours of September 14, 2013, on a daily basis. He decided to testify at trial so that he could tell the jury and the greater community of his thoughts and actions on that day after nearly two years of not being able to discuss the matter publicly on advice of his counsel. He testified truthfully, thoughtfully and deliberately,” the statement read.
Kerrick’s attorneys said that he believes it is time to let his family and Jonathan Ferrell’s family heal.
Kerrick still faces a CMPD internal investigation into whether he violated department policy on use of force, and CMPD could ask the Civil Service Board to fire him.
“That's going to be the next step to see where we are with that issue in terms of is he entitled to any back pay and just what his status with CMPD may be,” Kerrick’s attorney, George Laughrun, told Eyewitness News on Friday.
If Kerrick does face internal discipline, the Fraternal Order of Police, which paid his legal bills in court, is ready to step in again.
“In my discussions with him, I think everything is on the table for him right now,” Randy Hagler, president of the state FOP, said.
“I can tell you that if he wants to go to Civil Service and defend himself, we'll be there with him to do that,” Hagler said.
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Two drivers avoided injury this weekend when someone hurled rocks at their cars from a Hickory bridge.
The cars were struck within minutes of each other on Highway 321 at the 2nd Avenue Southwest Bridge, police said.
Arlene Potter said she was hit by glass when a rock about 2 inches in diameter struck her windshield.
"We thought a gunshot was our first thought. But then we continued down the road and I was like what are we going to do? What are we going to do?" Potter said.
Theda Webster was also hurt by flying glass when a rock hit her windshield a few minutes later.
"All at once -- bam and it scared me, and I jerked my steering wheel and almost hit the bridge head-on. It just scared me to death," Webster said.
Both episodes happened at night, so neither driver saw anyone on the bridge, but they both believe that is what happened.
"They're pretty lowdown and don't realize the damage they caused to other vehicles alone -- someone could wreck and get killed," Webster said.
In both cases, the rocks did not penetrate the windshields, but the damage will cost hundreds of dollars.
Police said they are increasing patrols around the overpass and several others nearby to catch the person responsible before someone gets hurt.
"Fortunate that nobody got hurt. There were little shards of glass all over the place inside," William Potter, Arlene’s husband, said.
Officers said they have seen cases in other areas where people have been charged with second-degree murder when a driver or passenger died because an object was thrown from a bridge.
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