dao1980, I agree completely about the loud music and I never mentioned drinking (I enjoy a good adult beverage on occasion myself), I said fighting. The two most certainly do no have to go hand in hand. LOL I do indeed smoke menthol cigs but I assure you my weed is at worst mid grade...well, ok, it's sometimes cheap but I can't be too picky in these times. Seriously, have you seen this things that are accused of doing this crime? C'mon, I wouldn't want them asking me "would you like fries with that" much less sharing an enclosed area with me. I know shouldn't judge on appearance but let's be real here, it's clear that they've thrown in the towel as far as taking care of themselves and how they are percieved on a first impression basis so it was only a matter of time before they did something terrible like this...their priors also should tell us that.
I live about 50 yards from this young man and I can vouche for the company he kept and ChattanoogaVol is right. Trash. Pure trash much like my immediate neighbor, trash. Mr. Collins in no way deserved his fate. He did deserve a wake up call as to the company he kept however like some of his true friends standing up and saying something pertaining to hanging out with these people. There was constantly loud, explicit music coming from the residence as well as what sounded like fighting. Having that environment in your own home? There was something tragic bound to happen sooner or later. Please don't misinterpret my blountness as acceptance and/or approval because it is certainly not that. I also agree with Sage1 in the fact that the RBPD is...well, pretty inept at their jobs. As stated above I have some typical white trash neighbors and the "gentleman" has be seen to to beat his wife to a pulp in the yard and his girlfriend has gone to work with black eyes and a tooth missing, well the cops were called and you guessed it, nothing...oh and if you're wondering, he still lives there. Typical white trash. You stay classy, Redding Rd.
Redlegs, it's becomming clear that your grief is clouding your judgement on what you are reading. No one is passing judgement, no one has said anything even remotely resembling that Mr. Collins deserved what he got. You say "Why is it that every time something like this happens (the two kids killed by the train in Sale Creek for example) eveyrone has to jump to every bad conculsion possible in order to make some sense of it." Well, why do you do the same thing on here? (as for the two "kids", one was a 30 something year old man and the other was a 19ish year old girl...company kept issue there for her I believe as well). I certainly hope Mr Collins was the sort of young man this world needs that would reach out to those less fortunate. There aren't enough people like that this day and age BUT there's a reason for that. This sort of thing happens too often to people that reach out. I certainly wouldn't do it the same way I didn't call the RBPD. Can you imagine the backlash I would've gotten had I called? Also, if he was such a great person as you are trying to convince us I don't think he would want you being childish and calling strangers names and acting like a brat, stomping your feet and slamming doors on the internet. It makes you less credible as a conversationalist...as well less respectable as a grieving friend.
I agree with "sexybt" in the fact that "explicit music don't give them the right to take his life" however it is about the company he kept. He was 27 years old, old enough to decide who was a friend and who wasn't. This young man DID NOT deserve his fate. Once again facts are facts. He kept bad company (the roommate) and he was let down by justice(RBPD). But let's be real here you can't blame anyone person or judicial system. This young man made his choices and paid the ultimate price. I just wish I could've done something. I don't know what other than call the RBPD but that didn't do any good with my neighbors...and I didn't even make that call, someone else did. I shouldn've done something, I know that now...much too late. I apologize deeply to all those involved.
I realize this is a very tough time for friends and family of this young man but facts are facts, I can throw a tennis ball from my front porch to Mr. Collins' front yard (and I'm pretty old)and there has indeed been loud explicit music coming from the property as well as what sounded like fighting on several occasions. Redlegs, just because you weren't there didn't mean it didn't happen. Once again, I'm not trying to be a jerk in this tough time but it needstobesaid that what dragonagerogue said is, in fact, true. It is also true that I absolutely regret not notifying the police. The police have been called on my immediate neighbors after the "gentleman" beat his wife to a pulp but nothing was done, no arrests, nothing. My faith in the RBPD has taken serious hits recently...and I even want to become one.