The Murder of Stanley Wilson

December 21, 2007

21-year-old Stanley Wilson was in college studying business. His mother said she never had any problems with him.

"He was sweet obedient child," said Marquette West Wilson.

On Friday night, October 5th, he went out with some friends.

"Normally if he went out or something like that we would pray together," said his mother.

But this time, he had left before his mother came home that evening.

"I had no idea that he was going out."

Stanley and his friends ended up going to the Polaris nightclub in the 400 block of 9th street in the Spring Garden section. When the club closed at 2 a.m. Saturday morning, about 150 people spilled into the street to find their way home.

Police said an argument broke out and then someone opened fire. It's not clear if Stanley was involved in the argument, was trying to break it up or was just an innocent bystander.

"Why would anyone shoot someone for no reason at all."

Stanley, who was shot four times, and 15-year-old Daemal Gaskin died from their wounds.

"That person whoever did this they need to come forth so that they can be forgiven," she said.

Stanley's family has put together a 10-thousand dollar reward for anyone with information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible.

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