Detroit murderer Fredrick Young was given the chance to address the families of his victims at his sentencing for the murder of two white teens. Instead, he used the occasion to belittle and antagonize the courtroom, giving a rambling speech and declaring “Black lives matter,” the Detroit News is reporting.
Fredrick Young, 26, of Detroit, along with his accomplice, Felando Hunter, 24, of Jackson, murdered two teens from the Detroit suburb of Westland on in July of 2012. The two teens — Jacob Kudla and Jourdan Bobbish — had gone into Detroit to buy drugs from the men.
Instead of selling the boys Xanax, according to CBS Detroit, the pair robbed the boys, stripped them naked, then tortured and killed them. Their bodies were found in an empty field five days after the murder.
At Young’s sentencing on Wednesday, the presiding judge granted Young permission to address the victims’ families.
“I’d like to say sorry to the family of Aiyana Jones, Michael Brown, Eric Garner and I want to apologize for them for not being able to get justice for their loved ones who were murdered in cold blood and in respect for the peaceful protest I want to say hands up, don’t shoot, black lives matter.”
The remark drew gasps from the attendees in the courtroom.
“Black Lives Matter” has become a rallying call, of sorts, in the wake of several high-profile cases of alleged police abuse against blacks at the hands of white officers. The cases of Mike Brown — the unarmed black teen who was shot by white officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri — and Eric Garner — a New York man who was placed in an illegal coke hold by NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo for selling unlicensed cigarettes and later died — gained national attention in the media in 2014.
The Aiyana Jones case, on the other hand, took place in 2010, and hasn’t been in the media recently. The 7-year-old was sleeping when she was shot to death by Detroit Police Officer Joseph Weekley during a botched police raid. As of this post, two mistrials have been declared in Weekley’s manslaughter charges.
Regardless of the poorly-timed “Black lives matter” remark, the families of the two murdered teens chose to focus instead on forgiveness rather than anger. Carrie Bobbish, mother of Jourdan Bobbish, told her son’s murderer that her son would want it that way.
“In the end – knowing who Jourdan was, I believe he would want me to offer forgiveness. Although I know I may struggle with that endeavor for the rest of my life, it would be what Jourdan would want.”
Young and his accomplice were both sentenced to life in prison without parole for the teens’ murders.
[Image courtesy of: Detroit News]