Funeral services for Troy Davis, 42, executed, convicted murderer of Mark MacPail in Savannah, is set for Saturday at Jonesville Baptist Church according to his younger sister, Kimberly Davis.
Troy died by lethal injection at the Jackson Correctional Institute in Jackson, Georgia. Jackson is a suburb of Atlanta. Troy’s case was considered in the lower courts where he was found guilty; and then in the appeal courts in Atlanta; and finally all the way to the Supreme Court in Washington.
Davis was executed in Georgia’s death chamber last week, September 21, 2011 for the 1989 slaying of off-duty Savannah police officer Mark MacPhail. Davis insisted he was innocent, but courts ultimately upheld his conviction.
Thousands of supporters worldwide protested Davis’ execution, saying the case raised too many doubts about his guilt.
This is the second funeral for the Davis family this year. Their mother, Virginia Davis died in April. The family said they were glad she did not live to see her son executed.
We are given the freedom of choice by our Almightily Creator; and with those choices come consequences. But seldom is only one person involved in those consequences. There are always family and friends who have to suffer and mourn as well.
The MacPhail lost a son, husband, and father in a senseless killing. Troy Davis was lost to his family as well. Death comes in many forms and to all at sometime; but to lose a loved one in a tragic and/or violent way makes the grief all the harder to bear for those left behind.
Associated Press published an interview with another sister. Martina Correia. She said they were moving forward and could continue the fight against the death penalty. She said they were not going to dwell on anger associated with his death as Troy would not have wanted them to. His final words to his family were that he wished they would continue the fight.
Kimberly Davis, his younger sister, stated, “Me and my family, people ask us, `Why aren’t you crying? Why aren’t you grieving?'” said his younger sister, Kim Davis. “My brother was at peace with God. He told us before, `Even though the state of Georgia may execute me, they will only take my physical body, never my soul.'”
Davis maintained his innocence until the end and got the support from thousands of people worldwide. His execution had been stopped three times before. His final appeal went all the way to the Federal Supreme Court and was denied.
Mark MacPhail’s family has stated they had no question but that Davis was guilty.
MacPhail, 27, was shot twice after he rushed to help a homeless man who was being beaten outside a Savannah bus station where the officer was working off-duty as a security guard. Troy Davis insisted another man shot MacPhail, though prosecutors and the officer’s family say they have no doubt Davis was the real killer.
Davis’ relatives say they’ll make sure they have some time to mourn in private, but feel strongly that their brother’s funeral should be open to the supporters who rallied around him.
“My brother’s case has brought people together from all over the world, and what a family does is stick together,” Kim Davis said. “Our family isn’t only our physical blood relatives. It expands way beyond that.”Read more: http://rapidcityjournal.com/news/national/ap-interview-troy-davis-sister-vows-to-carry-on/article_dd53b0f4-3732-5f97-8023-435573528ae2.html
For more information on Jonesville Baptist Church see: http://www.jbc-paw.org/
There are already community action groups forming to take a stand against the death penalty; especially for African Americans.