Above the normal noise of Charlotte's Thursday afternoon rush of traffic, few people noticed the sound of gun fire.
As the two groups cranked off round after round without aim of forethought, they recklessly fired away blindly, some crouching behind cars as the others sped off 27-year-old Kendal Crank, shot just above her neck was already dead, her red car rolling to a stop on the other side of the street, near North Tryon.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Major Mike Campagna would later say, “Unfortunately they (first responders) were unable to save her life.”
Kendal died because the system failed her, it failed us. Kendal was, as we are today caught in the crossfire of a gun fight between two groups of violent offenders.
An hour later North Tryon and 28th street remained closed to traffic. A Twitter user asked CMPD repeatedly when the streets were going to re-open so her life could resume normal.
Shell casings, littered the pavement parking lot, yellow crime scene tape fluttered in the breeze. Family members came and stood silently staring in disbelief, some cried others hugged one and another tying to understand how a young mother would could end up dead on a Thursday afternoon.
By Friday CMPD Detectives would charge, Adonis Javell Smith, Tychicus Unique Dobie, and Marquis Lebron Smith, with murder and other crimes.
Crank is a name long associated with Charlotte, I suspect Kendal's great grandparents are old Charlotte. They would not understand black on black violence. All they would know was that Kendal going about her life working hard taking care of family and children and trying to better herself, going to church on Sunday and thanking the Lord above all else.
They would not understand how African Americans have become a "Culture of Violence" Embracing Gun Play and Criminality.
They would not understand how three criminals with a history of ever increasing violence, criminals she stayed well clear of would end up killing her.
They would not understand how "the system" failed her or why a Democrat Mayor, Sheriff, Police Chief, District Attorney and Judges would embrace the idea of leniency, no bail and shorter prison sentences for Charlotte's violent offenders.
There should be more arrests, and active prison sentences at the "extended stay suites" for gun play of any sort, life without parole for AWDW armed robbery first time should be the last time. No Bail is a Fail and probation or pretrial release with electronic monitoring is a joke. Time to take violent offenders off the streets once and for all.