A 16-year-old Cherokee boy is charged
with assault with a deadly weapon causing serious bodily injury. The arrest is
connected to the beating of Cherokee High School star football player Justin
Brady. Cherokee Police Chief Ben Reed released a statement to News Thirteen
On the evening of August 16, 2014 a
CIPD(Cherokee Indian Police Department) Detective took a report of an assault…that
left a teenage male with multiple injuries to his back and head. On August
26th, 2014, CIPD detectives arrested a 16-year-old male on a Tribal warrant for
Assault with a Deadly Weapon inflicting Serious Injury.
Chief Reed said the investigation remains
open and that there wed five teenage boys at a house on Old Mission Road in
Cherokee, when an altercation took place. Chief Reed continued his statement
saying: "This case is very serious and it will be handled accordingly.
Here we have a situation that left a young man critically injured, which
greatly affects his family, those involved, and even the entire community.
There is a lot of gossip spreading around in social networking and in our
community in regards to this incident. I would encourage our community to be
patient, supportive and to pray for all those involved….Our focus is on the
victim, and the investigation and prosecution that will bring resolution to
everyone involved. Pray for our youth. Pray for our parents. Pray for our
officers. Pray for our churches. Just Pray," wrote Chief Reed.
News Thirteen spoke with Justin's mother
who said her son is doing much better and is back in school. His Coach, Kent
Briggs also expressed concern and encouragement,
"Our thoughts and prayers have been
with the family and him," said Coach Briggs. "The good thing about
the situation is Justin is recovering. He's back in school. As far as the
charges that this young man is charged with assault, really I can't make any
comment on that. We're trying to move forward as a football team."
Coach Briggs said Justin is a star player
for his team and has been doing an excellent job in pre-season training as as
defensive end and offensive guard. The coach visited Justin just days ago
before he went home.
"I went to the hospital and really
was scared to death that his injuries, may be life threatening. I got over
there and he was awake. We feel very blessed he's still with us."
Justin was seen in his beloved #77
Cherokee Football uniform on the sidelines at a game last friday night at
Tuscola High School in Waynesville. His coach expects him to be at the team's
game cheering the team on once again this Friday night. Justin's Aunt said she
feels for her nephew and looks forward to more information about the
investigation and possible charges released.
"I'm glad they found the person that
did it," said Linda Driver, Justin's Aunt. "If it was my child I'd
want justice too."
by Kimberly King
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