published Friday, September 10th, 2010

Hixson man killed in residential robbery

by Michael Stone
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    Staff photo by John Rawlston/Chattanooga Times Free Press - Sep 9, 2010 A police investigator photographs the hands of Tucker King, whose roommate was shot and killed at the home they rented on Johnston Terrace in the Lupton City community on Thursday.

Emily Sailors could not believe that the young man she was dating was dead, shot in the head by robbers.

“No, he’s not!” she sobbed to family members Thursday through tears. “God wouldn’t do this to him.”

Friends and family who gathered at the house where Chance LeCroy was fatally shot in the head Thursday described him as a hard worker with a good personality.

“He’s never appeared to be of any bad character,” said Dick Davenport, the grandfather of Emily Sailors. “It’s somebody that you wouldn’t mind your granddaughter going with.”

Sailors declined to speak to the Times Free Press.

LeCroy was shot in his Hixson rental home at 1211 Johnston Terrace in what police are calling a residential robbery. People at the scene Thursday identified the victim and said he was 20 or 21. Police would not confirm the name Thursday afternoon.

“Robbery and narcotics are suspected to be the motivation behind the incident, but details are still being confirmed,” Sgt. Jerri Weary, Chattanooga police spokeswoman, said in a news release.

Weary said later in a phone interview that investigators found drug-related items in the house. She said she didn’t know any specifics about the items or who owned them.

It was unclear Thursday how many people lived in the medium-sized rental house off East Fairfax Drive. Police were still gathering evidence late Thursday afternoon, Weary said.

She said LeCroy’s roommate called police at 11:57 a.m.

The roommate told police he had been asleep on the couch when two armed people came into the room, Weary said. One put a gun to the roommate’s head, then both ran out of the house, got into a truck and sped off, she added.

Afterward, the roommate found LeCroy dead in his room, police said.

Emily Sailor’s brother, Richard Sailors, went to high school with LeCroy, a 2008 Soddy-Daisy High School graduate and employee of FedEx.

“I don’t think that he was involved with drugs or anything,” Richard Sailors said. “I don’t think that that’s primarily what he was connected with, but perhaps people that he knew were.”

Friends said LeCroy liked dirt biking and cars.

Neighbors described the neighborhood as mostly quiet, but said police sometimes would be called to break up parties at the house, which is at the road with three houses facing it across the street.

“The only time I’ve seen the cops called over here are when the guys over there are throwing a party, and it just gets out of hand,” said Nick Kirk, who lives across the street. “When they throw parties, there’s always a line of cars up and down the road.”

Kirk and his mother, Trish Tate, weren’t home when the shooting occurred, returning only after authorities arrived at the scene.

Tate called the neighborhood “an oasis right outside [Chattanooga].”

“I think it’s a targeted incident — I truly do,” she said.

She said that she has been considering buying a gun for a while, but Thursday’s homicide isn’t going to push her to get one.

“I don’t feel any more compelled than I did a week ago,” she said. “I’m not going to feel unsafe in my home.”

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kaila_rogers said...

first of all, if you are going to write an article in the paper, get the victims name right. His name was Chance LeCroy. He just turned 21 in April. He was a young vibrant boy with endless opportunities ahead of him and it's TRAGIC what happened. You just made his death seem so cold, so why don't you show some compassion a man was robbed of his life for god's sake.

September 10, 2010 at 10:13 a.m.

Michael! Please get the facts straight. His name is Chance! I understand that you're just trying to get the news out there but I believe Kaila is right, it seems a bit cold.

September 10, 2010 at 10:27 a.m.
lacey_mozena said...

You completely butchered Chance LeCroy's name. Chance was an amazing person and would do anything in the world for his friends. It's heartbreaking to us all that someone so important and special was taken from us so soon. I suggest as a reporter you get all your facts straight and give him the proper story. Other "facts" from your story are also flawed. Get it right.

September 10, 2010 at 10:45 a.m.
Clint_Shadwick said...

thanks chattanooga times, for making chance seem like a drug junkie party animal... i understand youre just trying to give people news, but show some respect in doing so. if youre gonna make this story the front page, you shouldve done more homework

September 10, 2010 at 11:42 a.m.
Kirstin_Fortson said...

It's Lecroy. And Chance is not just another crime for you all to have a field day with, he was a great friend and a wonderful person. He cared about his friends more than anything to the world. Everyone that met him had absolutely not one bad word to say about him. How dare you sit there and make him out to be anything less.

September 10, 2010 at 1:40 p.m.
Kayci_Orr said...

"When they throw parties, there’s always a line of cars up and down the road.”

I don't understand the significance of this quote. Does having a line up of cars at your house make you a crazed partier? Does it mean that you are up to no good? I feel as if you are portraying this young man in a negative light. This article is more about drugs than the big picture; A young man was MURDERED in his own home! I want to hear those facts! I want to know what police officials are doing to bring justice to those who took his live and traumatically effected everyone who is and was ever involved in his life. I want to know that my family and I are safe in our home. If I didn't know this young man, my conclusion would be that he was just another young statistic of the drug scene, which is not the case! The first thing they teach you in college journalism is the reason for writing an article is to portray truth, this is where you have failed. Good job, you got your poorly written article in on time. Bravo to you sir.

September 10, 2010 at 2:11 p.m.
rolando said...

Mr. Stone -- Good reporting.

Writing the news report of someone's death is never easy; but you covered all the facts available, both the good along with the not-so-good.

As for the folks posting here, please remember Mr Stone has a job to do -- that job includes keeping the public informed of all available information including police reports, contraband found, and neighborhood interviews. Initial reports do not always spell names correctly; later editing [as evidently happened here] corrects the misspelling. News reports are not all hearts and flowers; read the obits.

September 10, 2010 at 5:07 p.m.
rolando said...

Mr Sone -- Any info as to why the police techie was photographing the roommate's hands??

September 10, 2010 at 5:09 p.m.
rolando said...

Well, I just did it...Mr. Stone, my apologies for the misspelling of your name.

September 10, 2010 at 5:11 p.m.
liberty4all said...

Hey Michael, shouldn't there be a "d" at the end of your name.

September 10, 2010 at 5:32 p.m.
miss_bossy said...

Chance we all miss you so much. And yes, hes "doing his job" but numerous people read the article & people who knew Chance, think the way it was written is just cold. Period. & thats the truth. This isnt the death of a dug lord or a mafia kingpin or something. This is a 21 year old guy who was greatly loved by everyone around him. GREATLY. The fact that the "line of cars" were even mentioned is ridiculous. My car was probably in those line of cars, and the whole time my car was there it was just people hanging out. He was a great guy, a lot of people loved him, and he was close to his friends. People came over daily to hang out for a while there. It was a hang out spot for his friends. Maybe the police was called once or twice, but I can tell you it wasnt cause there were guns & violence & naked girls running around or something out of control. It wasnt a PARTY place like the newspaper makes it sound. He had close friends, and they were welcome at his house welcome anytime. That makes him an AMAZING guy, NOT the drugie you portrayed him to be. I wish someone who knew him could have wrote the article. It would have been less about the stupid stuff & more about what mattered. Some pathetic person took the life of an amazing man, and that person is the bad guy, not Chance. So theres no reason to try to almost "justify" being murdered in cold blood in your own home.

September 10, 2010 at 6:20 p.m.
Tax_Payer said...

I don't see anything wrong with a reporter giving facts. This is not an obituary!

September 10, 2010 at 7:26 p.m.
susieq261950 said...

What facts were reported??? Did we learn the description of the murderer??? How many were involved in this young mans murder??? Did the same neighbors that said there were always cars lined up outside his home say they saw or heard anything that would help identify the murderer's??? If you are going to report a story then for heaven sakes report the facts. I have five children all grown now, however when they were the age of this young man there were always cars lined up in front of our home. It was wonderful to hear them all laughing and enjoying this special time in their lives. They may have gotten a little loud at times, but it is sad that the "facts" written in this story are truly irrelevant to who or why someone felt they could barge into his private home and take his life and all that the reporter could tell us is "well there were always cars lined up the street" sad day in journalism. All Chattanooga young people are not drug crazed, party animals. He was in his home for heavens sake, lets discuss that. How safe do any of us feel in our homes now?? And God forbid someone breaks into your home tonight and shoots you in the head what do you think the reporters will write about you?? Very poor reporting of facts in this case. My God bless this family and his many friends at this time of tragedy. I will keep you all in my prayers.

September 10, 2010 at 9:07 p.m.
rolando said...

It is an initial report, suze. Facts are few...point is, Mr Stone reported them all. And two men entered the the whole report.

Reporters are not paid to jump to conclusions or give their personal opinions when reporting crimes. Nowhere in the report is any mention made of "drug crazed, party animals" read that into it yourself. Most of the interviewees were very supportive of the victim.

Unfortunately, in most cases of this sort -- only one person shot in one room leaving a 2nd unharmed in another -- is typical of either a targeted killing or a drug deal gone bad, most probably the latter. Especially since drugs of some sort were found on the premises.

September 10, 2010 at 10:14 p.m.
whatever said...

Mr Sone -- Any info as to why the police techie was photographing the roommate's hands??

Just a guess, but it could be documentation that his hands didn't show any signs of injury from punching somebody?

September 10, 2010 at 10:31 p.m.
miss_bossy said...

Susie your right. I agree with you. He was 21. He was a great guy and THATS a fact. Why would there not be cars lined down the road. If you saw the house in the picture you would realize the driveway wasnt much of a parking area. Ive never in all my times of being there, parked in their driveway. Everyone parks in the road. There was just no point in mentioning the "cars lined down the street" because no, they didnt say he was a drug crazed party boy, but come on now, it was semi-implied at the least. Theres nothing relevent whatsoever to putting that in the report of an innocent man being gunned down in his own home. Had it been left out, the article wouldnt have been so bad. Thats my only point. I understand they gave us the information that they could, but they also gave us information that was totally unneeded & possibly makes people who dont know him, read this article & jump to conclusions that were implied here.

Even had it been a drug deal gone bad, you dont leave assumptions like that on the front page of the newspaper when they have NO idea why it happened. In my opinion, the person could have been extremely intoxicated, & when he shot Chance, reality kind of set in, and they didnt want to kill another. It didnt have to be a drug deal gone bad nor a targeted killing. Im not saying it isnt either, cause it seems targeted, but theres also the chance that they just got scared & realized what they were doing, and got out before they got caught & killed another.

Another thing I'd like to say, "some sort of drugs" that they found, I can put money on it that it was not anything hardcore. If you went to Hixson High school or Soddy Daisy high school, you know how common some things are. & its not worth killing over.. thats all Im saying on that.

September 10, 2010 at 11:51 p.m.
Kayci_Orr said...

The title of the article is as follows "Hixson man killed in residential robbery" Why isn't that story covered? I don't know anything but two guys came in. As a reporter who wants to report efficiently one would look into the police report. In the police report there should be information on what was stolen and how the intruders entered the home. Where there any fingerprints or suspects? Those are more important details rather than details that were reported such as the cars lined up outside the house and the random fact that he "like dirt biking and cars." Like you said, this isn't an obituary.

Rolando, I don't know who you are trying to convince. When there are so many people finding this article offensive, obviously there is something very wrong. If this was a neutral story no one would be upset, as you can see this is not the case. There is no personal issue with the author of the article. Everyone knows writing an article on a death isn't easy. However after reading the article I felt as if he made the victim look like a deserving drug dealer. Like I said earlier, there was more mentioned about narcotics than the facts of what happened. Chance can't defend his honor, so we are called to protect his good name. I felt as if the article portrayed him as something that he is not. That is why people are so upset. I am not the only one and there are others who haven't responded. There is something called media ethics and as a journalist, ethics shouldn't be ignored. I believe that the author became lazy and forgot his duty to write a truthful story. This may be just another article to him but to those who knew him, it's a slap in the face.

September 10, 2010 at 11:54 p.m.
nick_nihiser said...

let me begin by saying this journalist is kinda a JERK OFF! He has no idea what went on in this house like the people who spent time there every day. i would get off of school, or work and it was normal and routine for me to just go to chances house even if no one was there. id just watch tv then leave. Chance is, was, my best friend and everyone loved him. he never had time for himself because he was always busy trying to make everyone else happy. he never hurt anyone and he wasn't a junky drugy party animal. this journalist wants to put a story together but he doesn't know s!@#, he knows nothing about chance and the truly amazing person he was. he touched more lives than this "journalist" could fathom. for you to speculate like you did in a poorly thought out attempt to make a news story is just wrong. My best friend, Chance Lecroy will be missed by more people than you have ever cared to know "Michal Stone". All of chances friends especially me, and a select other few (they know who they are) love Chance "spok, kweer, or w/e you knew him as" more than anything. R.I.P Chance....423 nukka M.V.M

September 11, 2010 at 1:49 a.m.
jenn_richards said...

Ok for one there was no reason for bringing up the cars the supposed parties or anything like that, did this reporter get all the facts? NO! did he ask chances friends anything nope didnt read about that so how does he know that the cars lined up were because chance partied he had friends he hung out he was a kid for gods sake. You know what i think is news what f*#k are the cops doing about it have they found anyone? and you mentioned them photographing tuckers hands but why? you had so many other options to go with and so many other leads to run with but you decided to just say he was a drug junkie party animal wow congrats to you for being the worst reporter of all times.

Also to rolando why do you sit here and defend this micheal stone soo much it makes me think that in fact since you feel so strongly that he did such a great job that you are micheal stone using some bs name trying to redeem yourself fyi you suck you deserve to be fired or go back to school period! Chance LECROY was a great guy so you can suck it chattanooga times

September 11, 2010 at 1:13 p.m.
Larry_Cross said...

I'm sorry this story isn't as riveting to you as fights that break out at Red Bank High School, you know, I know that someone getting shot and killed isn't something that piques your interest (AND THE INTEREST OF THE PUBLIC) as a journalist.

You have to realize, you cannot attempt to put your own theories in neutral journalism, you either have to be neutral or do some actual journalistic work in writing these stories. You note (and my god, what a brilliant investigator you are) that Chance liked "dirt biking and cars." You know what else Chance liked? Being alive, you prick. Instead of reporting matter-of-factly that there was a home robbery and a man was killed, you have to put all this useless extraneous information about how sometimes there were parties. My god, a popular guy in his early 20s is having parties in his own home? SURELY THIS WILL JUSTIFY AND EXPLAIN HIS HOME ROBBERY AND MURDER.

We care pretty strongly about each other in this community, and you writing half-assed stories about someone who meant a great deal to a lot of us isn't going to be received too well. It's a shame they didn't teach you any tact in whatever journalism program you supposedly graduated from.

But I'm not going to attack you anymore, Chance wouldn't have wanted it. He would have just laughed.

September 11, 2010 at 5:26 p.m.
jenn_richards said...

Ok wildman how would we find him when this supposed journalist did not even tell us the description of the ppl or the car. And no these are all ppl who loved and cared about chance something you obviously dont know about you low life creep. ppl like you need to fall off the face of the earth chance was a wonderful guy who deserves so much more then this. And yes when someone doesnt get the facts or anything right in his story then ppl wilol be mad and let him know so how about you keep your stupid ridiculous comments to yourself. Congrats on making ppl who are mourning and wanting to do something about but cant feel even worse you are a disgrace to the human race show some respect to these ppl and him. But you know what tho we will all laugh like chance would at you retarded ppl

September 11, 2010 at 6:46 p.m.
miss_bossy said...

Larry that was exactly what everyones trying to say, but it just doesnt seem to come out right or make sense to anyone. He was young, he was popular, he was a good guy, of course there were cars lined down his street. That was the place to be. Who wouldnt wanna hang out there. Screw them for trying to justify someone running up in HIS house & gunning him down in his own bed. There is no justification. I dont care if he called someone every name in the book & punched them in the face or something stupid, nothing will justify the fact that a life was taken. Chance was the victim here. The person with the gun in the house that WAS NOT HIS, was the bad guy. And heres my thing.. whatever they say they found in the house, doesnt make Chance deserving of being gunned down by someone who wanted that stuff. Think about it, it makes no sense. Whatever he had, okay. What is everyone trying to presume the robber was going after, an ice cold beverage? No.. money, or expensive items, or drug related items that were found. So some junkie with a gun gets to run up in someones house, take what they want, and take lives too? Yeah... I wanna see who thinks thats okay.

Wildman, Im sure you've got something better to do than keep up with the news about a guy you obviously knew nothing about, nor care about. I can tell you right now, that his friends wanna find the guy. & they ARE trying. But with the little information we got, theres not much to do but talk to other people to get leads. The police are only going to let certain information out. They dont exactly want any of Chance's friends to find the person before them for numerous reasons. Chance has an army right now. & they wont show the mercy that the police & pathetic judicial system will. So for the sake of this argument, you should be praying the police get to him first. All we can do is defend Chance's good name, we can go out & play investigator, so we keep in touch with everyone via facebook, keep up with the news & articles being posted, & show our support. Just as you would do if your friend was murdered.. that is, if you're a decent friend to anyone. Oh, & if you really think all these people are the same author, your an idiot. Period. Go to facebook & search up all these peoples names. Almost everyone who has posted has used their real first & last name, go find them & see what they have to say about their post. & like Jennifer said, the people posting here are in mourning. Way to be a cold hearted piece of s@*!. Go comment on the Red Bank fight or some other piece of useless news. This is a homicide case if you hadnt noticed.

Haha, & as Larry said, Chance would be laughing at you right now.

September 11, 2010 at 7:20 p.m.
Vigilante said...

Unfortunately, modern journalism is no longer about reporting facts it it is about one thing: MAKING MONEY. Trying to turn this horrible tragedy into a drug-related drama suitable for Law and Order is more likely to sell papers. Chattanooga journalists are the worst of any I have ever seen. I am so sorry to hear of this young man's death and my prayers will be with his family.

September 11, 2010 at 8:47 p.m.
wildchild101 said...

First off, I want to say that I think everyone attacking Mr. Stone really needs to go back to the fifth grade, because none of them have any basic understanding of grammar and punctuation rules. They also should learn how to spell. Ever heard of phonics?

Second off: CHANCE WAS A DRUG DEALER. I don't do drugs, but he offered to sell to me quite often. However, I've only ever known him to sell weed. Rumor has it that Chance was taking someone else's business, and perhaps that is the person who killed him. Like I said, that is rumor, but I heard it from someone who heard it from someone who heard it from Emily.

Those who are attacking the author of this article need to stop making Chance look like a perfect angel. Every time I've ever been around him, or Emily, they've either been drunk, high, or both. I'm going to go out on a limb and say half of the people who are opposed to reporting that drug paraphernalia was found within the house are most likely pot-heads themselves. The house was full of stoners. I went there once and couldn't breathe for all of the weed smoke.

I only hope that this is a wake-up call to poor Emily. I think that if someone does drugs, then those drugs will ultimately cause their death, one way or another. Emily smokes weed, and I worry about it killing her, too. On Thursday, I added one more reason to my list of why I don't do drugs. Should one even casually smoke a joint every now and then with friends, they put themselves in that crowd. That sinister, violent crowd.

I know that this post is going to make many of you angry. People who want to ignore the TRUTH are often angered by it. But I have spoken nothing but the truth, and added my OPINIONS everywhere else. So don't tell me that I am wrong, because opinions are just that: opinions. They cannot be WRONG. But I know that a great deal of you are going to disagree with my opinions, and tell me that my opinions are wrong, because they are not in line with your own.

So, may he who is without sin cast the first stone.

Addendum: Notice I did not say there is anything wrong with partying. I love to drink with my friends, as long as everyone is of age. But I think that drugs are just terrible. I think people ruin their lives with drugs.

September 12, 2010 at 1:01 a.m.
jenn_richards said...

OPk first off i would like to say something to you im not gonna say your wrong. But i will say you are the most ignorant sorry sob i have ever heard of. Chance was a son a friend and a bf, There is no need for you to sit here and slander his name. No one cares what you think about chance yes MAYBE he did drugs but he was still a good person. Why don't you and everyone else let these friends of his mourn in peace and quit bashing on him oh maybe get a gf or a job get a freaking dog if your that bored to post something about someone you obviously never had the time or chance to get to know.

And wildman yes some media has reported the suspects i do believe but the point is this one did not duh!!!!! thats why we are all mad people who know nothing of chance need to not post here with stupid remarks like you two have.

September 12, 2010 at 10:28 a.m.
nick_nihiser said...

wildman, SUCK MY D!@# YOU F@#$ HOLE PIECE OF C0nT SWALLOWING S#$%. the people who did this better hope that the hundreds of friends chance had dont find them. you dont worry about that a$$ hole, they will get theirs.

September 12, 2010 at 11:19 a.m.
gitmotivated said...

"a wake up call for poor Emily" HOW DARE YOU!!!!!! The nerve of people make me sick.

wild child, why are you coming on here to blast people over grammer and punctuation? do you honestly think anyone right now cares about phonics you heartless piece of $hit? you obviously werent around Chance or myself very often (but apparently we were always drunk/high when you did!!, so you must have been there right along with us at these so called 'rampant' parties)

the love of my life was taken from me on september 9, 2010. he was the most ambitious, creative, CARING, LOVING, HONEST, HARDWORKING person ive ever met or will ever know.

smoking weed and drinking beer doesnt make him a druggie fiend.

yea, your opinions are your opinions and nobody can change them..but they matter as much as a penny on the sidewalk.

i hope you can sleep at night. i havent slept since the night before when chance held me in his arms for the last time.

wildchild, you obviously have never lost someone as close as chance was to me, or everyone that cares for him. one day if you experience a tragedy such as this, you'll realize how it feels. your stomach, too, will turn and grind after reading posts like yours on a POORLY written article.

September 12, 2010 at 12:52 p.m.
jenn_richards said...

Dear wildchild101 you know what i would love is to know who you think you are exactly? was it even necessary to post something like that on here where Emily and chances family members have to look at your retarded comments. And also if you have the guts to say stuff like that then you should have the guts to post with your real name. But i suppose your right the ones who have their real first and last names the ones who are not hiding behind some stupid made up name are the immature ones. I just hope that when you die ppl show you the same respect you have shown chance zero!

September 12, 2010 at 3 p.m.
CrystalKM said...

I may have known Chance but I was never close to him. I never hung out with him and my car was never in the "line of cars" in front of his home. But it's obvious he affected the lives of many. No, this isn't an obituary, yes I understand this is an impersonal news report, but this article was transformed into an irrelevant, idiotic piece about some "guy that partied".

Show some respect, people! A man was murdered and all you can do is sign on and attack the people that are standing up for Chance's honor, the people that love him and are currently grieving? You disgust me. A very important person was senselessly lost and you get on here and complain about grammar? Show some decency.

The audacity of people amaze me. Don't attack the people that are taking up for Chance when you have absolutely no right to do so. Let them honor and defend their friend. Let them grieve.

To Chance's friends and family, my thoughts are with you. I look forward to seeing the monsters that did this caught.

September 12, 2010 at 10:16 p.m.
electioneer said...

wildchild, you should be a reporter with all those rumor spreading skills.

leave his involvement with drugs to the police to tell his friends and family, if that's even the case.

know your place in this world, you're not a reporter, you're not a cop. You're just a nosey piece of sh!t who has ZERO respect for grieving friends and family.

go look at yourself in the mirror, hang your head in shame, and tell yourself how pathetic your life is, if you have nothing better to do than spread rumors about a VERY recently deceased man who was obviously cared for very much by his friends and family.

I can't believe how shameless you are.

September 13, 2010 at 12:31 a.m.
englishthr said...

Wildchild, it is good to know that the English and grammar police are on the job. I actually taught English to both Chance and Emily as well as many others who have posted comments. There is a difference in knowing English rules and choosing when to use them. In an emotionally charged atmosphere, it is not of any importance to correctly apply all rules since it does not detract from the understanding of what is being said. Moreover, I believe it is insensitive at best in bringing up grammar and spelling rules when the life of a wonderful young man has been ended in a most tragic way. Teachers try never to show favorites, but teachers are human. Chance was one of my favorite students because of his character, not his proficient use of English and grammar rules. I have not seen Chance in several years, but basic character does not change; Chance did not possess a mean bone in his body. He did not possess the ability to take advantage of other people. Did he choose inappropriately sometimes? Yes! Do I choose inappropriately sometimes? Do you? However he chose to live at this particular time in his young life, he still, I believe, was a man of character. I am saddened that you have chosen to harm his family and friends with your conjectures and innuendos. It appears that your character is not up to the standards that Chance held himself to.

September 13, 2010 at 8:56 a.m.
scarlett_gamble said...

Chance was one of the best people i've EVER known. It's obvious that the people posting negative comments didn't actually know the real Chance.

He didn't deserve this at all and who ever did this to him disgusts me. He wasn't a bad kid as people portray him to be. He was the most caring, loving, and outgoing individual. He would give anyone the shirt off his back. Emily didn't deserve for him to be taken away from her so quickly. He was truly amazing.

September 13, 2010 at 12:17 p.m.
ashley_griff said...

Its saddening to even read most of these comments, as well as this article. A beautiful person was lost, a HUMAN LIFE was taken and we are concerned about poor grammar and exploiting him and his life? It does not matter what Chance's life decisions were, everyone does things that may or may not be proud of but to go down the list of the as if he deserved his life to be taken is simply unacceptable. It breaks my heart that even someone's death cannot break the negativity I see here. I knew Chance, and he did not have an evil bone in his body, he was a wonderful and truly inspiring soul with hundreds of people that loved him dearly. My prayers are with you everyday Emily, I can't imagine what you're going through, and I also can't imagine that articles and people like this are making it any easier.

September 13, 2010 at 5:09 p.m.
lacey_mozena said...

I'm sorry, Wildchild, but your username doesn't seem so fitting. Shouldn't you call yourself "Cold_hearted_bitch"? I mean, someone who is apparently "wild" shouldn't think that drinking some beer and smoking some weed is SUCH a sin. How dare you even try to put Chance and Emily in the wrong light. And oh, we didn't use the correct grammar or punctuation? Oh yeah, MAYBE BECAUSE THAT'S THE LAST THING ON OUR MINDS! Our friend was murdered! Do you not have a sympathetic bone in your body to understand that? At least we have the balls to use our real name and not hide behind a computer talking crap about something we know nothing about, which is obviously your case. If you ever even hung out with Emily and Chance, there is no way you would go on here talking like that. You don't deserve to have ever had someone like Chance in your life. I suggest you stay out of our "sinister crowd". We don't need low lives like you.

September 14, 2010 at 1 p.m.
cuzkat said...

Let me start off saying that I don't even live in Tennessee and don't know anyone involved except for dear Emily.

I have been almost universally disgusted by the local news coverage. It's been sensationalistic and capitalized on the suffering of others. Perhaps "WILDCHILD" should go into the trash business of modern journalism??

Wildchild, you obviously have ALOT of growing up to do. No decent person goes on a public forum with a fake name and slanders other people. In this case, you have attacked a young man whose life was viciously stolen from him and Emily who is suffering something beyond what most of us will EVER experience.

That is the fact. It doesn't matter one bit whether or not there is or isn't any truth to anything that you wrote. Your post is naive, judgmental and cruel and your "truth" is subjective. You clearly are quite the "know-it-all" and think very highly of yourself but, you should really reexamine that belief.

My advice to Emily and all who actually knew Chance? Don't read anymore of this sh!T. People are heartless and cruel and anonymous online trolls have no purpose in life but to judge and hurt others. Just ignore the "news" and the comments and just focus on your grief and healing.

September 16, 2010 at 9:58 a.m.
deedee said...

I don't live in the area. I have relatives who knew this young man. I was told about this senseless tragedy by them and decided to Google it. While reading the article I was thinking how poorly and spotty the article was written. The neighbor comments should have been completely left out at this point. There is plenty of time for those insignificant details later when the reality of this situation has sunk in to those who knew and loved him. The facts should come first. If they are not know at the time, there is no harm in waiting a day or so. Allow the family to put him to rest with respect. He obviously wasn't convicted of anything prior to his death or I'm sure it would have been reported. I was touched by the teacher comment. That says a lot about this young man in my opinion. As far as "wildchild101" perhaps you need to rejoin the rest of the pack in the fifth grade. That's about when you start learning about the dangers of drugs. The first thing taught is that ALCOHOL is a DRUG...a very dangerous and addictive one. Who the hell are you to judge? Just because it is legal doesn't make it safe if used in excess or by the wrong people. Perhaps your judgment has been permanently flawed by your alcohol consumption, or maybe you are just too stupid to know any better. It never ceases to amaze me how heartless and insensitive people can be. And you have the nerve to call his friends"sinister". What exactly did you accomplish by posting this comment? People like you are what is wrong with our youth. Did anyone ever teach you anything about compassion? This newspaper seriously needs to filter the comments. Makes them look real bad. Sorry to the folks of Chattanooga, you deserve better journalism. My heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of this young man.

September 16, 2010 at 11:53 p.m.
Rebe11ion said...

So his habits outside of his death have to be mentioned? In any of these articles? Sounds like slander to me. Chance was an excellent person. Enough said.

So as far as drug use goes Mr. Stone, what drugs were found there? Most of these allegations here say its Marijuana. So lets just say it is. Smoking pot does not make you a bad person. Hell, dealing in pot doesn't even get you killed. Pot is not like addictive drugs that get dealt on the streets where people would kill to have them.

Furthermore to wildchild who claims that pot will kill you or that it will in time kill Emily. Your a fool. If you could back that up and not get torn apart in a debate by me I would be rather impressed. Another thing to note.... if you had done your homework you would know that marijuana is possibly the most peaceful "drug" on the planet. You deem said "stoners" to be a violent crowd? Twice your a fool.

I would prefer an individual smoke pot, and smoke it often, rather than drown themselves in alcohol, or worse develop addictions to it or prescription drugs.

So whats the big deal Mr. Stone? What exactly are you getting at? Remember the slander remark I made? You can be sued for that. In all honesty I hope you do.

To the fool who backed up the reporter Mr. Stone, Rolando, I pity you. A drug deal gone bad? What is your definition of a drug deal? Two people meet one guy who lives with two other people (whom were apparently asleep at the time) to do a drug deal and they consider killing him beforehand? How much sense does that make? Really? Wouldn't you think that the other roommates would be in on it too? Oh wait a second. That would make too much sense. If that were the case then dear Chance would not have been the only casualty. Have you ever considered that the two men were snooping around in there and Chance was the unlucky one to notice them in his room? Or wherever they were for that matter? There are more than two sides to this coin.

I don't believe that these two men knew Chance. If they did... there is no way that they could have pulled the trigger. He was always smiling. Always joking around and having a good time. Never hurt anyone. R.I.P Chance you will be missed.

September 17, 2010 at 1:36 a.m.
finallyfacts said...

fianlly! the police have found some info They say that the roommate Had gun powder on his hands, this is very interesting. also chance had manyroxycodone pills according to a newspaper article, that is the motive. Michael also confirmed right??

April 13, 2011 at 5:36 p.m.
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