published Saturday, October 8th, 2011

Man's death becomes Chattanooga's 23rd homicide of 2011

1644 Greenwood Road
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The roads leading to 1644 Greenwood Road were draped with yards of yellow tape. Bullets and casings littered the block as Chattanooga police investigators combed streets, yards and bushes surrounding the crime scene.

A little after 11 a.m. Friday, an EMS crew emerged from the small house, wheeling out a stretcher holding the body of 37-year-old Reginald Clark — Chattanooga’s 23rd homicide of 2011.

That’s nearly double the dozen homicides the city had at this time last year.

Police say Clark got in a fight with several men while he was at the 807 Fire and Ice club. Eventually Clark went to his home with friends, but around 3 a.m. several of the men from the fight burst into the home, shooting and killing Clark, police said.

No one else was injured, but officers at the scene said a firefight likely broke out as the suspects fled.

Candas Hensley was driving to visit Clark on Friday morning when she was forced to stop her car because of all the police tape.

“And I just thought, ‘Oh my God, that’s Reggie’s house, isn’t it? Please tell me it’s not Reggie,’” Hensley said.

Hensley said Clark was a good friend and the father of several children.

“He’d fix your car and he wouldn’t charge you. He’d give you the shirt off his back,” she said through tears.

At least 12 of this year’s shooting victims have been slain in East Chattanooga, according to newspaper archives.

“All these people dying for no reason, dying for such stupid stuff,” said Hensley’s friend, Amber Simpson, as she looked at the crime scene down the hill from her car. “Not getting to live out their lives because of some stupid fight.”

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LibDem said...

What does it say to the young men of the community when Ms. Hensley portrays a thug as some sort of hero? "...the father of several children..."? No clue about the number, huh?

October 8, 2011 at 10:30 a.m.
msclark2u said...

In response to LibDem. Thanks for showing the level of ignorance you possess. In a time like this, that is exactly what his family and 3 children need right??? Please if the only thing you have to say about this tragic event is negative, please keep your comments to yourself. It will be greatly appreciated.

October 8, 2011 at 7:12 p.m.
LibDem said...

msclark2u, I'm sorry you were unable to answer the question. The answer is that possession of guns, drugs, cash and children does not make you a real man.

October 9, 2011 at 11:21 a.m.
Hensleycandas88 said...

I've tried contacting the paper these comments posted aren't true an never came from me this is really defecting on me an I'm not happy about this someone needs to contact me ASAP

October 9, 2011 at 10:14 p.m.
hiscuz said...

LibDem, neither does being an insensitve jerk! You did not know him so you have no right to judge what he meant to his family or friends. He was their son, their brother, their father and much more dispite what he may or may not have done with his life. no, I do not condon that type of lifestyle, I just dont see the point in berating someone who is gone. Besides from what I know, as I am an in-law, Reggie was nothing like what they are portraying him in the media. To his children and family he was funny, loving, and a hero. So in the future LibDem remember that while Mr. Clark will never see your blog his mother, his children, and the rest of his grieving family can. I'm sure you dont have enough intelligence to understand how you are adding more grief with useless comments, so lets just leave it at you have a right to freedom of speech, but you also have a right to freedom of sensitivity.

October 10, 2011 at 6:56 p.m.
She said...

Wow.. The News Say Wat Ever they Want Huh...

October 24, 2011 at 8:30 p.m.
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