His name was “Buck”. Rodney “Buck” Young. Rodney was 18 years old. He was a football player at his high school. This would have been his last year of school, but he was a few credits short so he didn’t graduate. He told his coach that after he finished school he was considering joining the military. Without any elaboration, the coach said it was known that Buck didn’t have an “ideal” homelife. But despite that friends have said he was always smiling and kind.
Monday night at home with his mother and stepfather an argument began. Reports indicate that his stepfather was beating on his mother with a shower curtain rod. Buck tried to stop it. He confronted his stepfather Kevin Jerome Williams, 40, then after arguing he left the home.
Police say when Buck returned a short time later, Williams was waiting for him with a shotgun. Williams fired and the shot hit Buck in the thigh. A friend who was with Buck helped him to his car and they went to the friend’s home to call police.
The friend and his mother tried to control the bleeding. An ambulance arrived and took Buck to the hospital. But a short time later he was dead.
Police went to William’s home about 11:15 PM but he had fled. Police made contact with him and he agreed to turn himself in.
Kevin Jerome Williams was charged with murder for the shooting. He has also been charged with criminal domestic violence and possession of a firearm during a violent crime. He will have a bond hearing next week.
Rodney “Buck” Young is scheduled for an autopsy.
I have not seen any information about the condition of his mother.
She was his mother. He didn’t want to see her hurt.
What struck me the most about this besides the fact that no child wants to see their parent harmed and the bravery he showed by confronting an older authority figure, was the fact that after arguing with his stepfather- he left the house. Now I don’t know why he went outside. But I do know that during periods of anger, leaving the vicinity of the other and giving yourself time to cool is often recommended as a way to help a person to keep control of themselves. Now I don’t know if that is why he left the home. But he did walk away. At 18 years old, an age known for it’s impetuousness, he showed more control over himself and his temper than a 40 year old man.