By Clellie Allen
FRANKLINTON — More than 100 family, friends and residents came together on Church Street Saturday afternoon to remember David Lee Wilkins and also to encourage one another to protect the younger generation.
Wilkins, who lived at 45 Happy Valley Trail, was found lying in the yard of a home on Church Street the evening of May 14. He was pronounced dead at the scene. An initial arrest has been made in the case.
Saturday, friends of the family handed out white memorial balloons to family members and blue ones to friends.
One of David’s aunts, Susie Johnston, a minister in Louisburg, implored folks to turn to God.
“Even though everything is going on, God is still in
control,” she said. “I want y’all to hear me good, young people.
“Sometimes, God has to use a situation like this to get your mind. To let you know what’s going on.
“And it’s not about you guys, it’s about God getting the glory out of this situation.
“David’s soul is going on, but y’all got to get yourselves together. God is trying to tell y’all something.”
After some words by family, Franklinton police officers, including Chief John Green, and attendees walked to the end of the road and released the balloons.
Green then spoke up drawing attention to the fact
that the balloons were blown by the breeze over the projects.
“Notice where the balloons are going,” Green said. “I think God is trying to tell us something.”