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Home  |  News  |  As city considers emergency curfew, Five Points beating victim speaks

As city considers emergency curfew, Five Points beating victim speaks
Tuesday, June 28, 2011


COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Columbia City Council is considering enacting an emergency curfew in the wake of the beating of an 18-year-old man last week in Five Points. Meanwhile, the teenage victim of the brutal attack is speaking out for the first time.

19-year-old Thyeem Henrey and seven juveniles are being held in the June 20 beating of Carter Strange. Police say he was jogging home just after midnight when the suspects approached him and beat him up. According to family members, Strange had to have emergency brain surgery.

Strange was released from the hospital on Sunday, and has already ventured back to Five Points to get coffee with his mother. He says he tries not to think about what happened to him, and he's not even mad at the people attacked him.

However, Strange said he does have one question. "I might ask them why they did it, but I don't even know if they have a reason behind doing it," said Strange.

"I never expected this story to get this ridiculously big," Strange said. "I never expected it to spread this far. On top of that, it's really opened my eyes and helped me realize what's really important."

Carter says he recently talked to the man who found him and called 911. "I told him how much I appreciate what he did, because otherwise I wouldn't be here right now," said Carter.

"Sitting here listening to what he just said, all the anger goes away," said Vicki Strange. "I'm proud of him"

"The main thing now that I'm okay, I don't want this to happen to anyone else," said Carter.

Council members will talk about security within the city's hospitality districts and an emergency curfew ordinance for teens under the age of 18 during their work session Tuesday morning at city hall. The items were added Monday to the regularly scheduled work session agenda.

"If the child does not have an ID, we have a duty to ensure their safety so if we believe that they are underage, we're still going to have to look into that and investigate and see exactly how old the child is," said Police Chief Randy Scott. "Is it easy? Absolutely not. I don't think any part of enforcement is easy. Again like I said earlier, I think the curfew would be an additional tool for law enforcement to use to ensure and improve safety."

Carter doesn't have medical insurance, so his family has set up an account. You can go to any Wachovia and Wells Fargo bank and donate money.

Source: http://www.wistv.com/Global/story.asp?S=14983152

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