Uncle of Fatal Stabbing Suspect Writes Letter to the Editor Urging Community Re-examine Public Statements Made in the Case
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My name is Jay Zoellner and I am the uncle of Kyle Zoellner. I am writing this letter to be shared to the Community of Arcata and local news agencies as I am in disbelief of what I have seen take place over this past week regarding the tragic death of Josiah Lawson.
The purpose of this letter is to challenge the public statements that have been presented to the public by the news community that has clearly turned a blind eye to the possibility that Kyle did not commit this crime.
The police must address the following contradictions that are found in these public statements made over the last week that have publicly convicted Kyle of this terrible crime.
Monday April 17th
Mother of victim: “They told me the suspect might be released because even though they have 13 eyewitnesses, no one saw the suspect with the knife,” Michelle-Charmaine Lawson said of the suspect who was arrested in the fatal stabbing of her son, David Josiah Lawson, of Arcata. (None of the eye witnesses saw Kyle with a knife. These were the key eye witnesses as these were the people the police identified at the scene and brought in immediately, yet not one person saw Kyle with a knife.)
Monday April 17th
Elijah (friend of Josiah) “There was an altercation between some white women and a white boy that were accusing Josiah based off the color of his skin on stealing a phone,” Chandler said. “And they got into an altercation at which time they pepper sprayed him and proceeded to stab Josiah.” (Was this the 1st altercation or the 2nd altercation?)
Monday April 17th
Chandler ( Elijah), an HSU student, said another member of Brothers United, which is a community-based cultural club intended to unite men of color at HSU, disarmed the man and he ran to Lawson’s side under a tree. (There were no eye witnesses yet he says another “member” disarmed Kyle)
Wednesday April 18th
Elijah states “Chandler grabbed Lawson and began to “give him some breath,” administering CPR, he said. At some point he noticed that his face and lips were burning. “Come to find out they had maced him prior [to the stabbing],” Chandler said. “He couldn’t even see before it happened.” (Where was Elijah maced and by whom? He said he saw Josiah being sprayed so one would assume he is close to Kyle and Josiah? Yet he stated that he ran over to Josiah where “he was in the bushes under a tree”. Was Josiah stabbed somewhere else, away from Kyle and Elijah?)
The Community of Arcata must start asking questions as nothing makes sense at this time. This investigation must immediately be restarted with an intense focus on every single component of the actual facts that took place the morning of the stabbing. This must be done for both the families of Josiah and Kyle.
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