Memorial Honors Two Convicted Felons Killed While Attempting to Commit an Armed Robbery at a Charlotte, NC Pizza Hut

October 3, 2010 by ten8 (www.ten8.wordpress.com)

By Brian K. Lutes; contactscp@yahoo.com

Both Men, 21, Were Convicted Felons; 1 Was On Probation While the Other Was Waiting to Stand Trial on Unrelated Charges at the Time of Their Deaths.

According to the Charlotte Observer Newspaper of Saturday October 2, 2010, more than 100 people gathered together on Friday, October 1 in Northeast Charlotte at a memorial for two men who were shot and killed while they were trying to rob a Pizza Hut restaurant.

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April Guthrie, mother Dauntrae Wallace, and Wallace’s son, Dauntrae Jr., hold a candle in his memory at a memorial in northeast Charlotte on Friday. Photo by Cleve R. Wootson Jr. of the Charlotte Observer

 Many of the people gathered said they had mixed emotions – mourning the loss of two young men while realizing it was their own actions that caused them to be killed.

 The two men – Gregory James Hardy and Dauntrae Wallacewere both 21-year-old felons, one was on probation and the other was awaiting trial on unrelated charges.

 But family members and friends tried to portray them as more Saturday night – as brothers, sons and aspiring musicians. And they used the memorial to encourage those walking similar paths to make a change. Family members declined to speak directly to the Observer.

 “We definitely don’t condone their actions, but at the same time, we love them.” said Shawntel Gaddy, 28, a childhood friend who helped organize the memorial. “We love them in spite of their choices.”

 According to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Dept.,  Hardy, Wallace and another man tried to rob the restaurant at East Independence Boulevard and Idlewild Road on Monday, September 27, 2010 at around 11:15 PM.

 They were shot by a pizza delivery driver. The driver couldn’t be reached for comment Saturday, but he told the Observer last week that he had worked as a Jail Detention Officer and a Sheriff’s Deputy for about six years, until 2004. He asked that his name not be used out of fear for his and his family’s safety.

According to the Delivery Driver this is what happened the night of the attempted robbery:

 ”Three men walked in and at least two of them were pointing guns. The first one told me: ‘I mean business’.” 

One of them repeatedly pistol-whipped  me and ordered me into the bathroom. They were going to wait for our manager to return and force him to open the safe.”

 “Every time I hesitated, he hit me. I have so many bumps & bruises. I gave them my $42 in tips for the night and a gold chain with a Jesus medallion that I’ve worn for almost 40 years.”

One of them started to lift my shirt and I realized they were about to see the gun I was carrying, and I thought, he’s gonna kill me, they’re gonna get what they want, and still kill me.”

 “I pulled my gun. I shot him three times, and he fell.”

The second suspect started to rush into the cooler, and I shot him too.

Police say the third robber ran away and is still on the loose.

 Police ask anyone with information about the incident to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

Perhaps These Thugs Would Still Be Alive If They Were in Jail Where They Should Have Been.

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