Little Rock resident Willie Noble, 48, faces a slew of charges, including first degree murder, one count of a terroristic act and five counts of aggravated assault.
At approximately 1 a.m., a group of seven teenagers reportedly threw eggs, mayonnaise, toilet paper and leaves at Noble's car.
An irate Noble is accused of storming out of his house in a fit of rage and firing shots. According to Police the teenagers fled the scene in a car after the suspect riddled the vehicle with bullets and shot Adrian Broadway in the head.
The teens were able to escape and made it to a gas station where authorities were called. Broadway was taken to Children's Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
According to her Facebook page, Broadway enjoyed the Hunger Games book series, and was a member of her school's cheer team.
Whenever a child dies it is a tragedy of epic proportions. Simply because another young life lost represents more potential that will never be realized. With that being said, we must keep our children safe by teaching them how to keep themselves safe. The fact of the matter is that we are all one bad decision away from disaster. The difference is, most children lack the ability to think, reason, or understand on an adult level. So we must teach them how to be cognoscente, and reasonable.
This goes far beyond being on the look out for dark windowed "child abduction vans", and staying away from stranger's. We must make a concentrated effort to raise a nation of thinkers. Children who are able to recognize and understand the price that can come with provocation. Children who recognize and understand that depending on the mistake, or the reaction to it, there may be no tomorrow. Then maybe they can avoid the "Willie Noble's" of the world.
However, there is an ever growing segment of scribes, and "leader's" who seem to support and condone teenage foolishness simply by defending their right to be foolish. A "right" that has cost many a child their lives. But there is rarely any discussion about the consequences that are often a result of this kind of mischievousness.
No, I don't blame this cute, young cheerleader for her murder. But if just one of the teens in that car thought about the possible ramifications of their actions, maybe Adrian Broadway would still be alive. Prevention is always better than a knee jerk reaction, or a misguidied defense after the fact.