My husband was busy during the riots replacing store windows that were busted out, it's a wonder he didn't get killed. Mr. Joye, of Joye's Grocery on Castle street, was shot and killed just after Mr. Joye closed his store for the evening. He and his wife lived next door to the store and he died in their front yard. Mr. Cumber rented apt's. downtown and during the riots he was called by a tenant or a tenant's friend to let Mr. Cumber know the furnace wasn't working. Mr. Cumber went to that apt. and was gunned down. I lived on Wooster street just when tension was building, and happened to look out my front door and saw three young blacks with boards going for my elderly neighbor,she had her back turned and didn't see them until I yelled, the young blacks started running as I chased them away. I don't know if anyone was convicted of killing Mr. Joye or Mr. Cumber, but it seems to me if Ben Chavis and the rest of the Wilmington 10 had not instigated the riots, them Mrs. Joye and Mrs. Cumber would not have had to bury their husbands.
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