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Victims of Recklessness

UNCW most certainly deserves to pay for the their part in this travesty. The Strickland family shouldn't be the only ones filing a civil suit though. Peyton Stricklands room-mate Michael Rhoton should be filing charges also, and a separate but similar suit should go to the Sheriffs Department from him as well. Although he had nothing to do with the crime Strickland was accused of, Rhoton's life was equally endangered by Long's reckless act of shooting through the front door of the home. Rhoton was in the same room in which Strickland was shot, and it's known that more than 2 rounds were fired through the door. Those rounds would have entered the room these two young men occupied after coming through the door, so Rhoton could have just as easily been killed as was Strickland. Why the DA never presented a charge of Reckless Endangerment against Long to either Grand Jury is beyond me, because that's exactly the crime that this manner of shooting represents. Rhoton has become a footnote in an event that could have just as easily ended his life. Just imagine if he had been sitting closest to the door that night, and he had gotten up to answer it.

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