• Vigil held to remember corrections officer

    By: Catherine Bilkey


    CHARLOTTE - Police are looking for a man they believe gunned down a corrections officer. Raphael White is still on the loose. Saturday night, the victim’s family held a vigil off Independence Boulevard to remember Bias Easley. 

    “He was just an easy guy, had love for people,” Doris Easley said. “He learned that from his father and me.”

    The family is staying strong for Easley's children: a 1-year-old girl and a 2-year-old boy.

    “We want justice for our son,” Joseph Easley said. “Other than that, we just want to show love.”

    Easley was gunned down on June 5 at his home on Farmhurst Drive. He had been a guard at Lanesboro prison. Police say there is no evidence tying Easley’s killer to the prison. They say it may have to do with a confrontation at a nearby convenience store.

    "It's just sad,” Doris said. “All of this crime and these guns, it's kids killing kids for no reason.”

    The victims’ family is asking for an end to the violence. They don't want any other family to go through what they've been through.

    “You see it in the news every day, and your heart goes out to the family but when it touches you, I don't want anybody to feel that pain,” Doris said.

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