Julian “Was Our Balm and Our Rock”

31 May

Today, hundreds of mourners turned out to pay respect to Julian Dawkins, an employee of the award winning PBS Newshour, who was murdered by Arlington Sheriff’s Deputy Patterson.

Among those who spoke was Gwen Ifel of the PBS Newshour.   Her words began:

My name is Gwen Ifill. I’m honored today to represent my colleagues at the PBS NewsHour.
Julian was family to you. He was to us, as well.
I wish I could capture for you the outpouring of emotion that greeted the news of his passing. There were tears, yes. But there was also regret, and anger and fond memory.
I think it’s accurate to say it would have shocked even Julian what an impression his gentle presence left in our lives. One NewsHour Alum called him a “balm and a rock” for us.

and concluded:

Everyone remembers that smile. “Julian was definitely the sunshine on a cloudy day,” another colleague said.
And this: “Julian knew what was important — family. Even with a heavy load on his shoulders, he was an optimist and looked out for those close to him, especially his brother. Sounds like we all agree that we would do anything for one more day and one more smile from Julian.”
To the family: you should know that — just like you — his NewsHour family will not rest until we get the answers to the questions we all still have.
And even when we do, we will continue to grieve with you, pray for you, and consider you our family, too.
He was our balm and our rock.

The Arlington Parents News shares that grief, our hearts are with the family.   We hope this tragedy results in reforms in the Arlington County Sheriff’s department that gets rid of its  violent “goon”-style culture…one that has severely hurt and even killed many, now Julian Dawkins and even children like 13 year old Ashlie Mae O’Brien.

Read more: PBS Newshour Honors Julian Dawkins