Sunday, December 16, 2012
Edmund Perry, June 12, 1985
Edmund Perry had been accepted into Brown University and had successfully navigated the Harlem hard streets, looking forward to graduating from Phillips Exeter Academy. He had participated in the A Better Chance program that helped disadvantaged low income youth attend college prep academies. Unfortunately, Perry lost his life when he got into a struggle with a plain clothes police officer named Lee Van Houten and was shot to death on June 12, 1985. His death was ruled justifiable after 24 witnesses backed up Van Houten's version of events in which he was confronted.