While Skeen lost his life to gun violence another elderly Ladyville resident died from what some may call neglect. Last Friday we reported on the case of an elderly man whose neighbors were advocating for something to be done about his deplorable living conditions. Our newsroom found out that later that Friday the octogenarian had been rushed to the hospital and ultimately passed away the following morning. Reporter Vejea Alvarez gives us an update on that story.
Vejea Alvarez, Love News: This was Octogenarian Denton Fairweather struggling to sit up as one of his neighbors fed him a meal after he allegedly didn’t eat for almost a day. His concerned neighbor Doreth Gibson says that last Friday they were inside when they heard the elderly man calling for help.
Doreth Gibson, Neighbor of Deceased: “Last Friday my sister heard Mr.Fairweather scream out and she went by the fence and she hailed Mr.Fairweather. But then this person who used to go there was taking care of Mr.Fairweather he came and he answered and said ‘Well Mami I’m trying to make him sit down to give him something to eat.’ but that’s all he said. But then my brother in-law passed away that same morning so while we were waiting for the undertaker to come and take our body we saw the ambulance came next door and took away Mr.Fairweather. Well after that Mr.Fairweather’s sister’s brother called the next morning and said that his brother passed away.”
Vejea Alvarez, Love News: Gibson says that despite Fairweather being only their neighbor his death hurts them because they sought so desperately to get him the help he needed.
Doreth Gibson, Neighbor of Deceased: “It was so sad because we reached out to see if we could have gotten help for Mr.Fairweather because it was a devastating situation. And when that happened it hurt so much because we didn’t get the help in time. I feel like if they came – because we went and we were reaching out for days, if they had come maybe two days before I think Mr.Fairweather wouldn’t have passed away. He could have gotten some help.”
Vejea Alvarez, Love News: Gibson added that the elderly man was an easy going person who often complained of the abuse he endured from people around him.
Doreth Gibson, Neighbor of Deceased: “He was a cool person. He had his age but then like all the time he doesn’t have the correct people around him to give him the help he needs because at his age and he’s diabetic and hypertensive he needed the correct treatment, food, doctor visits to time, but he was cool and if he would offend you at any time my sister says Mr.Fairweather apologized. He’d say “I’m sorry but sometimes you know I am not that person but you know sometimes I feel so frustrated because they steal my money. Sometimes I don’t even have to eat.”
Vejea Alvarez, Love News: All in all Gibson encourages everyone to take care and value the elderly.
Doreth Gibson, Neighbor of Deceased: “I would advise anybody that have their elderly to always check up. If you’re not around just try reach out to somebody because somebody out there is good you know, it’s not everybody that’s bad and a lot of people have heart. So just don’t give up on your elderly because everybody has their problems but if we don’t have our elderly don’t forget just reach out doesn’t matter in what way, doesn’t matter who because you can’t judge anybody but don’t forget. Because today it’s Mr.Fairweather you don’t know how many people are suffering this way.”
Vejea Alvarez, Love News: Perhaps this is a teachable moment for all of us, about how sometimes we forget those who’ve paved the way for us today. After all as one US Senator said “Those who walked before us have given us so much and made possible the life we all enjoy.”