Tuesday, October 23, 2012

"Benji" The True Story of A Dream Cut Short

Tuesday, October  23, at 7:00 pm (CST),  ESPN will air the documentary "Benji" The True Story Of A  Dream Cut Short. 
On 20 November 1984, Benjamin "Benji" Wilson was the #1 high school basketball player in the nation. 
Ben attended Simeon Vocational H. S. in Chicago. His team was one day away from the first game 
of the season, prepared to defend their State Basketball Championship. It was anticipated they would 
become the first back-to-back champions from Chicago. When that game was played the following day, 
Ben Wilson was dead, gunned down  less than a block from the school. Read below and learn 
how mean the streets can be and how the slightest perceived disrespect can end and change lives 
in an instant. 

Ben Wilson was murdered in 1984, nothing has changed during that time.
Kirkland Burke
 “Benji” The True Story of a Dream Cut Short – 30 for 30 ESPN Documentary – Official Trailer
Nov. 21, 2011  - Ben “Benji” Wilson on CBS Chicago- 27 Years Later, Pain Lingers From Ben Wilson’s Death
R. Kelly talks about his memories of Ben “Benji” Wilson's Funeral
Ben “Benji” Wilson – Nike Commercial 1997 – NBA Playoffs
Basketball Star’s Slaying Described By Girlfriend – Oct 9, 1985 – Chicago Tribune
In her testimony, Wilson`s girlfriend, Jetun Rush, described the moments after Wilson was shot to the Criminal Court jury. ``Benji had his arm around me and he said: `I got shot. They shot me,` `` she said. 
In the prosecution`s opening argument, Assistant State`s Atty. Kenneth Malatesta told the jury about Wilson`s good character and his rapid rise to stardom through basketball.
``Life was good for Benjamin Wilson in November of 1984,`` Malatesta said. He said Wilson was ``a self-starter. A young man who had goals . . . who had become a star at a young age.
``Nov. 20 was a cool and sunny day in our city,`` he said. ``It started out routinely for Ben Wilson. . . . But it was to be the last walk of his life.``
Wilson and Rush left Simeon Vocational High School, where they were students, and walked up Vincennes Avenue toward a group of young men, Rush testified. As they went around the group, Wilson bumped into one of the youths, she said. That youth was William Moore, 17, of 8522 S. Bishop St., who is on trial with Omar Dixon, 16, of 8000 S. Bishop.
Wilson said, ``Excuse me,`` Rush said. She said Moore responded, ``What`d you say, man?`` Wilson repeated it, and Dixon approached Wilson and ``asked him did he have any money . . . and he started going into Benji`s pockets,``  Rush testified. Wilson pushed him away, she said. Dixon said, ``Let`s shoot this punk,`` and Moore pulled out a gun and fired twice, Rush said.
Defense lawyers argued that things happened differently.  Public defender Rita Fry, one of Dixon`s lawyers, told the jury that Dixon played no part in the shooting and never told Moore ``to shoot Ben Wilson. He never went in his pockets.``One of Moore`s attorneys, Isaiah Gant, told the jury that Moore admits he shot Wilson.
But he said Moore fired the shots in self-defense after he was confronted and threatened by ``what he believed to be the tallest man in the world . . . 6-foot-7, 239-pound Ben Wilson.

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