Memphis Mother Awaits Justice For Son’s Death

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(Memphis) It’s been almost seven months since Vickie Burse's son, Barry, was shot and killed in Memphis, and she wants to make sure that her son’s story isn’t forgotten.

“I spent my holiday at the cemetery, both at Thanksgiving and on Christmas at the cemetery, changing the flowers and putting balloons out there,” said Burse.

Barry was shot and killed July 1st in the 2500 block of Hawkins Mill Road.

Police arrested Bandrecius Farmer and charged him with second-degree murder.

But a few months after his arrest, a judge reduced his bond from $300,000 to $100,000.

“What she said when she lowered it, was, ‘I don’t think he’s going to be able to make it anyway.’  Well guess what, he did make it and he’s home,” said Burse.

“This guy was able to spend the holiday’s home with his family, whereas my family, we were devastated. I can’t sleep, I can’t eat, it’s hard to get out of the bed in the morning,” said Burse.

Farmer is due in court in January. His trial isn’t expected until the summer.


  • David

    How do you reduce the bond of a punk coward who pulls out a gun and kills an unarmed man at point blank range? I don’t see how farmer can sleep at night. I don’t see how the Judge will be able to sleep at night, if this thug shoots, kill or commit another crime.

  • 1midtownmike

    Let this be a wakeup call to the black communities of Memphis… on black crime is a reality in this city and it cannot be blamed on a tax base that was forced out of Memphis thanks to King Willie and Harold Ford Sr.

    It was time to make Memphis a black city and a black city it has become.

    By the way, where’s Taterhead and Harry when you need them?

  • Tavia

    What would you do if you where in her shoes and your child got killed and you have no answers to why he killed him. What cause this? Why is he out when he could hurt someone else? The justice system just want money, and to keep this going they lowered the bond of this young man who should have been doing something better with his life then to have a gun to kill someone who apparently wasn’t trying to hurt him nor harm him. The parents of today’s kids need to wake up and train there child in the way they should want them to go, this world is crazy!!

  • Joe Censored

    This young man comes from a good, stand up family.

    Barry Sr and the Burse family, so sorry for your loss. Hoping you get the justice you so deserve.

    The joke called the Memphis justice system drops the ball again…

  • Deja Brew

    Hey it’s Memphis! They love murderers. They release murderers on a daily basis. This is nothing new anymore. They don’t care.

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