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Petition to District Attorneys Ashley Welch and Greg Newman, Jackson Co. Sheriff Chip Hall, Sheriff David Mahoney

Investigate My Son's Suspicious Death

 In 2012 my son Hank Few disappeared under suspicious circumstances. From the beginning, we received no help or interest from the local authorities, who even called off the search for him. As a result I had to search the woods myself and I found his body, in a condition that clearly indicated foul play. Since then, we have been through a nightmare of disinformation and disinterest from local and state authorities. His death was pronounced an accidental overdose, despite conflicting results from the medical examiner. My family has contacted the Attorney General, the State Bureau of Investigation, the Governor and the DA and gotten nothing but silence, form letters and insults in return. The past four years have been a journey of discovery about the brokenness of our judicial system in North Carolina. According to the Charlotte Observer, our medical examiner system is one of the worst in the country, relying on phoned-in reports from untrained physicians, and with many breaks in the chain of evidence. This was certainly true in Hank's case, and because of my continuing to press for answers, many people in the area have come to me with similar stories of relatives or friends who died suspicious deaths but were pronounced suicides or accidents. The mountainous area surrounding the resort towns of Brevard, Sapphire and Cashiers is a playground for the ultrarich, and local governments have a vested interest in making sure crime statistics remain low. The truth on the ground is quite different. In my work with the local soup kitchen I see families priced out of their ancestral homes by high land values, joblessness, poor educational resources, and rampant drug addiction, particularly to meth. Young people like my son who run afoul of the law -- and he did have his problems, but he was very young and there was still hope for him -- are a very low priority for law enforcement. I have learned that we are not alone in seeking legal redress for a relative who was almost certainly murdered. A look at local crime statistics poses some interesting questions: while this part of NC has seen a boom in population, murder rates have fallen by as much as 20% (for the 20 - 25 age cohort, Hank's age group). Meanwhile the NC rate of "unintentional overdose" death has skyrocketed by 106%. It is easy for law enforcement to pass off the death of a young person without wealthy family connections as "just another druggie:" it's less work for them and keeps their community's crime profile pristine for the real estate trade. As a result of a civil lawsuit I came into possession of a 911 recording of someone reporting that his child had witnessed the killing of Hank Few. This piece of evidence, coupled with confessions made to me personally by members of the perpetrators' families, place the commission of the crime in Jackson County. However, no one in the Sheriff's department or DA's office will talk to me, answer an email, or return a phone call. This is the challenge of this petition: Meet with me, review the case materials I have amassed over the past four years. To call this case closed is a grave miscarriage of justice. I will continue to fight to be heard, if only because I do not want my grandchildren to think a parent left them via suicide or carelessness. If, as a result, other families will come forward and seek justice, that will be a wider social benefit. Poor Appalachian people mistrust the law, and for good reason, I now realize. This would be a step toward showing that law enforcement is not just for the folks in the gated golf course communities.  

Donna Few
1,026 supporters
Started 2 months ago


Freedom To Kacmaz Family

Abduction of the Kacmaz Family I am writing this in order to bring the unlawful abduction of a Turkish family into your notice. They were under UNHCR`s protection, in Lahore, Pakistan. Kacmaz family was picked up from their home in the middle of the night by 15 unknown civil people. They were put in the vehicle by force, blindfolded, a sack put over their heads and handcuffed. This unfortunate incident occurred on 27th September, but since then there is no news. This abduction is the Pakistan branch of the political holocaust in Turkey. Like many victims of this `game of power`, their lives were devoured silently. A decade`s service to Pakistani community was overlooked. Moreover, `terrorist` label was found suitable for these innocent people. Let me introduce you to Kacmaz Family. Firstly, Mesut and Meral Kacmaz were Turkish teachers employed in Pakturk schools. Pakturk, is the name of chains of schools, run by Turkish staff, operating all over Pakistan and it is regarded as one of the best schools in Pakistan. Kacmaz family had come to Pakistan before ten years and had been in this institution since then. Their two daughters, Huda and Huma Kacmaz were ordinary students in Pakturk schools. Everything had started when the flares of catastrophic dictatorship in Turkey reached Pakistan. This first emerged as the arrival of the Turkish president to Pakistan and then he urged its authorities to deport Turkish teachers. Fortunately, the public were in favor of these Turkish teachers (employees and administrators of Pakturk schools in Pakistan): because they had witnessed that these teachers were people of candor. On the other hand, there hasn’t been any proof which showed that Pakturk staff was guilty. The first attempt to deport Turkish families in Pakistan (In December 2016) was unsuccessful because court ordered to stop this illegal act and UNHCR gave these families asylum certificate which gave them the right to stay in Pakistan for at least a year. They can still reside in Pakistan; however, they were not allowed to run Pakturk schools anymore. All the Pakturk families had to wait for their luck to turn good until they could start working again. This gave their souls an indescribable agony as their only pursuit in coming to Pakistan was to facilitate education. This whole year (almost) has been miserable for them, for they had to go through serious economic and emotional stresses. Almost a year had passed in the state of confusion. Kacmaz family was trying their best to cling on to their new life, which was full of ambiguous information about their future. There was no reliable news that showed a positive progress about neither replacement of their jobs nor there was any news about renewal of their visas. Due to security reasons, they had shifted their home thrice in that nine month period. Of course they went through financial difficulties and emotional instability, but they waited in Pakistan as they trusted UNHCR`s certificate. They stayed because they thought this showed their loyalty to their students, parents and other Pakistanis, due to their rigorous efforts in calling the government to take a just step about the order of deportation. On the other hand, Kacmaz family avoided leaving Pakistan to Turkey because they were afraid that they would be jailed as Turkish government linked Pakturk schools with `terrorism`. Huda and Huma`s schooling also prevented them from leaving, for Mr. and Mrs. Kacmaz did not want to hinder their studies. There hasn't been any news about them since 27th September. There have been non-violent protests and press conferences. Various governmental organizations and UNHCR have been called for help but there is no concrete result. We, the concerned people from Norway, are to requesting and calling the Pakistani Government to take an immediate action about this unjust act. They should not be illegally deported, but they should be released as they are innocent. Please keep in mind all the gratuitous services they have done to Pakistan and they haven’t committed any crime, because teaching is not an atrocity. No one knows how Kacmaz family is at the moment. Were these people worth the gratuitous maleficence? Couldn`t their children be kept apart from this abduction at least? Never mind, it`s silly to ask these questions to the unscrupulous doers. Somehow, I can`t keep myself from asking you to succor me through signing the given petition in order to raise your voices against this inhuman act! Here are some links for those of you who would like to research more in debt about this abduction.  

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