*You may ask, who was Arthur Lee Duncantell II? Then again, his name may sound familiar but you just can’t place it. He is a young man who lived in San Bernardino, California. A father of two sons who had dreams of starting a group home for wayward boys as a way of helping his community and honoring his mother, Sheilah Y. Kimble, because through these types of boys, he realized the problems he had caused her growing up.
He is a young man who was fatally wounded by an alleged gang member in 2011 and he is among the many Cold Cases still pending.
He was NOT a gang member.
He is a young man whose murder captured media attention because witnesses who saw what happened were too afraid to come forward, and the San Bernardino Police Dept clearly didn’t give a f*ck about the death of another Black man.
I recall talking to Ms. Kimble more than a year ago. She told me that after Tony Valdez’s Fox11 ‘Cold Case’ story on her son in June of 2015, she contacted Detective William Flesher of the San Bernardino Police Department for an update. According to her, the detective allegedly said, “We are not going to waste taxpayer money to investigate because he’s just another nigger in a gang.”
She said a whole lot more…
But unfortunately, as convincing as it is and truthful as it sounds, much of it is unsubstantiated from a journalist POV, so the interview sits in my files to this day.
As a loving mother, Ms. Kimble (pictured above) continues to fight for the truth of her son’s murder to be brought to the forefront. And the guilty party to be held accountable. She has become close to the mother of Arthur’s best friend, Shadow, who was also killed on that May 17, 2011 night.
But Kimble was never one to just sit and cry. Instead, in honor of her late son, she started the Arthur Lee Duncantell Foundation, a 501(C)3 organization designed to continue his legacy, improve communities, and empower young people.
‘A Change is Gone Come’ is a black tie event that takes place on Saturday, November 12, 2016. The event, which will have speakers, food and entertainment, will be held at the Park Inn By Radisson, located at 1211 E. Garvey Avenue in Covina, CA.
The $75 ticket price admits two and it includes dinner. Cocktail Hour is from 5:00 to 6:00 pm. Dinner & Program follows.
For more information, or to donate/volunteer, visit the Arthur Lee Duncantell II Foundation website here.