Murder victim robbed of life by justice system
Editor: I read the story of the Dec. 31 murder in Langley with a combination of shock, sadness and amazement.
Shock and sadness, because I was lucky enough to know Cole Manning as a friend. We worked side by side for many years and would walk home together, as he lived a block further along the road than me.
He had his problems, and a lot of them stemmed from relationship issues. How ironic and bitterly sad is it that in trying to put his life back into order, he loses his life to a guy who should never have been at liberty to harm him in the first place.
Good decent folk do not stab their mothers or rob Mac’s stores, and they certainly do not kill one of my friends.
The system which allows this kind of guy to walk free after using weapons against others is scandalous, and the judges that made the decisions to issue one-day sentences may as well have just given him the gun back too.
Cole, you have been robbed of life by someone empowered to take it. I hope justice is done and the lessons learned from your death are used to prevent others losing their friends.