“He did not deserve to be shot on the street like an animal.” Those were the words of Sophia Starks, the mother of Dareen Starks,23, of Manhattan, who was shot near a gas station on Manhattan’s North side May seventh. While Sophia Starks is from Memphis, she was in town to voice concerns to Riley County Law Board members about the treatment of her son’s case, in which she stresses he was the victim but alleges he continues to be harrassed by police.
The suspect in the case, identified at the time as Daeshawn Bryant,18, has since been released on $50,000 bond. She said he was charged with aggravated battery and not attempted murder when he shot her son in the stomach and he was on a ventilator for five days. Starks added “He tried to kill a human being. It can’t get more seriouser than that.”