Vigil held for Burney man who died after being set on fire

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    Vigil help for Burney man who died after being set on fire

    Community members shared their memories of Wicks, a member of the Jehovah's Witness hall in Burney. Many of them remember him from his post at the Shell station, where he worked along with his wife. One woman says Wicks "always had a smile on his face."

  • Bill Covert
    Bill Covert

    Wow I did not know he was a JW. But being a apostate cuts off all ties with Burney area. I have been in and out of the Shell station when I would go on service calls to repair trucks east of Burney. Repaired several in the parking area of the Shell station through the years.

    The area has changed from a working mans town ever since the spotted owl shut down the logging. The whole Northern Calif has changed from being lumber communities to pot growing. Sad. When I first read about the attack this mornings paper it was very depressing as to the inhumanity that has made its way to a small community, now to learn he was a JW makes it all that much more saddening.

    Burney/Johnson Park has two Kingdom Halls the old one [I gave public talks there] right next to a new one, I guess the got bit by the drive to build newer hall and could never unload the old one. They set side by side, the old one deserted.


  • Vidiot

    Ten bucks says his congregation's BOE will spin it as "persecution" (even though the guy who killed him probably didn't even know he was a JW).

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    New clue could help identify suspect in gas station clerk's death
    ... investigators found a yellow jacket and matching pants believed to belong to the man responsible for the death of 54-year-old clerk David Wicks.
  • stillin

    Sad. Sounds like a mental case.

  • Diogenesister

    Oh Lord no. This is horrific. This is one of those instances when this pour souls last minutes were made possibly more bearable by his beliefs. Too horrific to contemplate for us.

    I disagree that whoever did it was a mental case in the true sense of the word, surely a crazy would have been they would have no motive to hide it. Just my thoughts

  • Tallon

    This is truly horrific. I have no other words to describe it.

    R.I.P. Sincere condolences to his family and friends.

  • Pete Zahut
    Pete Zahut

    How horrible !

    I don't know why but I have a nagging suspicion that there's more to this story than meets the eye.

    The act of setting someone on fire seems too specific and violent for it to have been done without a motive.

  • Simon

    Things like this are not mental illness - the giveaway is the planning necessary to conduct such a heinous inhuman crime and also plan the escape and cover-up of their identity. Please don't blame it on the mentally ill.

  • blondie

    Thanks for pointing that out, Simon.

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