Interview with Nancy Jefferson

Can you talk about how you felt when you heard that fred had been killed.


Well, I, you know, it was--. When Fred was killed, that morning, the way he was killed, the way Fred was killed, wa--I absolutely said, "Poor Fred." because we had that trust between him. I felt that morning that Fred was trying to reach out to me, you know, I kept wondering if my phone was on the hook, you know. I know that Fred must have been trying to reach out to me, you know, come here, come here, come here. It was just an awful time for me, because I knew what Fred was all about. I knew that Fred couldn't have done--couldn't have been--a person that they should have shot down like a rabbit in that place. I was so hurt, so hurt. to the point that I thought that day, I cannot get up again, you know, just can't get up again. Do we really have, the police department in this city that would do a raid on that, that house as they did and kill poor Fred. That was about nothing, but sho--but trying to help us understand what was going on in this political world, you know. I think I was at my lowest that I've ever been in history. Because I, that was a young man, Fred wasn't about violence, that had a method, that he was trying to prove, Fred was trying to prove. I think I was at the lowest that America didn't understand that, you know, that's what. I think the worst thing was that, I felt that, I was, I know Fred must have. Cause as he always did, now he would call me in the middle of the night when he had to make decisions, and I would tease him, I always say "All right Fred are you telling me this so if your method ain't working I'm your back up?" I always say, because we had that kind of trust, we was always doubting each other. I was saying I know Fred was trying to call me, and I know fred was off the hook, I wasn't I was just going through all that.


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