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Buffalo News explores different angle of Ray Lewis murder case

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With the presumed future employer of Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis devoting 30 minutes of air time to a 13-year-old case of double murder, it’s hard for Lewis or the Ravens to criticize any other media outlet for paying attention to the story.

The Buffalo News has paid plenty of attention to it on Thursday, with a story and video regarding the first visit of the mother of one of the victims to his grave.

Priscilla Lollar didn’t attend the funeral and hadn’t been to the cemetery, which is only 21 miles from the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton.  Lollar recently told USA Today that she still holds out hope that her son, Richard, will walk through the door of her home.

I don’t discuss him in the past,” Lollar said.  “I don’t really acknowledge anything.”

She acknowledged everything on Wednesday, taking another son to the site of Richard Lollar’s grave.

I want to see if he’s in there,” Priscilla Lollar said at the site where Richard Lollar is buried, via Tim Graham of the Buffalo News.  “I don’t know.  I don’t know.

“I never seen him in no casket or anything.  So I don’t know.  Now I want to see what’s up under here.  I want to see if he’s in there or anything.

“I want him to come on back home!  I just want him to come home!”

The reality is that no one would be talking or writing about this story if the Ravens weren’t headed to the Super Bowl, for what will be the final game in the 17-year career of Ray Lewis.  And Priscilla Lollar likely wouldn’t be talking and thinking as much about it.

The only remotely good news in all of this is that Priscilla Lollar may have finally obtained some closure.

[Photo credit:  Buffalo News]

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47 Responses to “Buffalo News explores different angle of Ray Lewis murder case”
  1. ccjcsr says: Jan 24, 2013 8:11 AM

    Witch hunt!

  2. explosionsauce says: Jan 24, 2013 8:13 AM

    I’m getting tired of the ray Lewis lovefest and apparently a few media outlets are too.

  3. 3fingerlenny says: Jan 24, 2013 8:18 AM

    Pastor Ray should be in jail

  4. crs334 says: Jan 24, 2013 8:19 AM

    Well this is just downright saddening

  5. tomtravis76 says: Jan 24, 2013 8:22 AM

    Weren’t the guys who died said to have been causing troubling all night? No reason to die, but they were looking for trouble and started the fight.

  6. baloneyjohn says: Jan 24, 2013 8:23 AM

    Leav that lady alone.
    Scum bag “reporters?”

  7. tv426 says: Jan 24, 2013 8:33 AM

    I think it is rather obvious to anyone with a brain that Ray Ray got away with murder (where is the suit Ray Ray??).

    Karma has a way of coming around though – just ask OJ.

  8. godzilla111111 says: Jan 24, 2013 8:36 AM

    “Now I want to see what’s up under here.”

    What language is this?

  9. kh221 says: Jan 24, 2013 8:50 AM

    F Ray Lewis and his attention whorish ways.

  10. shmtty28 says: Jan 24, 2013 8:52 AM

    Ray Lewis is a scumbag drama queen. I cant wait until I never have to see any of his antics ever again. “Quick hurry up get the cameras over here so I can pretend to cry during the anthem”. p.o.s.

  11. kotapug says: Jan 24, 2013 9:01 AM

    He did it but had money to buy a lawyer to get him out of it. If he was an average joe he would be in prison now . But instead he is making millions and acting like god decides football games. What a king sized bag of crap .

  12. ravenator says: Jan 24, 2013 9:03 AM

    So I wonder who the media wants to paint as the team to root against this superbowl. Go Ravens!

  13. godofwine330 says: Jan 24, 2013 9:04 AM

    Both of these guys were career criminals with rap sheets as long as one’s arm. I don’t doubt that their mothers miss them, but the facts show that they were career criminals. Their credibility was gone from the moment of the incident. I have heard about a broken champagne bottle that was in their hands, but no one will know what really happened that night. Two career criminals are no longer here and Ray Lewis is. The good he has done since should eeh, forget about it. They are going to talk about this 20 years from now.

  14. noring4youstill says: Jan 24, 2013 9:05 AM

    Oh so the mother of a murder victim wouldn’t be thinking of her murdered son?

  15. bucrightoff says: Jan 24, 2013 9:06 AM

    In many ways, going to the Super Bowl is Ray Lewis’s worst nightmare. I hope the media takes him to task in the next week.

  16. brasho says: Jan 24, 2013 9:07 AM

    “I never seen him in no casket or anything. So I don’t know. Now I want to see what’s up under here. I want to see if he’s in there or anything.”

    This is sad. Judging from Richard Lollar’s mother, I sense we may have lost a very valued member of our society. I have a fceling that Lollar would have have gone on to be a rocket scientist, novelist, or political activist. What a shame that we lost such a great mind.

  17. shawon0meter says: Jan 24, 2013 9:14 AM

    She went to the grave site with the media for the first time when this story is getting the most media attention it has in 13 years? Why?

  18. thetruth146 says: Jan 24, 2013 9:18 AM

    ray is the biggest fraud in sports along with the entire ravens fanbase.

    i’ve been to games at their stadium and they treat him like he is greater than god.

    I’d be ashamed if I were a ravens fan. not because they treat a murdering fraud greater than god, but because they all wear purple camouflage. OMG bro i cant see your legs, oh wait i totally can cause you look like an idiot wearing purple camouflage.

    boom roasted

  19. Pacific NW Mark says: Jan 24, 2013 9:24 AM

    The jury found Lewis’s companions not guilty by reason of self-defense, and there was never any evidence that Lewis did more than get rid of his clothing – an admittedly stupid act that ultimately cost him a year’s probation and a quarter million dollar fine.

    The fact that two men died does not make it a murder.

  20. slvrnblk72 says: Jan 24, 2013 9:27 AM

    Ray will be riding in a white Escalade on the news someday being pursued by the police..guaranteed

  21. southpaw2k says: Jan 24, 2013 9:28 AM

    As much as I think it’s garbage that comments on here continue to crucify Ray Lewis for a crime for which he was only found guilty of obstruction of justice and NOT murder (and not crucify Lawrence Taylor, who WAS found guilty of his crime and is now in the big house – but I digress), it doesn’t change the fact that this woman has to live life without her son anymore. It’s tragic that she is outliving her own son, and the horror of that night in Atlanta haunts her to this day. I hope she eventually does find peace in her life, and the same goes for the family of the other victim in the crime.

  22. southpaw2k says: Jan 24, 2013 9:32 AM

    thetruth146 says:
    Jan 24, 2013 9:18 AM

    I’d be ashamed if I were a ravens fan. not because they treat a murdering fraud greater than god, but because they all wear purple camouflage. OMG bro i cant see your legs, oh wait i totally can cause you look like an idiot wearing purple camouflage.

    ————————————————

    You are aware that Steelers camo pants exist too, right? The purple camo pants may be anything but pleasing upon sight, but the bright, garish yellow camo pants burn the eyes.

  23. ronnyhanson says: Jan 24, 2013 9:34 AM

    ray was there and knows what happened. I doubt he did the stabbing, but I would bet his two criminal cohorts did. so two criminals killed two other criminals. this is what happens when u go down a criminal path. the only shame is that all four criminals didn’t die in the process. criminals kill criminals everyday in inner cities across the country. not sure why it is shocking or people want to make a big deal about it.

  24. simon94022 says: Jan 24, 2013 9:43 AM

    There is no such thing as “closure” for the parent of a murdered child. That is pure psychobabble.

    And Ray Lewis should never be celebrated or honored by anyone, ever.

  25. wolverine69 says: Jan 24, 2013 9:45 AM

    Yes, you never here about the other two guys (that were found not guilty, by self defense) Yet ray is a murderer….Ben R…paid out in civil suits also but no one, in the media, calls him a rapist. They all say he was found not to be guilty. Ray has to live with what happened, so does the mothers of the victims. Just dont pull them out 13 years later to grieve.

  26. ham1 says: Jan 24, 2013 9:47 AM

    What a side show lewis is.
    What a complete baltimoron.
    Get him out of here, the sooner the better.
    Preacher now thats rich. LMAO.

  27. haterade999 says: Jan 24, 2013 9:56 AM

    This is sad, but mostly because the people who did commit the crime were acquitted on the basis of self-defense. Her son may very well have been in the wrong.

    Trust your media though. They never emphasize or sensationalize. And, they would never take sides for a story.

  28. briandorry55 says: Jan 24, 2013 10:17 AM

    EVEN IF Ray Lewis is not guilty of murder…Obstruction of justice in a murder case is still a really bad crime in my opinion. Manti Te’o didn’t break any crimes and people are already calling him a dirtbag.

  29. hurrayforyogapants says: Jan 24, 2013 10:22 AM

    I’m sorry, “presumed future employer”? Ray Ray is going to work for the Buffalo News? Seems like an odd place for him to land…

  30. ravenator says: Jan 24, 2013 10:23 AM

    Im laughing at all these comments. Keep it coming. The hate you have for one man is too funny. Question, will you hate Ray Lewis even more when he wins a 2nd superbowl! Haha, go ravens! New Orleans bound – soak it up.

  31. dougltc says: Jan 24, 2013 10:29 AM

    A few thoughts…

    1. For those wanting to see Ray Lewis just go away, he was hired by ESPN. He isn’t going away… quite the opposite.

    2. Even if those two men weren’t murdered, there is a good chance that they would have met their demise later. They were on that path.. if you want to see how that works, watch a few episodes of “The First 48″.

    3. Regarding all the hate for Ray Ray… haters gonna hate.

    The Lombardi is coming back to Balmer….

  32. ravenator says: Jan 24, 2013 10:48 AM

    Because the people killed were doing so much good in the world.

  33. stillers7 says: Jan 24, 2013 11:01 AM

    So Pastor Ray was sitting in his limo around 4:00am in a bar parking lot with his posse while innocently reading his bible and blood accidently spilled on his white suit – right. The limo driver testified that Pastor Ray was involved in the fight. And Pastor Ray settled two wrongful death suits. Sure – he’s innocent.

  34. letemplay says: Jan 24, 2013 11:41 AM

    So Pastor Ray was sitting in his limo around 4:00am in a bar parking lot with his posse while innocently reading his bible and blood accidently spilled on his white suit – right. The limo driver testified that Pastor Ray was involved in the fight. And Pastor Ray settled two wrongful death suits. Sure – he’s innocent.

    No, he was there and watched two people kill two other people with knives. What the media covers up and brushes under the rug is that the two people who were killed attacked them first and had guns on their person. That’s why there was a self defense case that was proven right. Horrible horrible situation that Ray really messed up by being a part of, but murder? No.

    Ignorant people are just too lazy or jealous or stupid to actually take the time to learn about the case instead of being spoon fed by what the media wants you to believe.

    Think for yourself and learn about things. You’ll be amazed at how you will grow as a person.

  35. melikefootball says: Jan 24, 2013 11:56 AM

    Ray will one day have to answer to one he cannot hide the truth from.

  36. seanpbeck says: Jan 24, 2013 12:00 PM

    Pacific NW Mark says: Jan 24, 2013 9:24 AM

    The jury found Lewis’s companions not guilty by reason of self-defense, and there was never any evidence that Lewis did more than get rid of his clothing – an admittedly stupid act that ultimately cost him a year’s probation and a quarter million dollar fine.

    The fact that two men died does not make it a murder.
    ————————————————————

    No, but he let 2 men bleed to death in the street instead of calling 911, burned his clothes and paid of a limo driver. Guilty of murder? No. Guilty of being a horrible human being? Yes. Most Lewis critics aren’t saying he should’ve been found guilty of murder. We’re just sick and tired of him being propped up as a face of the NFL and getting millions in endorsements. It sends the absolute wrong message to kids and, well, everybody. Why are we rewarding this guy?

  37. stillers7 says: Jan 24, 2013 12:01 PM

    letemplay
    So he was just there “watched” two people being murdered — OK I think he’s awesome now.

    Teach me more about the wrongful death cases so I can grow as a person.

  38. 75rockrasin says: Jan 24, 2013 12:38 PM

    Just a couple of facts need to come out here. 1- the dead men were drug dealers. Large amounts of cash an ddrugs were found on one of the bodies. They were part of a group that started a fight with the Lewis group by hitting Oakley over the head with ac hampagne bottle, which in Ga. is considered a deadly weapon. 2- the gun.. Proven in court the guy didn’t have time to go back to the car and get the gun, get back to the fight and fire at the limo as he claimed. The gun had to be at the scene before the fight began. Whats interesting is the guy claimed he stood over one of the victims and fired, yet the shell casings were found under the body. The gun was never recovered, the victims group tossed it in a dumpster.. The Jury after hearing all the evidence found that Sweeting and Oakley used deadly force in SELF DEFENSE.. all one has to do is go read the court transcripts.. One question you have to ask is why the detectives going to interview Ray Lewis at his Lawyer house the next day were told to arrest him there. They told the DA once they arrested him, his lawyer would advise him no to talk.. They wanted to get some information from Ray not arrest him., the DA, running for election, pretty much screwed that up trying to make a splash in a high profile case.. The whole investigation was botched by the DA from the very beginning. Legal experts have said murder charges would never have been brought have the police been allowed to conduct a proper investigation.. So to all you Ray Lewis haters out there, Get the facts about what really happened, not the media spin version..

  39. Slim Charles says: Jan 24, 2013 12:57 PM

    I’m lucky I’m not a Ravens fan. You have to rationalize some pretty horrible stuff.

    “2. Even if those two men weren’t murdered, there is a good chance that they would have met their demise later. They were on that path.. if you want to see how that works, watch a few episodes of “The First 48″.”

    Nice logic. I guess because everyone dies eventually, nobody should be charged with murder.

    If Ray wasn’t guilty why did he pay the families off and burn his clothes? Dude will always be a scumbag.

    Ray Lewis = Rae Carruth

  40. mountaingirl39 says: Jan 24, 2013 1:06 PM

    The bottom feeders (aka the news media) have seemed to forget there is a Super Bowl next week and dwell on this nonsense.. There are so many great success stories on each team (including Ray Lewis) but they’re incapable of reporting it.
    As for being a murdered, got it wrong again. In fact he’s done what many players were incapable of doing….getting his personal life together. Love him or hate him, get the facts straight.

  41. mfrech says: Jan 24, 2013 2:43 PM

    Not guilty of murder? I can accept that. I don’t think Ray Lewis actually stabbed anyone. I think the majority of people believe he didn’t physically murder someone. But there are disturbing facts about the guy even if he was never found guilty of killing anyone.

    Two guys are dead. He was there for it. The suit has never been recovered. Ray mislead the police to cover for his friends. He was more concerned that night with his football career than the lives of two dead people. And now he is propped up as a face of the league. I can see how that will rub people the wrong way regardless of whether or not the guy physically stabbed anyone, and I wouldn’t blame anyone for not liking the guy for those reasons.

  42. Pacific NW Mark says: Jan 24, 2013 3:11 PM

    seanpbeck says: Jan 24, 2013 12:00 PM

    No, but he let 2 men bleed to death in the street instead of calling 911, burned his clothes and paid of a limo driver. Guilty of murder? No. Guilty of being a horrible human being? Yes. Most Lewis critics aren’t saying he should’ve been found guilty of murder. We’re just sick and tired of him being propped up as a face of the NFL and getting millions in endorsements. It sends the absolute wrong message to kids and, well, everybody. Why are we rewarding this guy?

    —————————————

    According to court transcripts, Lewis and his party left the scene to avoid further violence – you may think that makes him a horrible person but reasonable people can disagree. In any case the two victims had THEIR companions (the Ohio gang) at the scene, any of whom could have called 911, so it’s a stretch to pin the deaths on Lewis. Particularly after a jury acquitted the other two defendants.

    Throughout this thread – indeed in the headline – the event is referred to as the ‘Ray Lewis murder’. It’s important to keep in mind that no one was murdered.

  43. Nofoolnodrool says: Jan 24, 2013 5:10 PM

    Pacific NW Mark says:
    Jan 24, 2013 3:11 PM.

    Dead is dead and were it you your loved ones would be pissed..rather removed from reality and emotion are you unless its your family.

  44. newyorkviking says: Jan 24, 2013 5:32 PM

    Am i the only one that thinks its strange wen u lose a son n u dont go to the funeral or visit his grave in 13 years. Then wen ray lewis makes the superbowl all of a sudden she visits. Wat if they would have beat the pats last year would she of went sooner.

  45. ivyleaf98 says: Jan 24, 2013 8:27 PM

    This media obsession with Ray Lewis is getting tiresome. It’ll get worse when the Ravens win. Yet, Big Ben gets a pass..,

  46. johntonioholmes says: Jan 24, 2013 8:59 PM

    I always thought it was funny that people talk about Ray like he’s one of the elder statesmen of the game. Apparently, murdering two people endears you to the NFL.

    I won’t even watch this Super Bowl, probably. I had enough of seeing Ray fake crying at the AFC Championship game.

  47. steelersfanfromtheseventies says: Jan 26, 2013 3:29 PM

    ivyleaf98 says:
    Jan 24, 2013 8:27 PM
    This media obsession with Ray Lewis is getting tiresome. It’ll get worse when the Ravens win. Yet, Big Ben gets a pass..,

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    The reason ben gets a pass is because they sucked so bad they could,nt even make the playoffs. And even if they can come back next year to make the show i can assure you that will be the topic.

    It will be nice when ray is gone. No more stupid articals of murder fake crying and the most moronic dance of all time.

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