Laid to rest
Adams' 'strength and love' recalled at funeral
Posted: Saturday December 18, 1999 05:09 PM
Cherica Adams' casket is carried out of Victory Christian Center in Charlotte. AP
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- As Rae Carruth remained in a Tennessee jail Saturday, about 1,000 sobbing mourners jammed into a Charlotte church for the funeral of the woman he is charged with killing.
Mourners remembered the life of Cherica Adams, 24, and thought of her newborn son, Chancellor, delivered by emergency Caesarean section 10 weeks premature following the Nov. 16 shooting.
Amid tears, they also were warned about a society where such a brutal crime could take place.
Meanwhile, Charlotte police continued to work out the details of Carruth's return from Tennessee to face a charge of first-degree murder.
Police said it was unclear when the former Colorado standout would be returned.
After the wide receiver, who played for the Carolina Panthers, agreed not to fight extradition, federal authorities dropped an unlawful flight warrant against him. Police said that should speed his return to face first-degree murder charges and that he could be in a Charlotte jail before the end of the weekend.
"Authorities in Tennessee don't want him in their jail," FBI spokesman Erik Blowers said. "Since the [unlawful flight] charges were dropped, I would expect him to be back in a day or two. It's unusual that the charges weren't dropped immediately."
The funeral service for Adams was held at Victory Christian Center, where several large flower arrangements flanked her casket. One arrangement was in the form of a large butterfly for a woman whose nickname was 'Cookie.' The burial was held immediately afterward at a local cemetery.
In his eulogy, pastor Robyn Gool reminded mourners that everyone has a free will to do good or evil.
"So many people want to ask why God didn't intervene in these circumstances," he said. "Why didn't he stop it? He made us free moral agents. God gave us the right to choose. If a man wants to plot evil, he can choose to do so."
Gool also said society needs to place a higher premium on life.
"If you can blow away a pregnant woman, you've lost your head," he said.
Other speakers called Adams a hard worker who looked forward to the birth of her first child.
"Don't worry about Chancellor," Denise McManus, her former manager at a real estate office, said as she fought back tears. "He'll be taken care of. And he'll be told about his mother's strength and love."
The boy's condition is improving after he spent his first days in an intensive care unit at Carolinas Medical Center.
Prosecutors have said Carruth instigated the plot to murder Adams, his pregnant girlfriend.
Adams died Tuesday, 28 days after being struck in the neck and chest by four bullets fired from a passing car as she drove through a southeast Charlotte neighborhood. Prosecutors have said Carruth was in a car near the shooting, and three other men were in a separate vehicle talking with him by cell phone.
Carruth; William Watkins, 44; Michael Kennedy, 24, and Stanley Abraham, 19, all face first-degree murder and other charges and are being held without bond. Prosecutors said they intend to seek the death penalty.
Carruth initially was arrested Nov. 25, then released on a $3 million bond that required him to turn himself in immediately if Adams died. When she died, however, Carruth fled, ignoring pleas from family, friends and his lawyer to surrender.
Federal agents found him Wednesday hiding in the trunk of a car in a motel parking lot in Tennessee.
The Charlotte company that posted Carruth's bond helped locate Carruth, according to a federal affidavit. Ronnie DeLapp with D&D Bonding Services said Carruth's mother, Theodry Carruth, tipped the company to his whereabouts and to expect a phone call from a woman who was with Carruth. No charges have been filed against that woman, identified as Wendy Cole of Charlotte.
Mrs. Carruth said she tipped off the bonding company to try and save his life.
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