Eddy Curry and Ray Carruth: Hopefully they don’t share the idea of “getting rid of problems”

January 29, 2009

I remember the first time that a woman told me she thought that she was pregnant and that I was the father.


I almost wet my pants.

The other day, I talked about my ride with John Updike growing up. Harry “Rabbit” Angstrom initially ran from his problems when he found out that his girlfriend was pregnant. When I first heard the news, it was like time had stopped. I wanted to be sensitive, but I had my own selfish feelings welling up. I asked her, “Are you sure?” and she told me that she was late for her period and that she was never late.

I wasn’t as experienced that day as I am now. I really didn’t weigh what that really meant. To me, it sounded like I better get ready to change a lot of diapers. I told her what I tell any woman who would came to me with that news or information, which is “You should do what you think is right and I will support any decision and help with raising our child.”

To say it totally drained the color from my face. I meant it and was going to follow through with it. It still made me sick to my stomach to make it. Just like Harry, I saw the end of my future plans and dreams. I was in a place where I didn’t want to be and had condemned myself to a potential hell on earth.

The light at the end of the tunnel came two days later when she told me that she had her period and she thought it was sweet that I was willing to “do the right thing.” She didn’t know how many times I thought about ducking out or pushing for an abortion. I just liked her, I didn’t want to spend the rest of my life (at least I didn’t think so) with her. I thought that there was so much out there that I was missing, to be saddled with a child meant the end of my childhood and the firm cementing of adulthood. But, the ride was fun, and I am a fan of “Paying what you owe.”

I began thinking about this when I saw this story on Eddie Curry at the Chicago Sun Times today.

January 28, 2009

BY MARK J. KONKOL Staff Reporter

NBA player Eddy Curry fathered the 10-month-old girl who last week was murdered alongside her mother, Curry’s ex-girlfriend Nova Henry, sources familiar with the paternity case told the Chicago Sun-Times.

A confidential court document filed in September reveals a DNA test confirmed Curry as the biological father of Ava, whose last name is the same as a man questioned by police about the slayings, sources said.

Curry, a former Chicago Bull and Thornwood High School standout, also has a 3-year-old son with Henry and was ordered to pay $6,000 a month in child support. Two months after Curry was determined to be Ava’s father, Curry’s child support payments to Henry increased to $15,000 a month, according to court papers.

“The family never had a doubt of who the father is,” a spokesman for the Henry family said.

Curry, who now plays for the New York Knicks, could not be reached Wednesday, and his attorney, Kelly Saindon, did not return calls seeking comment.

Nova Henry and Ava were shot to death in a condo near 15th and State on Saturday. Her 3-year-old son with Curry, Noah Henry-Curry, was found covered in blood but unhurt near his mother’s body.


Eddie denied that Ava Henry was his daughter. Just looking at the picture, she already looks like him in the face. We also know from a simple reading that Eddie has very potent sperm.


We know this because Eddie has four other children with his wife, according to the media guide of the Knicks. By a simple count, that makes 6 children in a pretty short amount of time. I can understand why Eddie would want to deny that the Ava Henry was not his daughter.

One, to admit that she was would only increase the child support payment, which was now at 15,000. Not a small sum of money for a guy that doesn’t love what he does and is not that good at doing it, and was not played this year.

Two, to admit that would also be an admission of infidelity in the marriage. Eddie has a wife and four children, so to be gallivanting the streets, and hitting your former flings is not something that will lead to a long and happy marriage.

He would have been all good had he just read this comic and followed the natural reasoning and set up of the joke


But when I start to think about why this horrible crime happened, the first thing to mind is Rae Carruth. For those of you who do not remember what happened, here is a brief summary of the crime form ask.com.

The Crime: On Nov. 15, 1999, Adams and Carruth met for a date.

This was only their second date since Adams informed Carruth of her pregnancy. They attended a 9:45 p.m. movie at the Regal Cinema in South Charlotte. When the movie was over, they left in separate cars and Adams followed behind Carruth. Within minutes of leaving the cinema, a car drove up along side Adams and one of the occupants began firing his gun directly at her. She was struck with four bullets into her back, damaging vital organs.

The 911 Call:

Struggling in pain, Cherica dialed 911. She told the dispatcher what happened and that she felt Carruth was involved in the shootings. With tears from pain, she explained that she was seven months pregnant with Carruth’s child. By the time police arrived, no suspects were to be found and Adams was rushed to the Carolina’s Medical Center. She went into surgery immediately and the doctors were able to save her baby boy, Chancellor Lee, even though he was 10-weeks premature.

Dying Declaration:

Adams was hanging onto life and somehow found the strength to write out notes based on her recollection of the events that took place during the shooting. In those notes, she indicated that Carruth had blocked her car so she could not escape the deadly bullets. She wrote that Carruth was there during the attack. Based on her notes and other evidence, the police arrested Carruth for conspiring to commit first-degree murder, attempted murder, and shooting into an occupied vehicle.

The Trial: The trial took 27 days with testimony from 72 witnesses.

The prosecutors argued that Carruth was the one who arranged to have Adams killed because he did not want to pay child support.

The defense argued that the shooting was a result of a drug deal that Carruth was supposed to finance, but backed out of, at the last minute.

Prosecution turned to the handwritten notes of Adams, that described how Carruth blocked her car so she could not escape from the gunshots. Phone records showed calls made from Carruth to co-defendent, Kennedy, around the time of the shooting.

Michael Kennedy refused immunity for his testimony against Carruth. During his testimony, he said that Carruth wanted Adams dead so he did not have to pay child support. He also testified that Carruth was at the scene, blocking Adams car.

Watkins, the man accused of shooting the gun, accepted a plea bargain to testify against Carruth in exchange for life instead of the death sentence. The prosecutor did not call him to the stand because of a statement he gave to a sheriff’s deputy that Carruth had nothing to do with the murder. He said Carruth backed out on a drug deal and they followed him to talk to him about it. He said they pulled up to Adams car to find out where Carruth was headed, and Adams made an obscene gesture to them. Watkins said he lost it and just started shooting. The defense decided to call Watkins to the stand, but Watkins denied ever saying anything about it being a drug deal, sticking to his plea agreement.

Ex-girlfriend, Candace Smith, testified that Carruth admitted to her that he was involved in the shooting but he didn’t pull the trigger.

Over 25 people testified on Carruth’s behalf.

Carruth never took the stand.

Rae Carruth was found guilty of conspiracy to commit murder, shooting into an occupied vehicle and using an instrument to destroy an unborn child and was sentenced to 18-24 years in prison.

Now what Rae Curruth tells me is that you need to

  1. Not kill someone because they are having your baby.
  2. Wear a condom. Strap it up if you do not want to have kids
  3. Hire better shooters. The dying declaration is what got you convicted. If the hitman does his job, then there would only be rumor and speculation about what happened.
  4. Disposable cell phones. Why would you call him on a phone line that could be traced?

In Eddy’s case, if he is involved, then I hope that he utilitzed 3 and 4, since if he didn’t, we will draft him pretty high in the prision basketball league, since you cant coach height. A lot of prisoners are fast and have good hands like Rae, but few posess the size and length of Eddy. There is never a reason to kill someone to aviod paying child support. 15k a month for a dude that makes millions should not be the break point of someone. The biggest tradegy is that a young woman and a sweet little girl had their light extinguished. Hopefully Eddy had nothing to do with this and the respective families can grieve in peace. They say that it was someone close to the family and hopefully, they find this person. The three year old covered in his mothers and sisters blood hopefully is young enough that this will not scar him for life (or at least that he will not be constantly tortured by the thoughts)

2 Responses to “Eddy Curry and Ray Carruth: Hopefully they don’t share the idea of “getting rid of problems””

  1. Ronin Storm said

    Of course he had them killed. Who else would kill a woman and her baby? A big F-CK YOU to Curry is that the person who did this for him will extort so much more than 15k a month.

  2. Steve said

    the thing that makes it worse is when you look at that innocent beautiful 9 month old child who got caught in the middle for no reason of her own.

    I hope Eddy didn’t do it… this looks like whoever she was with was enraged to find out that he was not the father, in a reverse Maury sort of way…

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