Culinary scholarship will honor abducted teen Ashanti Billie

Culinary scholarship will honor abducted teen Ashanti Billie


THE WHEELS ARE ALREADY IN MOTION TO MAKE SURE A MISSING TEENAGER — FOUND DEAD OVER THE WEEKEND — IS NEVER FORGOTTEN. (TOM) TONIGHT, WE’RE LEARNING MORE ABOUT ASHANTI BILLIE — AS THE FBI TRIES TO TRACK DOWN ANYONE INVOLVED IN HER ABDUCTION. 10 ON YOUR SIDE’S JOE FISHER SPOKE WITH ASHANTI’S PARENTS WHO WANT ANSWERS FOR THEIR DAUGHTER. (JOE) TOM, ANITA – AFTER AN 11-DAY SEARCH, SOMEONE FOUND ASHANTI’S BODY OUTSIDE A CHURCH IN CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA ON FRIDAY. HER PARENTS SAY THE FAMILY HAS NO CONNECTION TO THE AREA. TONIGHT, THE FBI IS STILL OFFERING A 10- THOUSAND DOLLAR REWARD FOR INFORMATION — AS QUESTIONS LIKE HOW ASHANTI GOT TO CHARLOTTE AND WHO TOOK HER REMAIN VERY MUCH A MYSTERY. (JOE FISHER, REPORTING) MELTONY BILLIE/ASHANTI’S FATHER “HER RESTING PLACE WAS ON THE CHURCH GROUND.” FOR A FAMILY THAT HAS LEANED ON THE LORD. MELTONY BILLIE/ASHANTI’S FATHER “UNDENIABLE FAITH.” THERE’S SOME COMFORT IN THE PLACE THEIR DAUGHTER WAS FOUND. MELTONY BILLIE/ASHANTI’S FATHER “IT’S GOD’S DESIRE. IT’S NOT OUR PLACE TO QUESTION.” ASHANTI BILLIE’S FAMILY CALLS FATHER “THINGS DON’T JUST HAPPEN. PEOPLE ARE NOT JUST CREATED THIS WAY. SOMETHING HAD TO HAPPEN IN THIS ARE NOT GOING TO HAVE HATRED IN OUR HEART.” ASHANTI DISSAPEARED TWO WEEKS AGO. HER CELL PHONE FOUND IN A NORFOLK DUMPSTER AND FIVE WHERE SHE WORKED — BUT THE FBI ISN’T SURE IF ASHANTI WAS BEHIND THE WHEEL WHEN HER CAR LEFT THE BASE A HALF HOUR LATER. BRANDY BILLIE/ASHANTI’S MOTHER “YOU BELIEVE SOMETHING WENT WRONG ON THE BASE?” “I DO.” “YES.” BRANDY AND MELTONY BILLIE NOW STAND OUTSIDE THE ART INSTITUTE OF VIRGINIA BEACH — WHERE ASHANTI STARTED CULINARY CLASSES IN AUGUST. THE QUIRKY, FUNNY AND PASSIONATE PASTRY CHEF ASPRIRED TO OPEN HER OWN BAKERY. HER PARENTS ANNOUNCED PLANS TO LAUNCH THE ASHANTI FOUNDATION — TO INCLUDE A CULINARY SCHOLARSHIP. BRANDY BILLIE/ASHANTI’S MOTHER “ASHANTI’S PURPOSE WAS TO TOUCH OTHERS. SHE HAS DONE THAT SINCE SHE WAS A KID, A BABY, DID IT IN HER TEENS AND SHE’S CONTINUING TO DO IT IN THE AFTERLIFE.” WITH NO ENEMIES — THEY SAY — DESERVES ANSWERS. MELTONY BILLIE/ASHANTI’S FATHER “WE WANT IT TO BE MADE KNOWN THAT YOU CAN’T GET AWAY WITH DOING STUFF LIKE THIS. WE WANT TO CALL YOU OUT, WE WANT TO CALL YOU OUT, WE WANT TO CALL YOU OUT.” (JOE) THE BILLIE’S — WHO HAVE A COMBINED 34 YEARS MILITARY SERVICE — EXPRESSED FRUSTRATION WITH THE BASE TONIGHT. THEY SAY NO ONE FROM THE NAVY HAS REACHED OUT TO OFFER THEIR SYMPATHY OR SUPPORT — OR CLARIFICATION ABOUT THE BASE’S INVOLVEMENT IN THIS CASE. MEANWHILE, THE FAMILY IS FINALIZING FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS. THEY HOPE TO HAVE SERVICES NEXT FRIDAY IN MARYLAND. I’M JOE FISHER, 10 ON YOUR SIDE.

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