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The Phylicia Barnes Story: The Late Teen May Have Been Targeted Because She Was Different

Today is the eve of the Anniversary in the disappearance of Phylicia Simone Barnes, who was discovered murdered and floating in a river earlier this year in Maryland.


For an entire year now many within the public following the murder mystery of Honors Teen Phylicia Barnes have been trying to make sense of the senseless tragedy that resulted in the child’s death. The fact that the child was left alone with males unrelated to her, the culture that existed there, and the apparent irresponsibility of those charged with her care are all difficult realities to absorb. If we take a closer look at the kind of person Phylicia was, we see a child with a fun loving spirit, an affectionate smile, and a kid with a glowing personality that lured others to the sunshine she displayed. I viewed a video posted on he child’s Myspace page that showed her frolicing around on the floor with friends, in a silly girlie manner, and her voice resounded with laughter along with the other little girls who were simply enjoying themselves in childhood like fun. In that video it was clear that these kids were in a safe environment, a clean home, and though no adults were shown, the scene was an ideal setting for kids their age when considering the lures of drugs, crime, and peer pressure that many of our kids face in an ever changing American Society. In some ways Phylicia was a normal kid who survived a broken home and became well adjusted with a strong father figure in her new family setting. The home that Phylicia grew up in new the lord, and it is clear that the child had extremely positive parental guidance which promoted education as a key to her personal development and future prosperity to become an upstanding citizen in society. After reading the kinds of things that her teachers, classmates, family, and friends had to say about Phylicia, we realize that she was far more then a normal teenager. There were post on her Myspace page related to school work and school exams that were the focal point of much of what her interest appeared to be. There were comments about going to the mall and other typical activities associate with kids of our time. However, what made Phylicia different is what was absent from her Social Media sites. There were not images of drugs and alcohol, weapons, hip hop music, or even kids listed on the child’s friends list that indulged in anything remotely similar to what we know were on the sites of those the child was exposed to in Baltimore. It’s safe to say Phylicia was not familiar with that type of culture, nor was it permitted or tolerated in the home environment the child was accustomed to. Phylicia was a straight A student preparing to pursue a college degree in Child Psychology a year early. Phylicia was a unique kid and one of a minority within a generation that we see far to often, which depict troubled kids falling prey to the lures of violent street pop and hip hop culture. Unfortunately, even when good kids like Phylicia are exposed to negative activity outside of their normal well structured guidance, they are vulnerable and fall prey to not wanting to become indifferent to popularity. In Baltimore it seems drinking, doing drugs, and engaging in lude sex acts were the popular things to do. The volume of young men and women close to Phylicia’s age coming and going, their activities condoned by the child’s supervision, and Phylicia being naive, overwhelmed by the excitement of “Big City” life, probably exposed just how different the studios child was. I can personally relate to such a scenario while contemplating similar situations in my youth. As a native Baltimorean I can recall instances of being mocked for speaking articulately. A young African American who speaks well is often times accused of “trying to be white”. Improperly used words and street jargon is the acceptable dialogue in Baltimore, a city leading the nation in illiteracy among African Americans. Phylicia’s intelligence more than likely garnered animosity and bitterness toward her. I am not saying this to cast negativity or dispersions upon people living in my hometown, it’s just that I know Baltimore, and I have walked in the little girl’s shoes in that regard. Also, Phylicia was a very pretty child, with gorgeous brown eyes, and shoulder length hair. Her sisters revealed and confirmed what the child’s mother said about how meticulous Phylicia was about her appearance. For the most part all they talked about was going shopping for beauty products and getting her hair done. The child’s personal hygiene habits is another factor that may have create bitterness and jealousy, because Baltimore is a place where young people walk around the streets night and day in an uncleanly manner all the time. A few years ago the Center for Decease Control announced alarming statistics about Baltimore City, stating the town had the “highest rate” of incurable sexually transmitted deceases in the country. The CDC findings speaks volumes regarding the culture of uncleanliness that has become an acceptable standard in may subcultural settings. Baltimore also remains at the very apex of cities in America with bolstering teenage pregnancy stats. Now what does any of this have to do with what happened to Phylicia? Perhaps it has nothing to do with the case what so ever, but the many subcultures that exist in Baltimore offer insight as to why the child may have been targeted. In many of the photos on the Social Media pages of some of the young men Phylicia had contact with in Baltimore, we see several other females there during the drug and alcohol fueled parties. I wonder why none of these young women ended up murdered, nude and floating in a river. There apparently was something about Phylicia that stood out, made her different, and created a desire for someone to harm her. What event sparked this heinous crime? Why was Phylicia targeted? Why was there such confidence and arrogance that this crime could be meted out and not result in the kille(s) eventual accountability, arrest, and conviction? Was Phylicia Simone Barnes that different that it warranted her losing her life? We all continue to seek answers to these rhetorical questions, but in all reality, those responsible for the killing of this child are in fact indifferent from civilization as we know it, and should be removed from humanity for ever.

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Today is the eve of the Anniversary in the disappearance of Phylicia Simone Barnes, who was discovered murdered and floating in a river earlier this year in Maryland.


For an entire year now many within the public following the murder mystery of Honors Teen Phylicia Barnes have been trying to make sense of the senseless tragedy that resulted in the child’s death. The fact that the child was left alone with males unrelated to her, the culture that existed there, and the apparent irresponsibility of those charged with her care are all difficult realities to absorb. If we take a closer look at the kind of person Phylicia was, we see a child with a fun loving spirit, an affectionate smile, and a kid with a glowing personality that lured others to the sunshine she displayed. I viewed a video posted on he child’s Myspace page that showed her frolicing around on the floor with friends, in a silly girlie manner, and her voice resounded with laughter along with the other little girls who were simply enjoying themselves in childhood like fun. In that video it was clear that these kids were in a safe environment, a clean home, and though no adults were shown, the scene was an ideal setting for kids their age when considering the lures of drugs, crime, and peer pressure that many of our kids face in an ever changing American Society. In some ways Phylicia was a normal kid who survived a broken home and became well adjusted with a strong father figure in her new family setting. The home that Phylicia grew up in new the lord, and it is clear that the child had extremely positive parental guidance which promoted education as a key to her personal development and future prosperity to become an upstanding citizen in society. After reading the kinds of things that her teachers, classmates, family, and friends had to say about Phylicia, we realize that she was far more then a normal teenager. There were post on her Myspace page related to school work and school exams that were the focal point of much of what her interest appeared to be. There were comments about going to the mall and other typical activities associate with kids of our time. However, what made Phylicia different is what was absent from her Social Media sites. There were not images of drugs and alcohol, weapons, hip hop music, or even kids listed on the child’s friends list that indulged in anything remotely similar to what we know were on the sites of those the child was exposed to in Baltimore. It’s safe to say Phylicia was not familiar with that type of culture, nor was it permitted or tolerated in the home environment the child was accustomed to. Phylicia was a straight A student preparing to pursue a college degree in Child Psychology a year early. Phylicia was a unique kid and one of a minority within a generation that we see far to often, which depict troubled kids falling prey to the lures of violent street pop and hip hop culture. Unfortunately, even when good kids like Phylicia are exposed to negative activity outside of their normal well structured guidance, they are vulnerable and fall prey to not wanting to become indifferent to popularity. In Baltimore it seems drinking, doing drugs, and engaging in lude sex acts were the popular things to do. The volume of young men and women close to Phylicia’s age coming and going, their activities condoned by the child’s supervision, and Phylicia being naive, overwhelmed by the excitement of “Big City” life, probably exposed just how different the studios child was. I can personally relate to such a scenario while contemplating similar situations in my youth. As a native Baltimorean I can recall instances of being mocked for speaking articulately. A young African American who speaks well is often times accused of “trying to be white”. Improperly used words and street jargon is the acceptable dialogue in Baltimore, a city leading the nation in illiteracy among African Americans. Phylicia’s intelligence more than likely garnered animosity and bitterness toward her. I am not saying this to cast negativity or dispersions upon people living in my hometown, it’s just that I know Baltimore, and I have walked in the little girl’s shoes in that regard. Also, Phylicia was a very pretty child, with gorgeous brown eyes, and shoulder length hair. Her sisters revealed and confirmed what the child’s mother said about how meticulous Phylicia was about her appearance. For the most part all they talked about was going shopping for beauty products and getting her hair done. The child’s personal hygiene habits is another factor that may have create bitterness and jealousy, because Baltimore is a place where young people walk around the streets night and day in an uncleanly manner all the time. A few years ago the Center for Decease Control announced alarming statistics about Baltimore City, stating the town had the “highest rate” of incurable sexually transmitted deceases in the country. The CDC findings speaks volumes regarding the culture of uncleanliness that has become an acceptable standard in may subcultural settings. Baltimore also remains at the very apex of cities in America with bolstering teenage pregnancy stats. Now what does any of this have to do with what happened to Phylicia? Perhaps it has nothing to do with the case what so ever, but the many subcultures that exist in Baltimore offer insight as to why the child may have been targeted. In many of the photos on the Social Media pages of some of the young men Phylicia had contact with in Baltimore, we see several other females there during the drug and alcohol fueled parties. I wonder why none of these young women ended up murdered, nude and floating in a river. There apparently was something about Phylicia that stood out, made her different, and created a desire for someone to harm her. What event sparked this heinous crime? Why was Phylicia targeted? Why was there such confidence and arrogance that this crime could be meted out and not result in the kille(s) eventual accountability, arrest, and conviction? Was Phylicia Simone Barnes that different that it warranted her losing her life? We all continue to seek answers to these rhetorical questions, but in all reality, those responsible for the killing of this child are in fact indifferent from civilization as we know it, and should be removed from humanity for ever.

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I’m David Adams

David Adams

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4 Responses to “The Phylicia Barnes Story: The Late Teen May Have Been Targeted Because She Was Different”

  1. Van says:

    WONDERFUL post! Thank You, TPC. Phylicia was absolutely different! She was a light in a very, very dark place.

    Her light shines yet!

    The criminal idiots who are guilty of Phylicia’s disappearance and murder didn’t stop to think that the very reason she stood out would be the reason so many people would be heartsick and praying for her safe return.

    In the wake of her being found, and the hideous circumstances surrounding her earthly light being shut out, we continue to keep a vigil for Phylicia. She basks in the brightest light now.

    The conspirators can prepare for the hottest hades.

    JUSTICE FOR PHYLICIA is near…

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