[UPDATE] A Final Look at Kevin Campbell

By: Jerry Askin; Dontaye Carter Email
By: Jerry Askin; Dontaye Carter Email

[UPDATE] 4-30 6:11pm

Tears rolled down the faces of nearly everyone who loved 39-year-old Kevin Campbell as the community celebrated his life Saturday.

Campbell died Monday night (4-25) after being tased by Tallahassee Police.

A caller says Campbell was running up and down stairs and into an elderly woman's apartment.

Officers say they tased Campbell because he reacted violently to police on scene.

"In Tallahassee per capital have one of the finest police departments in the United States but it can be even better and sometimes the best of us error and I think that's what happen to my son," says the victim's father Harry Campbell.

His brother couldn't hold back the emotion as they talked about how Campbell also known as K.C. impacted his lives.

"K.C. knew how to encourage,K.C. knew how to love. Ya'll if it's alright I can't do the Eulogy at this time, trying to describe K.C.but I will say we got to learn to love like K.C. loved," says Lloyd Campbell.

One person expressed that love through her music.

And while Campbell is gone, family and friends say he won't be forgotten.

"So I'm going to leave with the words K.C. used to always say. He didn't say goodbye, he'd say I'll see you later," says Elaine Bennett a close friend and co-worker.

A preliminary autopsy shows no signs of significant internal or external trauma that would have resulted in Campbell's death.

Final results are pending toxicology and other tests by the medical examiner.

Tallahassee Police is investigating the case.

[UPDATE] 4-29 Noon -

Funeral services for the man who died after being tased by police are set for April 30Th.

Services for 39-year old Kevin Campbell will be tomorrow at April 30 10 a.m. at Crossing Jordan Church in Valdosta Georgia. Campbell worked at Clipper's Barbershop on Tennessee Street.

Police say he died Monday night when officers responded to a call at the Hickory Hills Apartments. A caller says Campbell was running up and down stairs and into an elderly woman's apartment. Police say they tased Campbell because he reacted violently to officers on scene. TPD is still investigating the case and Campbell's exact cause of death is still undetermined.

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"They call me Sizzle- S-IZ-Z-L-E" said Kevin Campbell nearly two weeks prior to his death.

A rare interview with Kevin Campbell at Clipper's Barbershop spoke volumes about his love for the job...

"Enjoy a nice experience from the people that get it down and cut above the rest." Campbell said with a smile.

Now videos like this are all his family and friends have on his memory.

Campbell died Monday night when officers responded to a call at the Hickory Hills Apartments.

A caller says Campbell was running up and down stairs and into an elderly woman's apartment. Police say they tased Campbell because he reacted violently to officers on scene.

"That's something that could have been avoided. If anything they could have handled that situation a whole lot differently." says Dedrick Stewart, Campbell's coworker at Clipper's.

39-year-old Campbell had been a barber for more than 20 years...his friends and coworkers say he didn't deserve to lose his life like this.

Witnesses on scene say Campbell was yelling to police- saying that he was not resisting arrest - and to please give him some water.

Campbell's Best Friend, Joey Jones says, "First thing they should have done was find out what was wrong with him, instead of trying to handle the man in all kind of ways."

Meanwhile, Leon Camel another co-worker says, "It was tough, it's not like it's just a barber or someone you just work with. It was more like a friendship that we built for while he was here."

"It's pretty somber around here, everyone's trying to pull together and keep each other high spirited for the event that happened."
high spirits in honor of a man they say would want nothing else.


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  • by prettypeach Location: Valdosta,Georgia on May 14, 2011 at 05:40 AM
    Cowarts throw the stone and hide their hands!! They once hid their faces behind a white sheet, now they hide behind a computer screen!!! The typical racist will call names and belittle another race!! It is very sad that this mentality still exists and is on the rise in society today!!
  • by Monique Location: Tallahassee on May 4, 2011 at 06:03 AM
    I fully believe in freedom of speech; however, forums like this seem almost counterintuitive. Instead of trying to come up with solutions to problems such as drug abuse and the risks of taser guns people are debating tear tattoos?! Here's a challenge: Start making meaningful and realistic suggestions to the problems in America because it's not just a Leon County or Black problem. Thanks in advance!
  • by Tiffany Location: Florida State University on May 4, 2011 at 05:47 AM
    It is a shame that so many ignorant people post racial hate and ridiculous comments about a man they did not know. Take color out of the equation. Forget about the police and the taser controversy. At the end of the day a man died. Someone lost their son, father, brother... Where is the respect? As citizens we do not know all of the facts, and I truly believe that there are three sides to every story. Nevertheless, whatever the investigation reveals, a life was lost and nothing can be done to bring him back. I'm sure it is very easy to sit back and spew venom at others. Just remember your judgements and lack of empathy toward human life when misfortune greets you or your loved ones. May Kevin 'Sizzle' Campbell rest in peace.
  • by Valdosta Location: GA on May 2, 2011 at 01:43 PM
    In every life a little rain must fall. I sure hope that all you negative people remember that when God puts you through a storm. I wasn't there and I don't know what happened. What we do know is KC is DEAD! Be careful of the seeds that you plant....you may have to reap them one day. So glad God is the only judge because man will have you messed up!
  • by Jim Location: Gadsden County on May 1, 2011 at 05:35 PM
    Bye Kevin.
  • by Ron Location: Thomasville on May 1, 2011 at 10:21 AM
    The common thread with all black cities? The blacks greatly increase crime and then the poor cops have to walk on eggshells because of the great urban double standard. I feel sorry for you Tallahassee residents...it won't be getting any better. May I suggest a move to Utah....
  • by Clueless Location: Tallay on May 1, 2011 at 05:48 AM
    "Just Saying"...you must be using the same drugs as Sizzle was....EMT's nor TFD would not go to this scene without TPD on site. It was a dangerous situation, they are not armed to handled someone wacked out on drugs. Again, black man on drugs dies, it has to be someone else fault...it could not be his...just saying..his choice, no one elses..
  • by Just Saying? Location: Tallahassee on Apr 30, 2011 at 08:46 PM
    I strongly feels that TPD should not be the one investigation this particular crime or incident. I strongly feel that they should call in someone else to do all the autopsies for this death!!!!!! This man on drugs or not he deserves a fair and truthful investigation. He is a human being! And to the family 'Be Encourage', you deserve the truth in its fullest! TPD for everyone involved~please call in someone else to do the reporting of this crime! For God sakes!
  • by Just Saying? Location: Tallahassee on Apr 30, 2011 at 08:36 PM
    I thought that in a case of an emergency the ambulance and the fire truck was the one to arrive on the case, first. I did not see not one of those emergency vehicle there. Would it have been easier to call for an ambulance once the police got there? Or Did they not care about what he was saying to the officers? "I am not trying to resist you, I took some drug and need some water"! This sounds like a cry for help not an invitation to a crime or fight! WHY? They did not call the ambulance someone who was more experience to handle a situation of this nature.And then, the turn out could have probably been different!!!!!JUST SAYING, I thought the City had turned emergency cases over to ambulance and the fire department because the where more equipped to handle these type of situations. Should the ambulance have been called upon arriving on the scene?!!!!!!!
  • by Nicole Location: Tallahassee on Apr 30, 2011 at 08:25 PM
    Wow, so many negative comments!!! Some of you people are so quick to judge based on someone's race. I think Sizzle was a pretty good guy overall, yes everyone makes their mistakes, but that's called life. Sizzle was very good with the kids when they came into the barbershop, he was the only one that could get my son settled and calm enough to cut his hair. My condolences goes out to his family and friends, and I hope that for once the law is carried out properly.
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