Organization looks to raise domestic violence awareness after Bianca Tanner’s death

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The man who confessed to killing his girlfriend, a former Guilford County teacher, will appear before a judge for an arraignment Monday.

WSOC-TV was there when Angelo Smith Jr. was taken into custody wearing his Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity shirt.

Police sources said it was Smith’s fraternity brother who led investigators to what they believe is Bianca Tanner’s body.

This action linked Smith to thousands of members of Greek organizations all across the country.

Organization looks to raise domestic violence awareness after Bianca Tanner's death

And, some say it gave fraternities as a whole a black eye.

“It kind of gave a negative connotation and stereotype of what Greek organizations are about and it was not a good look for our community,” says Ty Turner with Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.

Turner says that prompted his organization to do something positive.

Omega Psi Phi is planning to hold a rally this week in the hopes of bringing awareness to domestic violence within the community.

Turner says he knew Bianca Tanner and Angelo Smith quite well during their college days in Greensboro. He never imagined this tragedy.

Turner says the rally will not only celebrate a young life taken away too soon, but will also shine the spotlight on abusive relationships, and encourage everyone who might be involved in one to get help.

Turner says he also wants to make it clear the focus of Greek organizations is community and service.

The Domestic Violence Rally will be held Wednesday, July 9, at the Little Rock Cultural Center on North McDowell Street at 7 p.m.

21 comments

  • Jamie

    Thank God for all the organizations coming together to spread awareness about domestic violence. However, the statement that the situation “gave some fraternities as a whole a black eye” is understandable but not that important then a beautiful life, mother, sister, aunt and teacher being taken away. Domestic violence is a community issue as a whole and needs to stop.

  • S

    The fact that this person is a member of a Greek fraternity does not necessarily give the organizations a black eye, because him being a member does not correlate with this horrible crime , but if the organizations choose to use this tragedy to bring attention to domestic abuse that is a good thing. Praying for the family and her young child.

    • KC

      It is indeed tragic that this young lady was murdered and her and her family, especially her son, should be the primary focus here. However, a member of a fraternity for 25 years, I disagree tht this one act gives all of as as a Greek community a, “black eye.” Anyone who thinks this this man who appears to be a murder, is representive of all of us is a fool. NPHC organizations have done great things for well over 100 years and our organizations, like all fraternal organizations, have that .5% that does wrong. Their actions in no way out shine all of the good the 99.9 % do as fathers, mothers, husbands, wives, and leaders in our communities. Any person who is prone to over-generalizing thousands of people because one person kills someone, surely will not be dissuaded by a rally. But I DO applaud them for planning any program that hopefully will help reduce instances of domestic violence.

      • Ty Raid @WM2793

        Hey lightning, you know that adds up to 100.4% right I guess KAPs aren’t so good at math either.

  • K. Garner

    What a crock, they are jumping on the coat tails of this case to get attention for themselves.

  • FaithC

    Why they are doing this is of no concern. What is important, is that anything that brings domestic violence into the spot light is a plus.
    Abuse is learned behavior, as is excepting it.

    • Turkessa Greene

      Regardless of whether they are doing this to gain attention or not is NOT important at all! . The important thing is the message that they are spreading. If this rally convinces ONE person to walk away from an abusive relationship and possibly saves at least ONE life then their message will NOT have been in vain. The point of the rally (if you read the article) is to bring awareness to DV in the community. We need more events like this so that we can help to prevent the next old little boy from having to grow up without his mother. We have seen too many parents have to bury their child as a result of DV. Instead of dogging out the Greeks for trying to bring attention to this major issue, how about you contact them and find out what you can do to help spread the word so that maybe we can prevent another tragedy like this one!

  • Ty Raid @WM2793

    Any college student can tell you the KAPs are nothing more than a gang in greek attire .
    Why does it suprise anyone that a member of the KAPs would do something like this.

    • HDPillars

      A gang in Greek attire??? Really….I guess this “gang” that produced such outstanding African American men as Bill Russell, Arthur Ashe, Johnny Cochran, Wilt Chamberlain, Tom Bradley and Robert Johnson among others is solely responsible for that actions of one problematic member. A 103 year old organization consisting of 250,000 college educated members has been relegated to a street gang in your opinion. Don’t get me wrong, what happened to that teacher is tragic beyond belief, but to stereotype an organization in the aftermath of this tragedy is incredibly irresponsible and narrow minded. I really hope you don’t cast the same derogatory opinions of other greek letter organizations because that would be equally pathetic.

      • Ty Raid @WM2793

        Mask it anyway you want a few good apples ,lot of bad ones .
        Promoting anti-white disinformation.

    • KC

      Ty Raid you clearly no NOTHING about Kappa Alpha Psi if you think that way. This organization, like all NPHC organizations, are represented by law enforcement officers, lawyers, judges, doctors, accountants, educators, athletes, bankers, therapists, city managers, sales people, business owners, military men, clergy, and are leaders in the community. This ONE person is clearly a bad apple. But as I said in an earlier post, any onen who is foolish enough to think that ONE person’s actions represent Kappa’s, Omega’s, Alpha’s, Sigmas, AKA’s, Deltas, or Zeta’s is grossly misinformed.

  • meech

    Well I love it because with awareness comes empowerment. Would be awesome for all frats to be there to show the UNITY.

    • Ty Raid @WM2793

      # you’re an idiot, twitter someone who cares. by the way what did the bring back our girls awareness campaign do.

  • rusworth

    What does the Fraternity has to do with his actions? Clearly its being a focal point due to the fact he’s wearing his shirt. People will do the most to make this relate to others. Factors instead of accepting the truth. I assume being a teacher plays a part. So fed up with Media and People!!!

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