Welcome to the Joseph Adetula Foundation Official Website
Making a Difference
It’s the 4th
of July, 2005 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. This is a night for celebration in most homes. It’s
a time when most families are happily enjoying each other’s company. This is
not true for the family of Dayo Adetula. This night, tragedy has touched his
His son, Joseph, was walking
home from the convenience store. He never made it there. He was shot nine times
by unknown killers at approximately . His life was abruptly ended at the prime of his life. Joseph was
eighteen when he passed away.
It is a nightmare that his
loving family has yet to recover from. They are unable to get over their grief
because to this date their son’s killers have not been identified. All they
could find out was that the killers used a tan or gold vehicle. There have been
witnesses to come forward and help them find out who did this.
The police have also been
unable to make much headway in this case with so little evidence and no one who
can give more information on what actually happened. Detective Jeff Felton has
asked anybody with any knowledge that may help the police to close this case to
please contact him. They are guaranteed anonymity so that they need not be
afraid to talk and help bring these people to justice.
What makes the families grief
even harder to bear is hearing news such as the case against Mr. James Yang,
who has been charged with animal cruelty in Muskogee, Oklahoma. Here, even with all the evidence showing that he
was doing nothing more than protecting his property, Mr. Yang is facing trial
on September 13, 2006
for shooting 2 dogs that trespassed on his property and were harassing his
livestock in the middle of the night late in March.
So much attention was given
to the death of the two dogs that Mr. James Yang may end up in prison, justly
or not. Joseph Adetula is a person, not a dog, yet no one will pay for the
crime. The killers continue to roam free, justice un-served.
Losing a loved one is never
easy, human or animal, but aren’t our children more precious to us than our
pets? There is no greater pain to a parent than losing the child that they
thought would outlive them. It is difficult enough to deal with losing them,
but when they are lost so senselessly, so abruptly – no words can express the
depths of their sorrow.
Joseph Adetula was the
victim of a senseless, violent crime – a drive by shooting. His killers are
most likely also in their teens. That is another tragedy – that the children
are growing up to believe violence is ok.
The Adetula family has
created the Joseph Adetula foundation that aims to turn young people into the
positive leaders of their communities by helping them achieve positive futures
by showing them how much the youth matters; and how to avoid the negative
things tempting them everyday. The foundation also aims to help other victims
and families heal from similar tragedies, as they too grieve and try to make a
difference through their son’s loss.