Joel Bentley was fatally shot July 5 in a Clearing neighborhood parking lot. Reader “LaShanda” posted this about him:
Joel was a man who’s life was deserving of a better summary than all the stories I’ve read and it has been over a month. Joel’s past may not have been one without many faults and darkness, but I am a witness that there was a change in him that is not being spoken of. He helped a lot people and had become a positive influence to many who were less fortunate than him. He was a part of a new circle that embraced him without prejudice of his past or affiliations and in return he left us with only good memories of him. The BIR CNC Team definitely lost a valuable player.