COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - City of Columbia Councilman Moe Baddourah issued a second letter regarding the issues at Allen Benedict Court apartments where two men were found dead and more than 400 residents were forced to evacuate due to hazardous conditions.
Baddourah's letter Wednesday was in regard to a possible criminal investigation into the Columbia Housing Authority and again calls for the executive director Gilbert Walker and others to resign following the deaths of 62-year-old Calvin Witherspoon, Jr., and 31-year-old Derrick Caldwell Roper. Their bodies were discovered on Jan. 17 and prompted the evacuation of all 26 buildings in Allen Benedict Court apartments.
The Richland County Coroner’s Office has confirmed that their deaths were caused by carbon monoxide poisoning.
“Two people died and hundreds of lives were upended, apparently due to negligence," Baddourah’s letter said. "That’s something we must take seriously.”
In a letter dated Jan. 18 and addressed to the city council and Mayor Steve Benjamin, Baddourah asked for “a resignation or resignations are in order, including the resignation of the Authority director.”
“It’s important to have confidence in the Authority’s leadership during the process of finding accommodations for those who have been displaced. Furthermore, citizens should have the peace of mind that adequate accountability is in place to prevent a similar tragedy in the future,” the Jan. 18 letter concluded.
You can read his latest letter here: