When the drive through is deadly

18 killed by cars in restaurants since 2016

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Cecil Patterson, the third speaker at the August 20 joint funeral of Christopher and Clay Ruffin, seemed like an unlikely person to eulogize the brothers.

Patterson didn’t drive buses with Chris, 58, at Fike High School, or dote on the 62-year-old Clay’s little granddaughter the way that her proud Papa did. As a white man in a short-sleeved salmon button-down shirt, Patterson stood out at L.N. Forbes Original Free Will Baptist Tabernacle, a predominantly Black church in Wilson, North Carolina.


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