Fatal Ray City Knife Battle Results From Tossing Hat After Church

The Thursday, June 14, 1951 edition of the Nashville Herald reported on the tragic death of 16-year old “Son” Foster.

Nashville Herald
Thursday, June 14, 1951

“Son” Foster Dies from Knife Wound; Negro is Jailed

    “Son” Foster, 16 year old negro of Lois District, bled to death Sunday from a three inch knife wound in his chest, according to Sheriff J.R. Nix.
    Sheriff Nix said that eyewitnesses stated that the wound was received in a knife battle. Eugene Harris, Negro, has been charged with murder and lodged in the Berrien County jail as a result of the fight.
    The Sheriff stated that the fight occurred near Ray City shortly after the two men had returned from church. The brawl after an argument over which of the two men had lost a game they had been playing by tossing a hat.
    Harris is expected to be called for trial on the second Monday of September.

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