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Bookstore gathering honors local activist murdered in 1991

Posted February 21, 2011
Updated February 22, 2011

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— Family and friends gathered at the Internationalist bookstore in Chapel Hill Monday to remember Bob Sheldon, an anti-war activist who owned the store and was killed there 20 years ago.

Sheldon was an outspoken opponent of the first Gulf War and often used the bookstore as a meeting place for like-minded activists to gather. Many believe Sheldon's political views made him a target for murder.

A friend found him lying on the bookstore's floor in a pool of blood on Feb. 21, 1991. He had been shot in the head with a small-caliber weapon. He died the following day. His murder remains unsolved.

bob sheldon day Bookstore gathering honors former owner, murdered in 1991

Sheldon's sister and others packed the bookstore Monday to honor him on the 20th anniversary of his death.

"I know that the bookstore has been open for all these years," said Donna Sheldon. "It never really closed, so I knew people hadn't forgotten."

Friends said keeping the bookstore open was important to keeping Sheldon's memory and message alive.

"I think Bob's spirit of paying attention to what's going on in the world and offering alternative viewpoints, that's still alive," said William Stott.

People marched from the current store location on West Franklin Street to the previous location and murder site on Rosemary Street Monday. Internationalist Books moved in 1994.


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  • carrboroyouth Feb 23, 2011

    Really DeathRow? Because he wasn't "supporting his country?"
    And here I thought this country supported the free speech he was exercising. Show some respect... this man was murdered and you seem to be justifying it to an extent.

  • I Change This Name Daily Feb 22, 2011

    if you're not with us you hate amerika

    right deathrow?

  • BigUNCFan Feb 22, 2011

    >>Hard to feel any sympathy for someone that doesn't support their country."" Deathrow

    So Deathrow, if you don't support Obama, does that mean you "don't support your country"? Interesting question now that the show is on the other foot isn't it.

    Your comment is just more tea party nonsense.

  • nighttrain2010 Feb 22, 2011

    >>Hard to feel any sympathy for someone that doesn't support their country.

    Country is not defined as the actions of the government. The actions of the government can be at times anathema to the spirit of the country. Considering Washington's Farewell Address and Adams' Monsters to Destroy speech of 1821, I have always fallen on the side of the non-interventionist even though I would not agree with this guy being honored on ANY other issue.

    I also think it's a leap some of his 'supporters' want to take to try to tie it to the 'war' which is wrong as well.

  • trianglematt Feb 22, 2011

    Who wants to be that his killing was random, and not an act of politics. If it were an act of politics I am sure that the SBI and whomever the Democrat Attorney General was at the time would have uncovered it. Or would they have just pinned it on some unsuspected person, It is not like that has ever happened in NC before. ????

  • smcallah Feb 22, 2011

    "Hard to feel any sympathy for someone that doesn't support their country."

    Instead of just posting this simple line, why not show how he did not support his country?

    And what does "support their country" mean to you? Support the government or support the actual country?

    There are a lot of people that don't support the government today, for obvious reasons. But anyone standing up to the government when they are not being accountable to the people is supporting their country.

    I know you'll never post how he didn't support his country, since you have no idea what he did. But you just had to make a comment, didn't you?

  • 68_dodge_polara Feb 22, 2011

    What horrible odd assumptions some are making here. Not surprising considering this crowd though.

  • Snakebite Survivor Feb 22, 2011

    How sad to see a commentator describe Bob Sheldon as someone who didn't support his country. He was one of those few people willing (in the words of the founding fathers) to put his life, his fortune, and his sacred honor into setting his country straight.

  • BuglessDuster Feb 22, 2011

    What is the difference between an "activist" and "zealot" as described by the media. As far as I can tell it depends on their party affiliation and ideology.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Feb 22, 2011

    Hard to feel any sympathy for someone that doesn't support their country.