What do other people say about Erick?
I have known Erick since 1999, He has not once shown one ounce of violence, in that time I have known him. Erick has spent hours with my family and younger brothers making us all laugh. He has always been humorous, and caring helping many people. as long as I have known Erick he has been kind to people, and animals. He always stuck up for others and injustice as well, he has a huge heart that he hides with sarcasm. I would like to see this man continue living his life how he was and being the kind helpful caring funny person he is. —Josh Fredo
This is to testify to the character of Erick Shute, a business associate since 2013. I am a Maryland author and festival producer working with Erick for the last few years. I met him while he was the lead singer for a metal band in the NY/ NJ area. During that time it was clear that he was receiving a regular diet of verbal abuse from other members in the band, specifically the leader. Not only was he not being paid for his time with this band, they were expecting him to invest in the band. I hope I was influential in Erick leaving this group. Harassment and no money are two good reasons to leave. During this time Erick was helping me promote my books online and working with me to develop a music festival in Texas. We were not successful, so we switched tracks to another festival which we had some degree of success finding investors. However, I decided to go with a different group capable of funding the entire project. Erick and I worked together over phone,and email for many months. Not once during that time did he ever raise his voice or show anger. Over the last 40 years in business, I have learned that when you work with someone for an extended time, you understand the basic character of a person. We were also friends and discussed many personal aspects of life and relationships. During this time it was obvious that Erick was not rich and with having to depend on others for transportation, and going back and forth form West Virginia to New Jersey, these were tough times for him. I bought him a computer because his was no longer functional. I paid him for promoting my books online. Erick would recommend homeopathic health remedies and explain the benefits of eating organic, healthy foods, which he practiced himself. While living in WV, I know he was a good son helping his mother on their property. I do not have any reason to believe he took drugs or drank alcoholic beverages. He was sane, normal without hate. He never spoke of threatening anyone or making any claims of violence. He was peaceful the entire time I knew him. When his mother contacted me about the horrible incident on their property, learning some about the low-lifes he confronted. There is no question in my mind that Erick was defending himself and his families’ property. This man would never just shoot someone or contemplate in advance hurting someone. Laws protect the innocent and this nation protects those defending themselves against violent robbers. It is a good thing Erick had a gun with him or he could be dead today. The fact that a 4th man ran off with the other culprit’s weapons indicts them. Erick is one of the finest people I have ever known without any malice of intention to hurt others. He is a lover not a hater. He has already endured a hell by dealing with these horrible known thieves and being imprisoned for doing what any decent law-abiding person would have done, defended themselves and their property. West Virginia law protects him and I am 100% sure Erick will be fully vindicated once the truth is made known in a court of law. He will still have this catastrophic experience on his conscience the rest of his life, a penalty he does not deserve but will have to deal with. I am hoping his incarceration ends just as soon as he has his day in court. Erick is a rare, good man. Hal Davidson, MD
I have known Erick for about 17 years and I have never known him to be violent not even once he is a very kind hearted person we have hung out numerous times we have gone fishing to karaoke and sometimes I would just come over hang out stay the night and never once did I see anything that made me scared or never did I feel threatened or worried he has always been a good friend…. Herb, Quinton, NJ
Erick did the community a favor by dealing with these drug dealing thieves. They have stolen from me several thousands of dollars’ worth of tools, gasoline, building materials etc. in just the past four years then they sell it to get their drug money. I have known Erick for many years and he is not a violet person. These thieves were packing heat and had to threaten his life for him to react the way he did, I have no doubts about it…. Jeff Blithe
I have been a Facebook friend of Erick’s since 2012. Though we haven’t ever met in person, I do believe you can get a good feel for someone online. He never came across to me as violent or unstable. I have a hard time believing there isn’t more to this story and I believe over time the rest of it will come out. Our justice system was built on the premise of innocent until proven guilty. Unfortunately, sensationalism sells and the media has become more like reality TV. Self-defense doesn’t make good headlines or get ratings… crazy gunman does. I wasn’t there. I haven’t talked to Erick. I do not know what really happened. All I am saying is what if it was you? What if something happened and you were forced into a kill or be killed situation? Would you hope people would pause, wait and step back before judging and crucifying you? I sure would. -Sarah Barendse, FL
I have known Erick since 1998. I was immediately attracted to his smile and how polite, well mannered, and easy going he was. Despite being a few years younger than me, Erick was intelligent and sensitive and he quickly became one of my close friends. He had been bullied in school and because of this he was fiercely loyal to his family and small group of friends. He was always supportive and caring of all of us, no matter what direction our lives were taking. He always kept in touch and even greeted my parents warmly if he happened to see them. In all the years I have known him, he has never shown any aggressive behavior or potential for violence and I don’t believe that he would be capable of violence unless he or someone he loved was threatened. Julie Moore, NJ
My name is Gregory and I am going to tell you about Erick Shute. He is a good man and is easy to get along with and I feel that those people were going to hurt him bad. He does carry himself like a bad guy. He is easy going with everyone. I know had to provoke him to make him do what he did. Gregory Riggs, Inwood, WV.
Hey there, my name is Steven, I am writing to tell everyone that Erick Shute is a good man and I feel that he is guilty of Self Defense not murder. He was protecting himself, his family, and should be found Not Guilty of Murder charges. Steven Rogers