Monday, February 18, 2013

Monday Addition

Several people sent this one in. While it meets criteria for the count, I'm not happy about it in general.

Demetrius Murphy identifed as Gravois Park shooting victim
ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - A south St. Louis shooting victim has been identified.

Police say 15-year-old Demetrius Murphy and 17-year-old Michael Bryant were attempting to burglarize a home in Gravois Park just before 1:30 a.m. when one of them was shot by a resident of the home.

When officers arrived at the home in the 3700 block of Tennessee Avenue, they found Murphy dead of a gunshot wound.

Listening to the video embedded in the linked story, it sounds like this might be one of those cases of kids doing stupid things and paying a heavy price for it. Then again, it's not exactly balanced - they interviewed the boy's grandfather - who obviously has emotional attachment to the case, as well as someone who lived in the area. The news story is trying to paint the homeowner as some sort of Dirty Harry wannabe, but authorities are not as open-and-shut.

The problem is, when someone's breaking into your house it's damn near impossible to gauge whether they're just some fifteen year old kid being egged on by an older friend or someone with more sinister motives. You've got to be willing to bet your life - and the lives of everyone in your house - that the person trying to jimmy open your back door is only looking for a few big ticket items to grab and go rather than cause you harm.

Tough as it may be, the penalty for guessing wrong is even worse.

Dead Goblin Count: 368

That is all.


Ed said...

If someone is breaking into your home, it is not time to conduct an interview to determine their motivation, socioeconomic status, and whether they are trying to turn their lives around when they are breaking into homes.

Rob said...

Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.

Cargosquid said...

This was no choir boy. He was part of the group that got the term "knock out game" recognized nationally.