No thanks to several delinquent teen boys from Simon Gratz High School, South Philadelphia has lost one of its long time residents. Sean Conroy, 36, manager at a local Starbucks, died of a fatal asthma attack brought on by blunt force trauma while waiting for his train at the 13th and Market subway stop. The murder occurred on March 26th.
What’s particularly troublesome to city residents and frequent Septa riders is that the homicide occurred in the middle of the afternoon in a relatively busy and seemingly well-patrolled area.
16 year-old Kinta Stanton has been charged as an adult with Sean Conroy’s death. His accomplices: Ameer Best, 17; Arthur Alston, 16; Rasheen Bell, 16; and Nashir Fisher, 16, will hopefully be charged with murder as well.
As a writer who tends to get a message across with as few words as possible, I am deeply saddened by such cruel and hateful actions by city youth. My heart goes out to Sean’s fiancée, family and neighbors.
I also wonder: what can be done to prevent such attacks in the future? What can we do to teach city youth that violence is not the answer?