So much for good samaritans.

It’s wonderful when communities organize and encourage individuals to speak up without fear to fight local crime. This morning’s news, however, illustrates exactly why people are reluctant to intervene and take on the “I didn’t see anything” attitude. Seven people were murdered in Philadelphia last night, three of them all linked to one incident (article).

A couple went out for a walk in their Fern Rock neighborhood. They returned home and their motion sensor light went on, revealing a man raping a woman at gunpoint. They tried to help the woman, and now all three are dead. The only good news here is that police managed to arrest a suspect.

One less murderer and rapist on the streets, thanks to two good samaritans who sacrificed their lives.

What of everyone else? The Fox morning newscast I watched mentioned that Philadelphia police are hoping the change in seasons reduces the high rate of violent crime. I know they’re trying, however, “hey, fall is coming, that will take care of it” is an absolutely pathetic statement and unacceptable as a solution.

2 Comments so far

  1. Melyni (unregistered) on August 31st, 2006 @ 10:48 am

    That is very disturbing and heartbreaking. He also killed the woman he was raping?

  2. jen (unregistered) on August 31st, 2006 @ 10:55 am

    yes, he shot the couple and then the woman he was raping – twice.

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