Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Unfortunately, death did NOT take a holiday in Philadelphia this weekend...
1. Domestic Dispute Leaves Woman Dead and Child Stabbed:
An unidentified 30 year old man stabbed his 31 year old girlfriend, Yolanda Pickett, to death and when her 11 year old daughter tried to intervene, he stabbed her as well, according to police. The enraged man then lit himself on fire while lighting the entire house on fire too, officials said. Police found both adults dead in an upstairs bedroom.
The argument began around 10:00am in 2300 block of North 13th Street in Philadelphia. Three children, two of whom were Pickett's, were in the house at the time of the dispute. Two other children in the home ran to a neighbor's house to try and get help. The neighbor said he found Pickett's 11 year old daughter outside the house bleeding from her wounds. The injured child was taken to Christopher's Hospital for Children. Neighbors and friends gathered near the crime scene Saturday night for a candlelight vigil to remember the mother and pray for the recovery of her daughter.
2. Woman Shot More Than 10 Times (4 year old daughter also in car):
A 29 year old woman was shot and killed right in front of her 4 year old daughter Saturday night in the Nicetown section of Philadelphia, according to police.
The shooting occurred in a KFC parking lot at North Clarissa Street and W. Hunting Park Avenue, police said. Laurossa Gonzalez was shot more than 10 times in the head, neck, and torso inside of a car and left at the scene. The car, which was found abandoned a few blocks away, was towed away late Saturday night. Gonzalez's 30 year old boyfriend, Willie Scott, is behind bars and has been charged with murder and reckless endangerment. Gonzalez's 4 year old daughter was not hurt and is being taken care of by family members.
These two horrific crimes occurred over the weekend in my "fair" city. As disturbing and uber-violent as they are, what is more stunning is that nobody is shocked or outraged by these incidents. This type of thing seems to be par the course for city living.
There was a time, probably before I was born, when one of these two events, if not both, would have been front page news and people would have been talking and outraged. Nobody is too outraged and most people read these two stories while they were having their morning coffee and said, "Oh well, who won the Oscars last night?"
There was a time when I would have said that the mainstream white population doesn't care because these incidents involved African Americans and Latinos. The truth is, the African American and Latino community doesn't care either so, that takes race out of the equation. Regardless, these were human beings and when a human life is lost like this, it cheapens all of us. We all seem to be numb to these types of goings on.
Cain answered the Lord, when he asked him where his slain brother Abel was by saying, "Am I my brother's keeper? I don't know the answer to that but, it would be nice if the answer to that was yes. This numbness... this social novocaine... is killing me.