On August 29, 2013, Javon Sanchez Booker entered a convenience store "all covered up." He jumped over the counter and began beating the clerk, in an attempt to rob him.
Now, if my research is correct, Mr. Booker had met with law enforcement previously. Cocaine Possession with Intent to Sell or Distribute. Felony Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. All in his short 21 years.
The store clerk, in fear for his life, drew his firearm and shot at the robber. The robber collapsed about a block away, where he died.
This is not an event to celebrate. Although the clerk is within his rights to celebrate the fact that he is still alive, the fact that someone else died, though justified, should not be celebrated.
I have no doubt that the robber's friends and family loved him, are mourning, and will miss him. That is a natural response. I don't blame the family at all. It's unfortunate that they have to go through this heartbreak.
Unfortunately, this was a young man who caused hurt and heartache to other people by spreading drugs and violence. I wonder how many people were hurt by what he did?
That's why I can't understand why an organization called Mothers of Murdered Offspring would hold an ant-violence vigil (if the media is to be believed) in honor of the robber's life. I bet this is one vigil the police did not attend. At least not at first.
The irony of this anti-violence vigil is that, as it was wrapping up, a shooting broke out. Four people were injured.
I don't think we need to celebrate his death. But to have an anti-violence organization celebrate the life of a criminal, who died while trying to rob and beat an innocent man, just makes no sense.