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12 June 2009

Execute them posthaste

Two dirtbags steal a cycle at gunpoint, try to elude police and crash into a crowd, killing three children and a mother? Yeah, I'd say that's worthy of the death penalty. Both are what we refer to as recidivists, prone to criminal lifestyles that end in the death of innocents. And, what do you know, one of them excused himself from juvie before killing three juveniles.
From the Inquirer's piece-incident-together story today:
"There was no time to scream," said Abby Aponte, who saw the appalling Wednesday night scene unfold. "It happened too fast."
The two girls and the baby, Remedy Smith, who would have been a year old today, were pronounced dead shortly after the 7:30 crash. The baby's mother, Latoya Smith, 22, died at Albert Einstein Medical Center yesterday morning.
A day after the crash, jagged splinters still jutted from the pole the Pontiac had struck. The steps where the bigger girls had played were shattered and askew, with flecks of blood and grease apparent. A memorial grew on the sidewalk: teddy bears, lit candles with holy pictures stuck in them, a Phillie Phanatic, a Barney doll, messages scrawled to those lost.

Of course, it's unlikely that capital punishment would be pursued (and if it were, the odds of reaching it are slim), but it's what they deserve.


Blogger AnastasiaBeaverhousen said...

How many people have to lose their lives before the system is changed and career criminals, no matter their age, are locked away forever??? I don't care if they're 18 or 80, they are unrepentent scumbags who should have been doing hard time instead of killing innocent people.

Officer John Pawlowski was not here last night to witness the birth of his son because of the failure of the American justice system. Sad.

11:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I couldn't agree more with you, Brian.

2:32 PM  
Blogger Brian Hickey said...

That's tragic. I hope she takes comfort in the fact that the child is both her and John's.

6:11 PM  

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