A 25-year-old man was robbed, beaten, kicked and stabbed to death 30 or 40 times by a teenager, as about 10 passengers on the Washington, D.C., Metro train watched in terror and horror.
After the 18-year-old finished stomping and stabbing the life out of Kevin Joseph Sutherland, he began demanding money and wallets from some of the other passengers. He then got off at the next stop.
No more than three minutes had passed. It takes about three minutes to get from Fullerton to North/Clybourn on the Red Line.
From the riveting Washington Post story on the July 4 murder:
“We were in a moving train,” said a 52-year-old woman, who spoke on the condition that she not be named because she is both a victim and a witness to a crime. “You’re not really sure what you need to do. . . . This man is holding a bloody knife. I don’t think anyone was going to try and stop him.”
The Chicago Tribune reports that all the Internet heroes are weighing in about how they would have singlehandedly stopped this horrific crime. One said he would have hit the assailant with his backpack; another would have used his "defensive keychain (Monkey fist)"; and a female "would yell at him." And of course some of those heroes opined that if only concealed carry were allowed on the CTA, one good shot could have stopped him.
All those Internet heroes out there, who weren't on the train. Oh, so brave!
But seriously, ask yourself, "What would you do?" I like to think that I would do something, but I just honestly don't know. Especially since the young punk was menacing other passengers after (allegedly) killing Sutherland. I'd like to think that at least I would press the call button, but you have to be on the right end of the rail car.
So what would you do?
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