Arlington shooting underscores need to understand law

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Many people will sympathize with an Arlington, WA man who fired a couple of shots at a burglary suspect who later turned up dead with jewelry belonging homeowner's wife in his pocket, because the homeowner has now been arrested for investigation of second-degree murder.
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KRJ

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Nov 21, 2009
 
I fail to understand why the fact that Ryan Rzechula had a criminal history makes any difference in this case. Having been burglarized myself, I can understand the anger and frustration of the homeowner. However, to chase someone down off of ones property and shoot them twice in the back leaving them there to die is just plain sick. Warning shots my ass. I don't care what Keira Earhart has done for the community nor how "gentle and compassionate" people claim he is, this man is not dealing with a full deck. I wonder how he'll live the rest of his life with the blood of this young man on his hands.
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Nov 22, 2009
 
We have known this man over the last couple years, and for the time we have known him he has been a kind and gentle, proactive person defending children and finding resources in the community for children. Always when we have seen him he is helping someone. He has promoted the well being of many children, behind the scenes in this community, asking very little for himself. He deserves the best support system and defense available. The judicial system has a responsibility to evaluate on logical merit and the higher purpose of the laws, are they serving the community? His life work with children should continue, and a felony charge would prevent that. It would be a shame to the community to harm the heart of such a kind man.
Just wa;lk in the shoes of another man for a minute, What would you really have done, had you just been confronted with someone violating the sacred security of your home and family. Now if you were in the same situation, knowing of the possible violence your family and neighbors may be subject to with a person who has no regard for your family. Keira's character is that of a Protector. he followed all the legal steps necessary, that he could and must have been under extreme distress, realizing the individual was still violating his environment. With the revolving door of criminals allowed to violate human rights with minor punishment, when does a person have the right to say no, stop. I know that Earhart did not intend in shooting or harming the thief, but just to stop him. There's got to be more facts in this case that warrant a Strong defense in his favor. He's just too good of a person to be persecuted for defending the community and his family. It’s just not in his character not to be compassionate to “all” people. It must have been an accident.
He has lead the talking circle, He has learned and shared his life with and of others. He is humble. He has fostered community and culture, and children. He should continue. He will need to become whole again. He will always carry this in his heart. He is an Honorable person. He is suffering and full of sorrow for what has occurred, we would expect that. We are sorrowful with him. Our hearts go out to the family of Rzechula. We are sorrowful you must suffer this loss. He will carry on in many hearts, and may he have a safe journey to the Great Spirit.
Michelle Ochoa
Can you Honestly Judge?
Pray don't find fault with the man who
limps or stumbles along the road
Unless you have worn the shoes he wears
or struggled beneath his load
There may be tacks in his shoes that hurt
though hidden from view;
Or the burden he bears placed on your back
might cause you to stumble too.
Don't sneer at the man who is down today
unless you have felt the blow
That caused his fall or felt the shame
that only the fallen know.
You may be strong, but still the blows that
were his; if dealt to you
At the self-same way at the very same time
may cause you to stagger too.
Don't be too harsh with the man you think sins
or pelt him with words or stones;
Unless you are sure, yes doubly sure;
that you have no sins of your own.
Note section of Murder 2 bold the sections iii and iv because , if he knew the burglar was stealing guns, and was in the process of obtaining his, he and everyone are in imminent danger. And he must have believed he was likely to conduct or engage in conduct likely in death…for god sakes he was stealing a gun.
Again, I must say that breaking into someone’s home and/or stealing is not a theft of property, it is a theft of spirit, of security, of safety for your family. It is our great-full duty to protect these of those we love.(Everyone)
I do not believe Keira attempted to cause death to anyone.
I listened to a young child’s prayer today, they said” I pray that what is right is the truth. I pray the court will see the truth.”
Michelle Ochoa
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Michelle Ochoa

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Nov 22, 2009
 
We have known this man over the last couple years, and for the time we have known him he has been a kind and gentle, proactive person defending children and finding resources in the community for children. Always when we have seen him he is helping someone. He has promoted the well being of many children, behind the scenes in this community, asking very little for himself. He deserves the best support system and defense available. The judicial system has a responsibility to evaluate on logical merit and the higher purpose of the laws, are they serving the community? His life work with children should continue, and a felony charge would prevent that. It would be a shame to the community to harm the heart of such a kind man.
Just wa;lk in the shoes of another man for a minute, What would you really have done, had you just been confronted with someone violating the sacred security of your home and family. Now if you were in the same situation, knowing of the possible violence your family and neighbors may be subject to with a person who has no regard for your family. Keira's character is that of a Protector. he followed all the legal steps necessary, that he could and must have been under extreme distress, realizing the individual was still violating his environment. With the revolving door of criminals allowed to violate human rights with minor punishment, when does a person have the right to say no, stop. I know that Earhart did not intend in shooting or harming the thief, but just to stop him. There's got to be more facts in this case that warrant a Strong defense in his favor. He's just too good of a person to be persecuted for defending the community and his family. It’s just not in his character not to be compassionate to “all” people. It must have been an accident.
He has lead the talking circle, He has learned and shared his life with and of others. He is humble. He has fostered community and culture, and children. He should continue. He will need to become whole again. He will always carry this in his heart. He is an Honorable person. He is suffering and full of sorrow for what has occurred, we would expect that. We are sorrowful with him. Our hearts go out to the family of Rzechula. We are sorrowful you must suffer this loss. He will carry on in many hearts, and may he have a safe journey to the Great Spirit.

Michelle Ochoa


Can you Honestly Judge?
Pray don't find fault with the man who
limps or stumbles along the road
Unless you have worn the shoes he wears
or struggled beneath his load
There may be tacks in his shoes that hurt
though hidden from view;
Or the burden he bears placed on your back
might cause you to stumble too.
Don't sneer at the man who is down today
unless you have felt the blow
That caused his fall or felt the shame
that only the fallen know.
You may be strong, but still the blows that
were his; if dealt to you
At the self-same way at the very same time
may cause you to stagger too.
Don't be too harsh with the man you think sins
or pelt him with words or stones;
Unless you are sure, yes doubly sure;
that you have no sins of your own.

Murder 2 , please bold the sections , a, iii and iv because , if he knew the burglar was stealing guns, and was in the process of obtaining his, he and everyone are in imminent danger. And he must have believed he was likely to conduct or engage in conduct likely in death…for god sakes he was stealing a gun.
Again, I must say that breaking into someone’s home and/or stealing is not a theft of property, it is a theft of spirit, of security, of safety for your family. It is our great-full duty to protect these of those we love.(Everyone, especially Veterans)

I do not believe Keira attempted to cause death to anyone.

I listened to a young child’s prayer today, they said” I pray that what is right is the truth. I pray the court will see the truth.”

Michelle Ochoa
Arijan Clark

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Nov 24, 2009
 

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"What would you really have done, had you just been confronted with someone violating the sacred security of your home and family."

Michelle, I hope I would have the grace not to fire a handgun at a fleeing man who had stolen a few handfuls of jewelry from my family, whether I meant to kill him or otherwise.

I grew up with Ryan Rzechula. We went to the same middle school and high school, and attended a lot of the same classes. We were never close--he used to tease me for reading in class, and I thought he was a bit of a jerk, as teenage girls will. But the last time I checked, that wasn't a killing offense, and neither is a petty act of unarmed robbery.

If a man strikes you on one cheek, turn the other. Give him your cloak if he asks for it, give him a drink of water if he needs it, and for heaven's sake, don't imagine that breaking and entering is worth snuffing out the offender's life. America makes a lot of noise about being a spiritual, neighborly nation. Let's at least try to uphold that ideal.
Michelle

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I agree with what you have said, personally, but had I been robbed before I may be under undue stress, and I may react differently if I felt i was being targeted and my family was in imminent danger, the original offender was in the process of stealing his gun when he was interrupted by Earhart coming home, never would I say it was over some jewelry. Many would always be the defense of the protection of family and community. Earhart is the kind of guy to turn the other cheek, give their children a cloak, give them water and sustenance. There are some different stories out there, and I refer to the first one, where Mr. Earhart was reported as saying he shot two warning shots. I beleive him, because he is an honest person. An accident, or a misfire, or a ricochet, or that by another, is not a deliberate shooting. It is ironic that the accused murderer has been the the protector and advocate for the chidren of the character of the thief in OUR community. When we are so helpless in our communities, despite law, despite anything to defend the most sacred things..our families, our children, others children.all children from the abuse and neglect of drug abusers.. In a moments notice.... warning shots, unintended in harm, are far from unconsiderable from a Protector of the community and a trained advocate under extreme undue stress caused by the original offender.
Arijan Clark

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Nov 25, 2009
 
Sadly, there is no such thing as a harmless warning shot. A responsible gun owner knows that any shot fired from a gun in the direction of a human being has a chance of striking that person--and that a gunshot wound can kill. Mr. Earhart is certified to own his gun, and should know that it is a serious tool and should be used with great caution. Had the gun gone off in his hand while being casually displayed to an acquaintance, that would be a misfire and an accident. When you chase a human being, aim a gun at him, and pull the trigger, that is a deliberate shot, warning or otherwise, and the results here were tragic.

I am pleased to hear that Mr. Earhart has been a help to the children of your community. But he was not defending his home, his children, or anything else sacred when he chose to seek out Mr. Rzechula and fire a gun at him. They were some distance from the Earhart home at the time, and Mr. Rzechula was not posing a threat to the Earharts. He was not abusing their children. He had their stolen property on his person, property he wrongly took from them, and that is all.

Mr. Earhart may be a wonderful kind of guy, but he didn't turn the other cheek when it mattered the most to the family of a very troubled young man. He had hours to calm down and cooperate with the police after the break-in, but he chose to use them to take the law into his own hands. Just as Mr. Rzechula should have faced reasonable consequences for his act of burglary, as a citizen of the civilized United States of America, Mr. Earhart must face the consequences of what he chose to do.
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Yeah sorry this man that you claim to be gentle is a killer and deserves to sit in jail for the rest of his stupid life. Ryan may have made some bad choices but I dont believe for one second what this guy is saying happend. I feel sorry for Ryans family that they will never get to see him again. What an ass whole that guy is.
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Sweet... another low life with a criminal history that the tax payers don't have to pay to keep in jail.

As for the guy who shot him, nice shooting and I'll be happy to pay my tax dollars to keep a roof over your head and keep you fed should you end up in jail for killing this drain on society. Hope you beat the charges and you're in my prayers.
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KRJ wrote:
I fail to understand why the fact that Ryan Rzechula had a criminal history makes any difference...
You sound like a burglar to me. I hope Ryan Rzechula is rotting in hell, and that you'll be there soon to join him.

Have a nice day :)
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WOW! That is a rediculously terrible thing to say. I hope you seek out couseling for your apparent anger issues! What right do you have to say that you hope Ryan is rotting in hell? You didn't know him, nor do you know the history to his issues. Do you have any idea the struggle he had been through trying to get out of drugs? Well, to help better educate you, Ryan had been to rehab three different times. While obviously in the end the drugs won the battle, and Ryan unfortunaely paid the price to these choices, his death was in no way justified.

If this was your son, or your brother, or your ex, would you have a different view on what you beleived was fair restitution?

Before one makes their judgment about anothers character based on media influence, they really should do the research to see all sides to the issue.

While Ryan's death may seem justified to many of you, honestly ask yourself, would you hunt down a man for three hours, off of your property, one who posed no harm or threat, shoot him,(allegedly unknowingly)and leave him for dead?

While I do beleive in the right to bare arms, especially in a situation that were to threaten my family; there is no justification for pursuing an unthreatening burglar and killing him in cold blood. If this man truly didn't mean to kill Ryan, and apparently doesn't know the difference between a warning shot and a fatal shot, then he would have no problem feeling deep remorse or asking forgiveness from Ryan's family.

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Dec 23, 2009
 
YOu don't have to know him to judge his character, all you have to do is search his name in the Washington Court Records. Sadly for him, his chances ran out. I have children and I have had family members hooked on drugs. It is scary, but it is the risk they take to support the ugly evil habit. "An unthreatening burglar"? are you serious! Being burglarized is one of the most frightening things a person can go thru! Twice in one day on top of it!? Are you kidding me!? I would have shot him in a heartbeat, granted I wouldn't have tracked him down, I don't think but no telling where one's terrorized mind would be at that point!
Caitlin Nash"]WOW! That is a rediculously terrible thing to say. I hope you seek out couseling for your apparent anger issues! What right do you have to say that you hope Ryan is rotting in hell? You didn't know him, nor do you know the history to his issues. Do you have any idea the struggle he had been through trying to get out of drugs? Well, to help better educate you, Ryan had been to rehab three different times. While obviously in the end the drugs won the battle, and Ryan unfortunaely paid the price to these choices, his death was in no way justified.
If this was your son, or your brother, or your ex, would you have a different view on what you beleived was fair restitution?
Before one makes their judgment about anothers character based on media influence, they really should do the research to see all sides to the issue.
While Ryan's death may seem justified to many of you, honestly ask yourself, would you hunt down a man for three hours, off of your property, one who posed no harm or threat, shoot him,(allegedly unknowingly)and leave him for dead?
While I do beleive in the right to bare arms, especially in a situation that were to threaten my family; there is no justification for pursuing an unthreatening burglar and killing him in cold blood. If this man truly didn't mean to kill Ryan, and apparently doesn't know the difference between a warning shot and a fatal shot, then he would have no problem feeling deep remorse or asking forgiveness from Ryan's family.
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Dec 23, 2009
 
Spiritual and neighborly, but not a bunch of drones that are just all groovy and stuff with strangers coming into our homes uninvited, twice in one day! Apparently you haven't had much experience with having you sanctuary violated or live in fear someone will come back in the middle of the night and maybe this time rape your teen aged daughter and slit someones throat. Don't you watch the news. I pretty sure the general concensus isn't "oh gee, maybe he is a nice little burglar!" "Maybe he was a great guy in high school!, therefore I shall not feel fear" Sorry folks you don't get the criminals "nice" history while he is committing a crime. Shoot.Arijan Clark""What would you really have done, had you just been confronted with someone violating the sacred security of your home and family."
Michelle, I hope I would have the grace not to fire a handgun at a fleeing man who had stolen a few handfuls of jewelry from my family, whether I meant to kill him or otherwise.
I grew up with Ryan Rzechula. We went to the same middle school and high school, and attended a lot of the same classes. We were never close--he used to tease me for reading in class, and I thought he was a bit of a jerk, as teenage girls will. But the last time I checked, that wasn't a killing offense, and neither is a petty act of unarmed robbery.
If a man strikes you on one cheek, turn the other. Give him your cloak if he asks for it, give him a drink of water if he needs it, and for heaven's sake, don't imagine that breaking and entering is worth snuffing out the offender's life. America makes a lot of noise about being a spiritual, neighborly nation. Let's at least try to uphold that ideal.
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Dec 23, 2009
 
Sarah, that would be a**hole, not ass whole.
I feel sorry for Ryan's family as well. It isn't their fault Ryan put himself in a high risk life style. What happened to Ryan is not a surprise and not uncommon in his chosen lifestyle.
sarah wrote:
Yeah sorry this man that you claim to be gentle is a killer and deserves to sit in jail for the rest of his stupid life. Ryan may have made some bad choices but I dont believe for one second what this guy is saying happend. I feel sorry for Ryans family that they will never get to see him again. What an ass whole that guy is.
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Island_Hunter wrote:
Sweet... another low life with a criminal history that the tax payers don't have to pay to keep in jail.
As for the guy who shot him, nice shooting and I'll be happy to pay my tax dollars to keep a roof over your head and keep you fed should you end up in jail for killing this drain on society. Hope you beat the charges and you're in my prayers.
You are SICK. You are the type of person who surely knows nothing of life and nothing of the struggle of addiction. Not only are you stupid and conceited and above all,IGNORANT, but you are heartless... and THAT is sad. I knew Ryan well, and Im an addict myself, and the struggle is beyond any nightmare I have ever had or heard of. It is on-going viscious cycle that covers my world in darkness-- but no man or woman deserves to die- PERIOD. Whether they do make a mistake or two-- which IM POSITIVE you have MANY skeletons in your own closet-- no child of God deserves to be hunt down and murdered like an animal. You are a heartless, disgusting person and you will never be forgiven for your words and your sick and twisted mind. You disgust me
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May 24, 2010
 
Put me on the jury. "Not guilty" if you die in the commition of a crime, too bad for you.
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Aug 18, 2012
 
For your info,Keira isn't proud of himself.In fact,he turned himself in he felt so bad.He wishes he never pulled that trigger.I should know,he is my dad, I also have a little sister who knows.He was not only a volunteer worker at Kids Kloset, a man who helped many kids in need, and the smartest man I have met in my 14 years,he is my motivation,what keeps me in school and strive for excellence, he is the person who supported me when and where I needed it, like math, he used to work at the High School and help kids out on science and math, he turned D's to at least B's.He also helped with tests in Civil Air Patrol,for those who don't know it,look it up.I have recent graduated encampment, I had a hard time because of an upcoming event in my dads life. My motivation,was I would make him proud and I did. Before the real court date in August 2011 he worked at Outback power systems and solved every problem that came his way. In my opinion, he shouldn't even be there for 5 years.He is the most kind-hearted,gentle, motivational,inspirational,edu cational,helpful,funny,and happiest man I have ever known.So don't say he should rot in hell,especially if you never met him.

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