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MTA conductor killed in Harlem shootout

I know what the statistics say, I've seen them. I do not condone violence in any race. Again, that is not my point, I'm just disgusted that just about every post that I've read on here either refers to the fact that Justin was black, in Harlem or at a KFC. He was a young man that did not deserve to die. If there was a white guy standing in that same spot at the same time, he probably would have been shot & killed too. Then everyone would be talking about the poor white guy that was shot by the black thugs, and not talking about how this black guy deserved to be killed because he was black. Nobody, black or white has the right to take anyone's life, only God can make the decision who lives and who dies. I agree that the shooter was absolutely wrong at shooting anyone in the first place. Yes, in this case the shooter was also black, but not all people who kill other people are black. Unfortunately, people are killed needlessly everyday with every race, the media just seems to like to bring up the racial angle with things like this. I pray that the man who shot Justin is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, and lives a long miserable life remembering what he did to someone and his family members. When the terrorists struck, American's joined together as one. It didn't seem to matter what color any was at that point, we were all just Americans, and that's the way it should be.  (Jun 24, 2007 | post #43)

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MTA conductor killed in Harlem shootout

This all has absolutely nothing to do with what someone eats; the fact again is that someone innocent is dead. I like KFC and I like watermelon, does that make me a bad person, and to remind everyone again, I am white. He didn't go there looking for trouble. I live in an area where there are just as many bad white kids as black kids running around with guns in their pockets waiting to start a fight. One kid gets into an argument with another kid, and before you know it there are 10-20 kids involved, and yes some are packing guns when they show up. That is the problem that needs to be addressed, it doesn’t matter what color they are. I used to live in a state where everyone owned a gun, but that gun was used to shoot snakes or protect our livestock from other animals. I am not against guns, I had one myself, but none of us ever thought to confront a problem with someone by sticking a gun in their face...and yes, before you say anything, we had black people living there too, and we all got along just fine. This should not be a racial issue just because the people involved happened to be black, so stop making it one. All I know is that the man killed had a family out there. A family who loved him. Now his child has to grow up without a father. He was also a son, a grandson, a nephew, and a cousin, and they are all hurting terribly. Their lives will never be the same. Please show his family some respect and compassion rather than making it look like everyone feels he deserved to be killed simply because he was black.  (Jun 24, 2007 | post #41)

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MTA conductor killed in Harlem shootout

Where did you read anywhere that this boy killed was "African American"? I personally know his family and have been searching online for stories about it. Not ONE article that I found, (and there are quite a few) specified what his race was. Do you just assume that just because it happened to be in front of a chicken store that he was black? Why do you bigots have to try to make everything racial? Like someone else said, he was trying to break up a fight, clearly being guilty only of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. And then, someone bashes the poor guy because he was a MTA conductor. The guy was making an honest living, you all would have had a field day if they would have said he was unemployed, but he wasn't, he was bringing a paycheck home to his family every week. He was one of the nicest, most honest people I have ever met, and his family does not deserve to come across a message board like this and read all this **** that you are saying about him. You do not know what kind of person he was and you have no right at all judging him like this because of the color of his skin. He was a human being and now he is dead, and will be missed by his family and friends that loved him. Not that it should or does matter, but I am white, so don't start bashing me by saying its because I'm black that I’m sticking up for him.... I’m white and I for one, do not look at the color of someone’s skin when I chose my friends, I look at what kind of person they are.  (Jun 23, 2007 | post #26)