Reflections on a Murder One Block from My House

There was a shooting yesterday morning one block from my house. It was a party going late and a man was shot while sitting in his car across the street. Police know it wasn’t random.

There are several things swirling in my head as I process the thought of a murder one block away.
1. Murders happen. They happen in cities. They happen in suburbs. They happen in rural towns. It is awful each time and, as usual, the comments flow on Facebook and comment pages on news sites about how dangerous the city is.
That is simply just not truth. I have chosen to live in the city and raise three boys in the city and it is only a very rare occasion in 15 years I have had something this tragic happen this close.
When people point out “how dangerous” the city is, I love pointing out the murders happening in the suburbs and rural areas. Not because I love pointing out murders, but because it is necessary to keep things IN CONTEXT.
2. People blame the dumbest things when murder happens in a city.
3. I am not “brave” for living in a city.
4. I am not “trapped” in the city.
5. I am not stupid for living in the city.
6. As Joe Soucheray always says on “Garage Logic” (a local radio show): “Nothing good happens at 3 in the morning.”
7. I love my city and pray and live for its peace. I will continue to do so. That doesn’t make me “brave” or “holier than thou” or ANYTHING other than someone who wants to obey God right where he is, and I happen to think ALL of us should do the same: Obey God right where we are.
NE Mpls party shooting

6 thoughts on “Reflections on a Murder One Block from My House

  1. I remember there was a shooting on our street. I was at work when I found out. I knew my wife was okay but I called the police to chat about it. They told me the person was targeted because of drugs. He went on to say that most home invasions and shootings were drug related.

    Btw, I love your Police Cars! 😉

  2. There’s definitely something to be said for living in the city. There’s just something so alive about it.
    Sorry about the murder, but you’re right. They happen everywhere, unfortunately.

    1. I love this city. It’s full of life and culture and diversity. It’s a great place to raise my kids and they all love being part of the city.

  3. I feel like grieving over it. I went over there and prayed with my kid. It is quite tragic dying so young no matter the situation. At the 2PAC meeting on Monday, we will ask MPD about the investigation. No one has been caught yet. Something to pray for before the fellow who did this hurts someone else.

    1. The silence from the MPD is what gets aggravating. As we drove by the other night we prayed over the block asking for God’s peace.

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