Tag Archive: Death

Everytime you turn on the local news in Chicago, u hear about it.  Another person being shot or killed due to gun violence.  As the summer heats up, the streets seem to get even hotter.  Youth especially are dropping at an alarming rate.  Whether we look at how more than 36 CPS students died in 2009, or how more than 40 people were shot this past weekend, something has to be done.

Mayor Daley and a host of others have proposed a Chicago Handgun Ban throughout the city.  The purpose behind the new law is to decrease the number of guns on the street, while creating harsher punishments and consequences for thugs or delinquents who possess weapons.  I like the means behind the idea but it also put many at a disadvantage.  The biggest problem w/ the new law though is that its unconstitutional.  Chicago citizens have a constitutional right to keep & bear arms.  The other huge problem w/ this law is that now everyday working class citizens have a true reason to feel unsafe.  If a gun-toting home invader walks into someone’s home w/ the intent to steal, what leverage does the home owner have? It’s illegal to have a weapon in one’s own home, according to the new handgun ban.  This law makes home owners and citizens in general very uneasy, considering how often some see and hear about violence in their neighborhoods. 

Imagine, gang members & other criminals walking around w/ illegal weapons but you have nothing to fend for yourself nor family.  It’s a scary situation.  Even though the Supreme Court has struck down this handgun ban, something has to be done.  Mayor Daley plans to revise the ban but I don’t think it solves the bigger issue at hand.

Any suggestions???


“Nearly a third of all students aged 12 – 18 reported having been bullied at school in 2007, some almost daily.”

That’s a statement I’ve heard plenty of times growing up from friends, peers and even sometimes students when I’m presenting our Stop The Bullying Workshop.  Thats not the reality though and many times we need that wake up call.  A few years ago, that wake up call was the shooting at Northern Illinois or Virginia Tech.  Who can forget the Columbine Massacre yrs ago though (when teens who were getting bullied took it upon themselves and brought guns into the school killing more than 12 students, some killed for no reason).  As of late, the scene and actions were all too familiar as a Massachusetts girl (15 yrs old) hung herself after months of bullying and harassment at school.  She was found dead by her younger sister.

This all began over a group of kids being displeased w/ the fact that Phoebe was dating a certain guy.  That caused a domino affect of verbal & physical abuse, and assault.  The plan was to humiliate Phoebe and it did work, but now 9 teenagers are charged w/ bullying charges and one promising young lady is dead.  Smarten up people!!!  Bullying just doesn’t impact the victim(s) and those bullying others.  Families, futures, and many other things are impacted as well.

Charges the group of teens are facing:

  1. Statutory rape charges (could result in penalties of up to life in prison. Since the legal age to consent w/ sex is 16 in Massachusetts)
  2. Violation-of-civil-rights charge (could result in 10 years in prison)
  3. Criminal harassment up to 2 1/2 years
  4. Conviction for disturbance of school assembly up to one month

All this due to students bullying others.  Let’s prevent news like this from making the headlines.  SmartenUp People


Ex-Finance of Kandi Burruss Killed in Fight


For those that watch the show Real House Wives of Atlanta on Bravo, over the weekend Kandi Burress and her family suffered a huge loss.  Her fianc’e, Ashley “A.J.” Jewell died after a fight at Atlanta’s nightclub Body Tap.  According to CNN, “Jewell was taken to a hospital, where he died of blunt force trauma to the head. Fredrick Richardson was arrested on a charge of voluntary manslaughter after witnesses identified him and he was interviewed by police.”  Here’s a message from Kandi:

“I am devastated by the loss of AJ,” said a statement released by Burruss through her publicist. “His death comes on the heels of the passing of my beloved Uncle Ralph, and with both of them gone my heart is heavy with grief.

“I had spoken to AJ two hours before I got the call that he was in the hospital,” the statement went on to say. “Never in a thousand years did I think it was going to be the last time I heard his voice. There are so many things that I should have said to him, wanted to say to him… But now it’s too late.”

When will we learn that violence solves nothing and can lead to this right here: DEATH!!! Let this be a lesson, you never know the next time you’ll see someone so cherish the moments you do share w/ them.



Ricardo Marchan was very upset after the breakup w/ his girlfriend.  So what did he do? Kick & scream…No.  Get into petty fights…No.  Carry an attitude w/ everyone…Well, kinda.  He went on a violent rampage that resulted in the deaths of two innocent people.  He shot Michael Hernandez (an 18 year old planning on heading to college) in the back on the head and Patrick Cregan (a pizza-man who was on the job at the time) in the back of the head as well.  Both died instantly.  But the heartless Marchan didn’t stop and even robbed two guys on Aug 2nd.  After firing shots in the air, to prove the gun was real, police ran onto the scene and captured the twisted former boyfriend.  Tests revealed his gun was used in the two previous murders and now the heartless individual faces 2 counts of murder and one count of armed robbery.

Violence is never the way, especially when trying to vent out frustration and anger.  Never act on emotions but instead harness that energy and learn from it.  The results can be dreadful and cost you your life.  Just ask Ricardo Marchan.  Was the breakup w/ his girlfriend so heart-wrenching that two people had to die?  I know she’ll never want him back now, if ever a time she did!

In the words of Kanye West “How could you be so heartless?”





MJ & kid

I remember when Micheal Jackson dangled his baby over his balcony overseas and the first thing that came to mind was “what is he thinking” and “that isn’t too responsible”. This morning I ran across an article about a 13-year old boy who was struck and killed by a car.   The 13 year old boy was fatally struck right off 84th & Ashland, dying on the scene at 1:41 according to the Sun Times.  It made me ask the question, “why was a 13 year old out late at 1:41 am?”  At that age, a kid is either in 8th grade or a freshman in high-school, so why was he out that late?  More importantly, where were his parents and what were they thinking.  Chicago lost more than five lives yesterday (Thursday May22nd) due to gun violence.  All in all, this situation and more could of been avoided if more responsibility was taken.

Something has to change people…

– Ron

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