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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?”

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-Ron

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So Far Gone…

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Last week, violence erupted inside of an aerobics class in LA Fitness.  The shooter, a man who worked in the law firm’s finance department was upset w/ life and took out his rage through hurting others.  He also kept an updated blog page which described him as anti-social, unmarried, and one who hasn’t had a girlfriend since 1984 or a date since 2008.  Still this shouldn’t give someone enough reason to go into a women’s aerobics class and just begin to shot wildly.  In all he killed 3 women, then turned the gun on himself. 

Are we “So Far Gone” that since we cannot find affection, we take out our frustration on others through any means neccessary.  Innocent people lost their lives due to someone else not being able to find happiness.  Also I know at least someone had to have ran across his personal blog site.  The police were never notified.  Has things such as the internet and online gaming, distanced us from one another that we’re never aware what’s going on in each other’s lives.  Seems like technology can serve as a double edged sword these days…

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-Ron

Anybody who keeps up w/ the news or went to Julian High School on the South-side knows where that clip was from.  That’s footage from Michael “Mario” Pace hopping onto a CTA bus after school and shooting wildly on the bus in an attempt to hit a rival gangmember.  Although he didn’t mean to hit any innocent bystanders, he killed a Chicago Police officer’s son “Blair Holt” while he tried to shield a female friend from gunfire.  According to the Sun-Times, Pace’s attorney said “her client felt “deep guilt” for pulling the trigger on May 10, 2007, and even tried to commit suicide shortly after his arrest.”  His actions told a different story though as he never apologized to the victim’s family, often smirked as the family wept, and yawned and spoke under his breath.

This instance is sad on so many levels.  Another CPS student dies over something so small and trivial.  Also we lost 2 kids to gun violence because now Michael Pace (18 years old) has to spend the next 100 yrs in prison.  Something that’s always stuck w/ me is “What happens in the dark, will come to light.”  This is a prime example.  Let this be a lesson: Don’t let you anger get the best of you & do not play the fall guy for anybody. 

I think the sentence was fair and sends out a BIG message to youth today.

-Ron