In what has to be one of the most disturbing videos in recent days, a young man was shot in the doorway of a convenience store in Kalamazoo, Michigan. For the next five minutes or so, customers continue to enter and exit the store by stepping over his body. No one checks to see if the man is alive, dead, wounded, sick or simply intoxicated. Even the store clerk continues to do business as usual as the young man lay dying from gunshot wounds.
31-year-old Jheryl Wright was shot and killed by 32 year old Clarence Ross in September of 2012 as he was leaving the convenience store.
Stunning surveillance video from inside the store shows that it takes five minutes and many people passing through before someone tries to help the dying man.
Jheryl Wright’s mother Jackel Wright is not only distraught at the death of her son, but broken by the way people completely disregarded her son. She hasn’t watched the video, because she knows that she wouldn’t be able to sit through it, but others have told her about it.
“When they told me people were still coming in that gas station, stepping over my child in the doorway, I couldn’t believe it; I couldn’t believe it,” she said. “I just can’t believe people in this world would do something like that. I can’t.” Jackel Wright used words like disturbing, disgusting, and shameful to describe the actions portrayed on the surveillance video, which was shown during the trial of Clarence Ross, who was convicted a week ago in the murder. “How can you step over someone laying in the doorway and not help; how would they feel if that was one of their loved ones sitting there,” she said. “I hope God have mercy on your soul, ’cause you was wrong, sitting there and not helping my son, like he was just a doormat; walking over him, laying there dead,” Jackel said of those who did not help. “I hope y’all can’t sleep at night, ’cause that was awful. Just plain awful.”
Is this an outlier?
Or is this incident indicative of what is happening in our culture?
Have we as a culture drifted so far from decency and moral living that incidents like this could become commonplace? Or have they already become so?
What a terrible story.
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