“Life is a storm, my young friend. You will bask in the sunlight one moment, be shattered on the rocks the next. What makes you a man is what you do when that storm comes. You must look into that storm and shout..... “Do your worst, for I will do mine!” Then the Fates will know you as we know you as a man.” Paraphrased from The Count of Monte Cristo
Is all lost?
Are we destined to watch America sink into the same doldrums as Rhodesia, South Africa and San Domingo (Haiti) before us?
All is not lost.
This too shall pass.
Why? Because all across America, people still have the ability to read about what happened to Milan Loncar, a white male who was murdered by two blacks in Philadelphia as he was simply walking his dog.
Stereotype confirmation has a tendency to reinforce views, mores, and opinions many Americans are increasingly keeping private, and using as a justification for moving far away from the diversity we are mandated to believe is our greatest strength.
Video shows recent Temple grad fatally shot while walking dog, New York Post, January 15, 2021
A young Philadelphia man walking his dog was fatally shot during an apparent robbery attempt just one block from his home, police and his devastated relatives said.
The victim, identified by family members as 25-year-old Milan Loncar, was strolling with his beloved dachshund-Chihuahua mix, Roo, just before 7 p.m. Wednesday in the city’s Brewerytown section when two male suspects approached him, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
One of the assailants pointed a gun at Loncar as both suspects started reaching towards his pockets. The 2019 Temple University graduate was then shot once in the chest and later died at a hospital, police said.
Investigators on Thursday released disturbing surveillance footage of the slaying. The suspects then fled on foot westbound, police said.
A $20,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest. No one was in custody as of Friday, a Philadelphia police spokesman confirmed to The Post.
“He was the kindest person in the entire world,” Loncar’s sister, Jelena Loncar, told the Inquirer. “This is so screwed up.”
Loncar’s sister, who lived just blocks away from her “charismatic and kind” younger brother, is now planning on moving out of Philadelphia, she said.
Loncar’s keys and cellphone were found at the scene, but his wallet was back at his house, relatives told the Inquirer.
Loncar’s mother told WPVI he was planning to move in with his girlfriend in March and was “just starting out” in life.
“I don’t know why they did it,” Amy Lounsberry told the station. “I can’t understand. They didn’t get any money. Did they need it so badly or were they trying to show off?”
Police described the suspects as black males, one of whom was “slightly husky” and had a semi-automatic handgun
“I don’t know if he was targeted,” Jelena Loncar said. “I don’t know if they were going to rob anyone. If he’s walking his dog, why would he have a ton of cash on him? I don’t get it.”
The storm approaches. “Do your worst,” you must shout.
Because all across America, people can still learn his story and what happened to this white male in Philadelphia as he simply tried to walk his dog.
He was “randomly” murdered by two black males.
His Name is Milan Loncar.