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Young Marine Survives Violence in Iraq Just to be Killed on the Streets of Cleveland

What a sad case of irony this is. May Lance Cpl. Robert Crutchfield rest in peace.

On leave from the violence he had survived in the war in Iraq, a young Marine was so wary of crime on the streets of his own home town that he carried only $8 to avoid becoming a robbery target.

Despite his caution, Lance Cpl. Robert Crutchfield, 21, was shot point-blank in the neck during a robbery at a bus stop.

Feeding and breathing tubes kept him alive 41/2 months, until he died of an infection on May 18.

Two men have been charged in the attack, and Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason said Friday the case was under review to decide whether to seek the death penalty.

"It is an awful story," said Alberta Holt, the young Marine's aunt and his legal guardian when he was a teenager determined to flee a troubled Cleveland school for safer surroundings in the suburbs.

Crutchfield was attacked on January 5 while he and his girlfriend were waiting for a bus. He had heeded the warnings of commanders that a Marine on leave might be seen as a prime robbery target with a pocketful of money, so he only carried $8, his military ID card and a bank card.

"They took it, turned his pockets inside out, took what he had and told him since he was a Marine and didn't have any money he didn't deserve to live. They put the gun to his neck and shot him," Holt told The Associated Press.

The two men charged in the attack were identified as Ean Farrow, 19, and Thomas Ray III, 20, both of Cleveland. Their attorneys did not respond to The Associated Press' requests for comment.

Ean Farrow and Thomas Ray III are going to be two of the most hated people across this country. The evil that consumed them is on par with that of the terrorists our troops are fighting all over the world right now. Sick. I hope they pay the ultimate price for what they did.


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Ean Farrow and Thomas Ray I... (Below threshold)
Mark L:

Ean Farrow and Thomas Ray III are going to be two of the most hated people across this country?

To the contrary -- give it five years and those two will be the darlings of the liberals and progressives. The Free Mumia will pale next to the effort to free Farrow and Ray.

Just wait and see.

Wow, I am one of those libe... (Below threshold)
Joshua K:

Wow, I am one of those liberals that you hate. Guess what? The two that did this should be locked up for life or given the death sentence. IMO. Most of us "liberals" support the troops and don't want them getting killed on the battlefield or at home.. All you have done Mark is demonstrated what a moron you are. Stop trying to paint the world in black and white.

Hey Josh - look up one post... (Below threshold)
Tim:

Hey Josh - look up one post. Black, meet white. White, say hello to black,.

The world is black and whit... (Below threshold)
John Locke:

The world is black and white now. The black world is raping and killing the white world. DOJ statistics show that fact so clearly.Over 37,000 rapes of white women by black men, while 10 rapes of black women by white men. Spin that!

Just proves a point that li... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

Just proves a point that liberals (and the killers are democrat liberals) are sucking wind on Iraq. Cities controlled by liberals in this country are far more dangerous than cities controlled by Marines anywhere in the world.
Lance Cpl. Robert Crutchfield is one of the 10% of black Americans who are true Americans and hero's.
Joshua K, careful, if the democrats think you support America, much less the troops they will kick you out of the American Communist, aka democrat, party.
Why have the killers not been tried and executed already?

Remove the troops and cops ... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Remove the troops and cops from Cleveland now. Why put our men and women at risk. All the criminals are fighting for is control of Cleveland. Give it to them. ww

"liberals" support the t... (Below threshold)
Clay:

"liberals" support the troops

You've demonstrated how you support the troops...over and over again. With the support you and your code-pinkies provide, the troops don't need islamo-fascist terrorists. They got you, babe.

This story says so much wit... (Below threshold)
ODA315:

This story says so much without a word being spoken.

Cowards deserve the penalty... (Below threshold)

Cowards deserve the penalty. An eye for an eye. Gun down an unarmed man at point-blank range in a non-hostile, non-combative environment. Uncanny street thug violence. Like the authorities say, "May God have mercy on your soul..."

So 90% of black Americans a... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

So 90% of black Americans are not true Americans, Scrapiron? Holy shit, dude, you'd raise eyebrows at a Klan meeting for saying something that stupid and evil.

If you truly believe that, then you are a bad person.

you are a bad person.</i... (Below threshold)
Clay:

you are a bad person.

Bad ...? Could've my mother been wrong?

you'd raise eyebrows at ... (Below threshold)
Clay:

you'd raise eyebrows at a Klan meeting for saying something that stupid and evil.

Wrong. He'd be strung up for the 10%.

Really, you are the one who is trying to make what Scrapiron said racist. The fact is that the black community has a problem with godammed America. Now, is it 90%? Could be, although I would doubt it. As the good Reverends Jeremiah Wright and Jesse Jackson rail on the disenfranchisement of black America, are they just choosing not to participate? Instead of the message that America's been keeping them down, shouldn't it be that they can choose to not be victims? The message should be a positive one of education, family, and participation. But, ask Juan Williams, Bill Cosby, and Thomas Sowell what happens when you deliver that message. I mean, c'mon. Jackson and Wright need to keep up their lifestyles, y'know?

But, back to the topic. Many young Americans are learning about what it's like to work for a cause bigger than themselves - America - in the military. And then they come home to their neighborhoods with purpose and a knowledge that hard work and pride in yourself - regardless of race - puts money in your pocket and a future on your horizon. And you are immediately confronted with an element that exists in the lowest of society: Somebody who wants what you have without the effort that you have expended.

It's their lives. It's not up to the Sharptons, Jacksons, or Wrights who are using them for the color of their skin. It is up to them to take control of their individual lives. After all, the Constitution was written to protect the rights of the smallest minority...individuals.

Does anyone have a link to ... (Below threshold)
SgtSchultz:

Does anyone have a link to pictures of the 2 murderers? I have looked at about 25 articles about this horrible story, but not one single picture of the punks who did it so I already know they aren't white KKK members, which is who the mainstream media wishes comitted this type of act.

Okay, you're comfortable wi... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

Okay, you're comfortable with the generalization that 90% of African Americans are not "true" Americans. But maybe not 90%, you add as a qualifier. So, what, 70%? Your statement implies to any reasonable person that you feel Scrapiron is somewhere in the ballpark of factuality with his racist gibberish. I'm not making him out to be a racist, Clay. He has done that on his own. I just pointed it out because I found it alarming that two and a half hours after he coughed up that nasty bit of bigotry, nobody thought to say, "Holy shit, buddy, you crazy!" No admin thought to scold him or remove the post. And you defended the spirit of his comment, if not its verbatim content.

Clay, do your black friends think it's okay to make generalizations about all of them (or 90% of them) based on lunatics like Revered Wright, or assholes like Jesse Jackson?

Clay, do your black frie... (Below threshold)
Clay:

Clay, do your black friends think it's okay to make generalizations

It may shock you to know that my black friends would call you the racist. They paid for their educations while working full-time jobs. They saved every bit of extra cash to buy real-estate. They enrolled in company stock purchase programs. They recognized that waiting on the government to buoy them up would be a sure disaster and wouldn't allow them to reach the dreams they had for them and their children. They wanted more. They wanted the American Dream. He was the son of a Haitian immigrant who grew up in New York. They have 2 sons who were taught that this great country offers the realization of any dream by hard work and belief. I've watched him weep as he talks about all the blessings that he has received in the Unites States. He is truly an American.

How close of friends are they? Their son is engaged to my daughter. And no father has ever been prouder of his girl and her fiance.

But, y'know what really makes you racist? You didn't even bother asking my about true Americans within other races. No, you son-of-a-bitch, you assumed that I thought that if your white in this country your a true American, didn't you? You didn't bother asking me how I would define true Americanism, did you? No. You assumed, and that makes you the bigoted asshole that you are.

You make me sick.

You defended Scrapiron who ... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

You defended Scrapiron who said 10% of black Americans are "true" Americans after I said (correctly) that that's a racist, bigoted thing to say. But I make you sick. How would the family of your daughter's fiance feel about you defending a derogatory and inflammatory generalization pertaining to people who look like them because they look like them by resorting to a non-sequitur on affirmative action? Don't you call me a racist, friendo.

hyberbolist,Not all ... (Below threshold)
Clay:

hyberbolist,
Not all Americans are what I would characterize as true Americans. I would define a true American as those who would describe the true American Dream as envisioned by our forefathers: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness"...True Americans believe that this country was founded on the belief that man has rights to self-evident principles, not material things. These principles are independent of race. Since nobody can judge the contents of a man's heart, I believe it impossible to ascribe a specific distribution of true Americans within a particular race. However, I will say that blacks are uniquely bombarded by their self-described leadership with certain doctrines of entitlement. The difference between you and I is that I believe that man is uniquely gifted with the intellect to self-govern. You believe that the black man can't make it without the government's help. Racism is defined as a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race. So, who's the racist?




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