Kristofer Guy King, 17
Every damn time I have to write about things like this I cry. How much more will it take before people say they have had enough? How many bodies will it take? How many bodies are enough? How many parents have to bury their young and mourn their passing before we do the right thing? This bullshit has got to end.
Kristofer Guy King was seventeen years old. He played the trumpet in his high school band and had lots of friends. He was at one of those friends' homes night before last when a man wearing a gas mask entered the home and began to stab his friends' mother, Patricia Wells, in the face and hands. That man then turned the knife on Kris. Kristofer fought for his life - and he lost.
Why? That's the question that everyone keeps asking. Everything, at this juncture, points to the fact that Wells lived next door to a group of neo-Nazi's who had a major problem with the fact that she was dating an African-American man. These "men" - and I DO use the term quite loosely - harassed her, threatened her, and wielded a heavy hand in the neighborhood according to others. It appears that one, at least, followed through on his threats.
Yesterday, police arrested 20 year-old John A. Ditullio, on charges other than the stabbings. From an incident last month, Ditullio was sought and arrested on a probable cause warrant for aggravated Domestic Battery, assault, and witness tampering. He has now become a suspect in a first degree murder case and his bail has been set at one-million dollars.
The person they believe to be the actual perpetrator, however, is another Nazi by the name of Shawn A, Plott who fit the description given by Ms. Wells. Plott has a long record and is known to have been next door to Ms. Wells last night. When the search began, the police believed Plott to be armed and dangerous but the arrest took place without incident.
School officials spent the day counseling with the kids and many of the children made posters that they placed on the fence surrounding the neo-Nazi trailer. Because of the hate and the venom that begets this sort of violence not only has a precious young life been subtracted from us, not only has an innocent woman who works as a housekeeper been victimized, not only is a family mourning their loss - a whole community has been traumatized. Children who should be excitedly looking forward to their upcoming prom and graduation are instead dealing with the terror and the grief that has been the calling card of hatemongers for all too long.
The media is in a frenzy and the immediate community is outraged - but for how long? When the swastikas are removed from the neo-Nazi's trailer, when Kristofer is laid to rest, and when all of the TV stations go back to their usual programming - that outrage will fade and eventually it will be business as usual. Hence, I ask - when is enough ever reached?
The legacy of this so called "movement" is nothing more than hate, destruction, blood, and death. Therefore, whenever someone screams about the "violence" of the anti's they need to show me how many of them have been killed by one of us - they need to show me just how much of their blood has been spilled by anti-racists. And...when someone asks me why I do what I do - I think I'll just pull out my list of victims and shove it right in their face.
Yes...I'm pissed tonight. I'm also very sad. And I will say, one more time...if Kristofer died at the hands of one of you Nazi's...if his death was caused by your hate...then each and every one of you should stand trial - because you are ALL to blame. As far as I am concerned - if these two people were attacked by one of you - your day in court is just around the corner.