America doesn’t have a gun problem…we have a respect for life problem.
When a white man opens fire on a group of innocent people at a school or public venue, the media gives the shooter the equivalent of a protology examination, in their efforts to discover his motives. When a black, 36-year-old, hero football coach loses his life for trying to break up a fight at the end of a youth football game, the media can’t be bothered to report about the shooter.
36-year-old youth football coach Norzell Aldrich was a role model for the young boys in his Buffalo, NY community, many of whom are growing up without fathers.
Aldrich’s life was prematurely snuffed out when he attempted to break up a fight after the conclusion of a pee-wee football game he had just finished coaching.
WIVB 4 reports that Aldridge noticed a fight occurring around 7 pm near Emerson Park and stepped into to ‘protect young people’.
Aldridge was shot in the chest, and an unidentified 20-year-old was also shot.
The coach was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
Authorities were reportedly at the scene when Aldridge was shot, but were unable to get to him in time to save his life.
The Daily Mail reports – Buffalo Police Captain Jeff Rinaldo told WIVB 4, ‘Buffalo Police has a detail set up at those football games, and our detail was there and at the event when this occurred.’
‘Our officers did hear the shots when they were fired. They did run in the direction of the shots, but in the ensuing chaos they were unable to locate a suspect at that time.’
Officials and members of the community have spoken out since Aldridge’s death, praising his morals and ability to be a role model.
Buffalo Police homicide detectives were back in the neighborhood Monday interviewing potential witnesses, reports WKBW.
No arrests have been made yet and the identity of the shooter has yet be discovered.
Authorities ask that anyone with information to contact the Buffalo Police Department.
The unidentified shooter, like many shooters who kill, in black communities, will probably never be found. Residents in the community are too afraid to ID the perpetrator.
Do you think this story should be on the front page of every newspaper? Should CNN be covering this story with the same enthusiasm, they cover stories about white shooters in public spaces? Does this hero coach’s life not matter as much to the media because he wasn’t the victim of a mass shooting? Should the media be making every effort to help identify and bring his shooter to justice? Tell us what you think in the comment section below.