Three teenage boys in Columbus, Ohio were being stupid, destructive kids: they were spending an afternoon of fun throwing eggs at passing cars.
Their prank turned deadly though when the driver of an egged-SUV took matters into their own hands:
COLUMBUS, Ohio â€” A 14-year-old boy who was throwing eggs at cars along with two other teenagers was shot and killed by someone who had been in a sport utility vehicle that was hit, police said.
Danny Crawford was killed by a gunshot wound to his upper body, Franklin County Coroner Brad Lewis said. He died in an alley on the city’s west side early Saturday, authorities said.
The teens were throwing eggs at cars when an SUV that was struck chased them, Detective Tim Huston said. The vehicle stopped and several gunshots were fired, he said.
Did this boy deserve to die for throwing eggs at the SUV? No, he did not. Is it utlimately his own damned fault? Yes, it is.
Death penalty opponents like to claim that the death penalty is not a deterrent to crime. While this is not a case of a state-sanctioned and legal death penalty, the young boy in question did in fact receive a death penalty for his minor crime of vandalism.
How much scratch do you want to bet that his two accompli never throw another egg at another car the rest of their lives?
UPDATE (12/17/06) —Â According to the two other boys who were with Danny when he was shot, Danny was not the one who threw the egg. If this is the case, and if Danny was not participating at all in throwing eggs that day (not just at the SUV who ended his life, but at any car that day), than I recind my earlier comment that it was “ultimately” his fault.
And to reiterate, Danny did not deserve to die, and I hope his killers are quickly caught, tried, and sentenced to death for their crimes. But, because they were out engaging in criminal behavior, the boys are responsible and at fault for their own actions.