Sunday, January 15, 2017
You'd never think he was a criminal . . .
Readers may remember the video clips I put up last week, showing two robbers trying their luck (and failing) against an armed, alert gun shop owner in Georgia. One of them was killed on the spot, the other fled.
It turns out the deceased was one Donovan 'Dula' Chopin, from New Orleans. His obituary doesn't say a word about his prior criminal tendencies (although both he and his mother are featured on Mugshots.com). You'd think it was describing an angelic youth who never put a foot wrong. Examples: "Donovan "Dula" Chopin was called home on Monday December 26, 2016 at the age of 30 years. Beloved son ... talented brother ... Donovan will be forever loved and missed...".
The tributes on his guest book page at Legacy.com are similarly sanitized: "I know for sure now because you will be guiding her steps from Heaven. I promise you your music, your spirit and your hustle will live in us forever" ... "My star you don't have to struggle anymore!!" There's even a GoFundMe page for him, claiming he was "called home on December 26, 2016. This is a very tragic and unexpected blow for the family. He was very loved by the community and family." It's trying to raise $8,000 (presumably for funeral expenses), and has already raised $1.4K as I write these words.
Yeah. Right. Whatever. Clearly, the late 'Dula' was a dindu (do a quick search on the word if you're not familiar with it). I'm sorry for those he left behind . . . but the rest of us are probably better off without his presence. By busting into a gun shop armed with two firearms, trying to rob it, he proved beyond any shadow of doubt that he was already a hardened criminal. Amateurs, or those just starting to tiptoe over the edge of the law, don't commit that sort of crime as their first effort. That's the harsh reality of crime. I never met him, but I've met his type all too often.
Nevertheless, I'll pray that, if it is possible, he may receive mercy from God for his sins and his crimes, and that his loved ones may receive what comfort they can. I hope they, and those who attend his funeral, learn from his less-than-stellar example, and live better lives henceforth because of it.