Friday, March 24, 2006

Uptown Murderers Still On The Loose

As the news reports fade, it's important not to forget the Minneapolis murder victim, Michael Zebuhr.

The effects of random violent crime are far-reaching. The pain, fear, and trauma the survivors of the robbery/murder must be feeling is unimaginable. To see a loved one slaughtered in front of you is something no human should endure.

The effects of the crime have sent shock waves through the city and beyond.

WCCO News reports the difficulty two Uptown residents have in dealing with the murder: "911 Callers Traumatized By Uptown Murder".

(WCCO) Minneapolis Police continue their intense search to find the killers of a visiting graduate student who was shot in the Uptown area of Minneapolis last weekend.

Michael Zebuhr, 25, was shot in the head during a robbery attempt Saturday night.

Witnesses who called 911 are still traumatized by what they saw.
The witnesses to the aftermath of this crime are also victims, and their lives may never be the same. It's especially troubling because the criminals remain free.

"Every time you walk down the street, you remember the night that it happened and what you saw that night," said Kris Houlton who called 911.

"I think it's been kind of difficult for me, just experiencing that in my own neighborhood," said Susan Kang, who also called 911.
It's nice to read that the bystanders helped as much as they could. One hears about indifference to crime, and people not wanting to get involved. That was not the case here.

When the roommates and other neighbors saw how severely Zebuhr was injured, they sprang into action.

"There was a definite crowd of people," Houlton said. "It wasn't as though they were abandoned."

Many used their cell phones to call for help. 911 records show one caller said, "Brother shot in head ... not breathing."

Less than a week later, emotions on Girard Avenue run deep for the family.

"I hope they know that the people on our street sincerely feel so much compassion for them," Houlton said.
This article brings some hope amid the sorry mess of Minneapolis.