Today is the end of National Victims Rights week; a week where attention is drawn to crime victims’ issues, their struggles, their recovery, and their lives.
Yesterday, April 26th, our officers responded to a horrific crime committed in broad daylight near a crowded commercial shopping center. Several eye-witnesses watched in horror as a man attacked and killed a young woman, then fled on foot. The woman was Morgan Myers, a 30 year old Wal-Mart employee and mother. She was a friend to many. As of today, there are dozens or more tributes written on her Facebook wall, giving but a glimpse of the impact one person can have on their friends and family.
The “alleged” assailant is her former boyfriend Michael Young, also 30 years old. Six days prior Morgan was granted a permanent protection order, in an effort to protect her from Young who has made threats of violence against her. Yesterday that protection order failed.
What a sad conclusion to a week set aside to honor victims of crimes and to give hope that victimization doesn’t have to last forever. A week that seeks to reassure us that people deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. There are many victims nationwide who have experienced the terrible wrath of their fellow-man this week, but few who suffered more than Morgan Myers.
Next week when you are going about your business and your daily routines, please take a moment to think about the many people trapped in unhealthy relationships, those being abused or assaulted and those who will lose their lives right here, in the greatest country on earth.