A Philadelphia man was gunned down by three teens in cold blood while he was out for a walk, and when police found the man’s body, they made a heartbreaking discovery next to it.
According to NBC Philadelphia, the three teens were playing basketball when one of them got the bright idea to go rob someone at random. After seeing a different man out walking his dog and deciding not to rob him, they saw 51-year-old James Patrick Stuhlman.
Stuhlman apparently would usually walk with his 13-year-old daughter, but on the night of his murder, he had told her to stay home because it was getting late, likely saving her life. As he walked down the dark street on March 12, the father and owner of a local landscaping company saw three teens approach him, and upon running into him they announced a robbery.
“At one point, he did plead for his life,” Captain James Clark said Thursday at a news conference, according to the New York Daily News. “He said, ‘Please don’t shoot me, please don’t shoot me,’ and they still shot him one more time.”
On Thursday, 15-year-old Brandon Smith and a 14-year-old whose name has been withheld were arrested by police and said they had decided to rob Stuhlman rather than the other man they saw because he looked more vulnerable. The shooter, identified as Tyfine Hamilton, 15, is still at large and police consider him “armed and dangerous,” according to Clark. Sadly, the teens have all been in trouble with the law in the past.
“Get with your parent and turn yourself in before we come and get you,” warned Clark during a news conference Thursday afternoon. “We know where you are.”
Philadelphia Police Lt. John Walker said that when police arrived at the scene Stuhlman lay in a pool of blood and was unresponsive. The successful business owner and family man apparently still had his flashlight in his hand, and what police found next to him was heartbreaking.
“The dog was lying next to him — appeared to be scared and in shock,” Walker said. “In his other hand, he had a flashlight.”
“His daughter goes for a walk with him almost every night,” added Clark. “For whatever reason, he said to her, ‘it’s a little late tonight I don’t want you walking with me.’ So in effect, he may have saved his daughter’s life.”
Smith has been charged in relation to the murder and is still in custody, but the other teen was only charged with robbery despite being an accessory. Police are now offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Hamilton.
What’s absolutely disgusting about this case is that if the roles were reversed, all we would be hearing about is how the teens were racist and this was a hate crime. Personally, I want to see these little bastards tried as adults to the fullest extent under current hate crime legislation and have an example made out of them for others not to follow in their footsteps.