02 September 2008

Human Life is Cheap, part 2

In what can only be read with growing incomprehension, the number of hamburger-argument homicides in St. Louis this summer has doubled. Moving from Hardee's to Rally's, we have yet another shooting. From STLToday:

St. Louis woman dies in another fast-food dispute
Joel Currier

ST. LOUIS — For the second time in a month, police say a fight over fast food has led to the killing of a St. Louis resident.

Decora Jenkins, 18, was fatally shot early Monday in her home in St. Louis after arguing about a fast-food meal, police said.

Jenkins died from a gunshot wound to the head shortly after 1 a.m. in her home in the 1600 block of McLaran Avenue in the city's North Pointe neighborhood, police said.

Jenkins, her boyfriend, 20, and Erika Wherry, 28, returned to Jenkins' home after ordering food from a fast-food restaurant.

Wherry and Jenkins' boyfriend began wrestling over the food, police said. Wherry then picked up a gun and fired it toward the boyfriend but instead hit Jenkins, who was standing behind her boyfriend, police said. The boyfriend was unhurt except for minor gunpowder burns. Neighbors said Wherry is Jenkins' aunt.

Prosecutors charged Wherry on Monday with involuntary manslaughter.

Neighbor LaJoy Andrews said she had dropped the three off at the house after a block party, about an hour before the three drove to a nearby Rally's Hamburgers.


"It's very heartbreaking," Andrews said. "All this came about over a hamburger. It's a terrible situation."

Andrews said tough economic times may have factored into the argument.

"It's sad out here right now," she said. "There's no jobs. Everybody is stressed out."

On Monday afternoon, a swarm of ants was attacking two Rally's hamburger wrappers on the front porch of Jenkins' home. A man who answered the door declined to comment.



Of course, this is truly appalling. I am flummoxed by the neighbor's reaction that shooting someone over a Rally's hamburger might somehow be caused by a below average job market. I can only assume she was in shock and was searching for some kind of comforting response.

I wonder what will happen in a real economic emergency.

Readers may remember another homicide arising from an argument over fast food that I covered in a post here.


Anonymous said...

I think it's a lot worse economically on the North Side than you think. You should go up there sometime. It's not Des Peres. It's been in a "real economic emergency" for some time.

thetimman said...

I don't doubt that it is economically bad there. I merely wanted to point out that it may not be a sufficient reason to try to murder someone.

And by real economic emergency, I meant to refer to a depression-type collapse situation.

In the depression, we lived in a much more moral society that was used to hard work and sacrifice, and cooperation with each other. How would it play out today?