A white father loses his white son.
A eight-year-old white boy.
The murderer was a black male (a previously-convicted murderer), who had just started to date the white eight-year-old’s mother.
[‘I Want My Son Remembered A Hero,’ Father Of 8-Year-Old Boy Killed In Stabbing Speaks Out, Pittsburgh CBS, July 10, 2019]:
Police in New Castle say an 8-year-old boy died Monday night at the hands of a previously-convicted murderer.
Keith Burley, 43, faces charges of homicide, aggravated assault and kidnapping after police say he stabbed Mark “Markie” Mason to death inside a Union Township home late Monday night, police said.
On Wednesday, the boy’s father sat down with KDKA’s Meghan Schiller.
Mark Mason said he warned his children’s mother to not allow Burley, her new boyfriend, around his children.
Burley was paroled in March after being sentenced for third-degree murder back in 1999.
“I want my son remembered a hero and not a victim,” Mason said.
Markie’s father said he wants his son to be remembered for who he was and not for what happened to him.
“I want everyone to know that my son fought,” Mason said. “My son fought him, and he just wasn’t strong enough. How can an 8-year-old fight a 43-year-old man with a knife?”
Mason reached out to KDKA to tell Markie’s story and to talk about the heroic actions of Markie’s younger brother, 7-year-old Matthew.
“You tried and you got away and you threw a chair at him. I’m so proud of you,” Mason said as he pulled Matthew in for a kiss.
Mason said he wants the community to see his young son. He also want to acknowledge how Matthew did everything to help his older brother during the attack.
“My kids did everything I taught them to do,” Mason said. “I told them if anything like that happened, ‘Markie, you protect your mum, and you protect your brother. And Matthew, you run and get help and don’t you stop running until you find somebody.’”
State troopers say that’s exactly what Matthew did. He ran out of the home on High Street and didn’t stop running until he found an adult.
“What did you say to the people when you ran to get help?” Schiller asked Matthew.
“I said that my brother got hurt,” Matthew said.
Troopers said Burley chased after Matthew, but eventually gave up and headed to Youngstown, Ohio.
Markie died a short time after the attack from his wounds.
There’s an obvious lesson in this story (many, actually), and you don’t even have to look that hard.
This story barely got any attention in the local media, never mind the national media.
Rest in peace, Mark.