My Taki’s column nine days ago — “Racial Revenge?” — asked if the murder of two white octogenarians visiting their sons grave by a black man might have been inspired by the media hoopla over the shooting of jogger/prowler Ahmaud Arbery. From WDEL news radio in Delaware:
State police still looking for motive in Delaware Veterans Cemetery killings, confirm they killed shooter
Sean Greene Published May 21, 2020 at 9:45 pm
Delaware State Police are still looking for answers two weeks after a standoff at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery left an Elkton, Maryland, couple and their shooter dead.
On May 8, gunfire broke the silence in the area of Glasgow, just north of the Summit Bridge.
Dozens of officers tried to track down Sheldon Francis of Middletown, ultimately getting into a firefight in the woods between the cemetery and Brennan Estates, leaving their armored BearCat with plenty of broken glass.
The BearCat is an armored car that law enforcement critics complain about when they talk about the “militarized” police.
The killer was likely a good shot.
“This piece of equipment–without it–I think things would have ended differently for our troopers that day,” said Delaware State Police Major Danny Meadows at Troop 2 on Thursday.
What Delaware State Police are still struggling with is Francis’ motive.
Police confirmed that Francis was killed by police and did not take his own life, but now they’re hoping they can find someone who can sort out why he chose to kill to kill Paul and Lidia Marino, and no one else at the cemetery.
“We have no indication at all that he was targeting these two victims,” said State Police Captain Peter Sawyer.
Meanwhile, the national press is spectacularly uninterested in this case. None of the names of the victims or killer has ever appeared in the New York Times, for instance. In contrast, Google says the name “Ahmaud Arbery” has appeared on the nytimes.com site 93,500 times:
… which sounds like at least a moderate exaggeration.