We aren’t supposed to notice what happened.
We aren’t supposed to remember their names.
To do so is to commit treason against those who rule us.
To them, white lives don’t matter.
Always remember this: they do. [Man charged in fatal Friday night shooting in Shaw neighborhood: St. Louis police said Kyle Stone approached Christopher Brennan, who was in the backyard of his home. After a struggle, Stone shot Brennan several times., KSDK.com, May 23, 2022]:
ST. LOUIS — A resident of the St. Louis’ Shaw neighborhood who was shot and killed at his home Friday night is being remembered by neighbors just days after his death. People who live in the area around Christopher Brennan’s home in the 4000 block of Flora Pl. tied green ribbons around light poles and trees over the weekend, a tribute to his Irish heritage.
Police said at about 7:20 p.m., Brennan, 47, was approached by Kyle Stone in the back yard of his home. After a struggle, Stone shot Brennan several times, including at least once in the head, investigators said. Paramedics pronounced Brennan dead at the scene. Stone, 20, of the 3200 block of Macklind Ave., was arrested after a “brief foot pursuit,” police said, adding that “distinct clothing” that was worn by him at the time of the shooting was also found. The St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office on Saturday charged Stone with first-degree murder and armed criminal action. According to charging documents, the entire incident was captured on surveillance video. The video and several witnesses led police to Stone within 20 minutes of the shooting.
Javad Khazaeli, a spokesman for the Brennan’s family, remembered him at a “wonderful husband, father, brother, friend of the whole community.” Social media accounts under Brennan’s name show he was married with one child. He graduated from Saint Louis University in 1998, and worked in various IT positions over the past 24 years. In a written statement, Brennan’s family said he “was taken too soon due to a senseless act.”
“The breadth and depth of grief shared by so many at the loss of one man speaks volumes to how many lives Chris has touched. We are simply devastated by the loss and our love for Chris is never ending,” the family said. David Aubrey, the president of the Shaw Neighborhood Ownership Model, said safety is at the organizations’ forefront. “Shaw is our neighborhood. This is our home. We are not leaving but we are going to make sure it’s as safe as possible,” he said. The organization believes Stone could be connected to other recent crimes in the area, however a search of Missouri’s online court records shows no prior criminal history.
Christopher Brennan was a white man. Kyle Stone is black, not even of legal age to drink.
It’s yet another black-on-white murder, this time in the white man’s backyard.
Welcome to life in 2022 St. Louis, where a black-on-white murder barely makes the local news, in a nation supposedly dominated by white supremacy, white privilege, systemic inequality, implicit bias, and invidious discrimination.