sad and senseless.

a server was shot in an armed robbery at the standard restaurant and bar on memorial drive in grant park early this morning. according to the report in the ajc, the server was shot after he had already handed the four armed robbers the money they demanded.

reports later today are out that the man died at grady hospital from gunshot wounds.

this happened two miles from my house. i guess it is a reminder that no matter how hip and cool these gentrified neighborhoods become, they are still in the middle of a city that has a big old crime problem it’s leaders don’t like to address (well, beyond changing street names.)

it’s also a reminder that the human capacity for evil is alive and well.

my thoughts and prayers are with the family of this victim and all who work at the standard. i am sure they are in shock.

6 Comments so far

  1. abby on January 7th, 2009 @ 2:19 pm

    This news is heartwrenching and terrifying, and such a disgusting waste. And it happened a block down the street from where another man was shot and killed a few months ago while he was also trying to just do his job (the delivery man at the BP). Frankly, a crap economy is not an excuse for a tidal wave of such VIOLENT crime, and I think everyone who is paying attention is feeling a little unsettled at best. It’s disgusting the lack of regard these boys had, shooting him four times after they got what they wanted.

    This news has riled up the Buzz – they plan on protesting cuts in police protection and public safety. Details are still being worked out but it looks like they want to meet at the Standard tomorrow morning (

    I’ve said it before – be vigilant and watch out for each other.

  2. james hervey (jeherv) on January 7th, 2009 @ 3:36 pm

    thanks abby. i am going to put another post up after i leave work about the gathering/protest in the morning.

  3. rptrcub on January 7th, 2009 @ 5:03 pm

    I am trying not to be paranoid, but this gives me a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach. I *just* moved ITP from the boonies to be closer to work, over to Kirkwood. I expect break ins, thefts and petty stuff, but to have someone *killed* after giving someone everything they demanded really frightens me.

    The rally should be at 7 a.m. at The Standard. I’m going to try to make it then.

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  5. crackwilding on January 8th, 2009 @ 9:38 am

    This is really unbelieveable. I walk right past the Standard and the BP on the corner on my way to and from work, every day, often in the dark. I have no intention of changing my routine, but it’s really distressing news. Let’s hope this spurs the city to action.

  6. james hervey (jeherv) on January 8th, 2009 @ 10:08 am

    the whole thing is pretty disgusting. maigh and (the other) james were at the vigil this morning. we should get a report soon….

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