Many are familiar wiuth the prior thread where 3 teens took the day off from school to mug people here in W. Reading, PA.
After mugging two other people earlier in the day, they were at 1st Ave in West Reading near the fishing pier when they decided to mug a 65 year old man riding a bicycle.
The 16 year old Julius Johnson was was under house arrest wearing an ankle bracelet locator that he removed to go out on the mugging spree with his role model friends.
Here is the summary story.
3 teens knock 65 year old man off Bicycle attempting to mug
...but man pulls out a gun. Guess how the story ends
A 65-year-old man riding his bicycle along a Berks County trail became the target of three teenage boys looking to mug him.
In a matter of moments the teens became the target of the cyclist resulting in 2 shot and 1 dead.
The man was riding his bicycle about 11 a.m. on the Thun Trail near the Bertolet Fishing Dock in West Reading when the boys knocked him off his bicycle and pinned him against a fence in a robbery attempt, police said.
Two of the boys were assaulting the man when he pulled a handgun and shot them, police said.
Julias Johnson, a 16-year-old on probation, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The other boy was taken to Reading Hospital with a single gunshot wound and is expected to survive.
Police said they took the uninjured boy and the victim to the Cumru Township police station for questioning.
They consulted Berks County District Attorney John Adams, released the victim and sent the boy to the Youth Detention Center.
Berks County District Attorney John Adams said he does not condone violence, but said the man had no choice but to defend himself against the teens.
Adams added the victim did not provoke the attack, could not get away and feared for his life.
Here is the obituary from today's Reading Eagle on this wonderful model citizen. The obit shows that he must have been a saint!
What a tragic loss this will be!
Julius William Johnson, 16, of Reading, PA, went home to be with the Lord, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012.
Born Sept. 19, 1995, in Reading, PA, he was the son of Idella Hopkins George, (husband Donald) and William Johnson, (wife Donna).
Julius was a student at Reading Senior High School; where he was an active member of the Wrestling team. He had a love for fashionable clothing and shoes; he had a style that was all his own. He enjoyed listening to his favorite rap artists; playing Play Station or hanging out with his friends, and having A Good Time and while being happy with his Family. He will be remembered for his picture-perfect smile; his vibrant personality, his swagg; the enjoyment he received in experiences offered when he attended the Holy Trinity Church, the Olivets Boys Club and the community Y.E.S program. He will be Truly Missed.
Julius was a loving, son, brother and uncle. In addition to his parents, he leaves to cherish fond memories: two brothers, Andre Smith Shabazz and Allen Craft Hopkins; six sisters: Betina Mixon, Julia Mixon (fiance, Adrian Gonzalez), Ashley Jones-Santos (husband, Emiliano), Silver Pyanov, (husband, Edward), Brianna Tallman (husband, Andrew), and Karonna Johnson; four nephews: Darrius Harris, Liam, Levi, and Luke; four nieces: Emerald Smith-Phillips, Juliana James, Monica Shabazz, and Adriana Gonzalez; two aunts, Marleen Franise and Debbie Boise; one uncle, Allen Hopkins; and the father who helped to raise him Maurice Jones; his beloved dog Ice; a host of other relatives; and his godparents and friends.
He was predeceased by his brother, Alfie Hopkins, his maternal grandparents, Leonard and Eleanor Hopkins Copeland; and paternal grandmother, Athena Johnson.
A religious service to celebrate Julius's life will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 3, 2012, at the St. John Missionary Baptist Church, 436 South Seventh Street, Reading, with the Rev. Dr. Bernie H. Manning, Pastor, officiating.
A viewing will be held one hour prior to the service. The family will receive friends immediately after the services in the church social hall. Interment will be Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012, at 10 a.m. in Charles Evans Cemetery, Reading. Ministry of comfort entrusted to T.J. Baker Funeral Home, Inc., 222 North Front Street, Reading, PA 19601.
Yes, the entire episode is tragic, but let's call a spade a spade! This kid did not appear to be on the road to becoming a productive citizen. None of these 3 did.
Sad for all, and sad, IMHO, for the 65 year old. I would expect he will become a target of vengeance and will need to move to protect himself from these thugs!