Taking Back the Community, One Block at a Time
Tuesday I attended the funeral of Ruby L. Coney, a 96 year-old woman from Centreville, Illinois. She was murdered doing a home invasion last week. The police said that she let her killer or killers in because there was no visible forced entry. This lady was the grandmother of a very close family friend (my mother's best friend) who we have known for more than thirty years. Our families are very close.
Why would anyone want to kill a frail little woman? She was in her home, not bothering anybody. She had lived in her community for more than 50 years, probably the same house. She had more than 100 grandchildren. The grandchildren stayed around the house all the time. Apparently she was killed right after one had left from visiting. They stole a piggy bank with no more than a dollar in change in it. The pastor reminded the jammed packed church that revenge is God. I understood what he was telling the family. He wanted them to know that the battle was not theirs but it was the Lord. I can imagine the men and maybe some women in the family wanting revenge. Hopefully the pastors' message was understood.
We need to monitor our women and children more in the community. But we must please do the same for our elderly. The remarks from the family, friends, and the former mayor of the city showed that this was a woman who had raised her own and blocks and blocks of other children in the community. It is time to take by our blocks, one at a time and protect the men, women, and children who have planted roots there. Let's not let another senior citizen die at the hands of a hoodlum.