On Saturday night, three white males decided to target a black homeless man sleeping on California’s Ventura Beach for a cruel, senseless crime. The suspects, estimated to be in their late teens or early 20s with shaved heads, doused 58-year-old veteran John Frazier and his possessions in lighter fluid before setting the sleeping man ablaze. You can watch the report below, courtesy ofNBC:
Fortunately, a Good Samaritan saw the flames and rushed to put out the fire with sand before calling the police. When law enforcement and firefighters arrived, Frazier was found with second and third-degree burns on his torso and face, covering 40% of his extremities. He is currently in critical condition at the Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center, but is expected to survive the attack.
The community, visibly shaken by this act of violence, has shown its support for Frazier by putting messages, flowers and candles at the location of the attack, which is defined by a black char mark on the wall.
According to Elaine Lutz, a resident of Ventura, Frazier was a kind man who kept to himself and never bothered anybody. Lutz said:
“We were talking about how beautiful the sunset was and the fish sculptures and how nice the evening was and he was just a really nice guy.”
Charon Shirk, another Ventura resident, said:
“It’s just really sad. It’s sad that a man is sleeping on the beach and then three knuckleheads just put him on fire for whatever reason. It’s just sick. It’s really sick.”
Ventura residents want to send a message that the hateful behavior behind the attack is unacceptable in the community and not a reflection of its residents. Dan Roundtree said:
“This is not representative of the Pierpont community. It’s a very tight-knit beach community, and for this to happen it’s just beyond belief, beyond belief, and whoever is responsible for this, they will be found.”
Other residents of the community are calling for serious consequences for the attackers. Kelly Moore said:
“They should be caught and they should be tried for attempted murder. This is not something to be forgot and be forgiven.”
10 Arise ye, and depart; for this is not yourrest: because it is polluted, it shall destroyyou, even with a sore destruction.
17 Remember what Amalek did unto thee by the way, when ye were come forth out of Egypt;
18 How he met thee by the way, and smote the hindmost of thee, even all that werefeeble behind thee, when thou wast faint and weary; and he feared not God.