According to Miami-Dade County police, Ernest Holdman tried to burglarize a home at Northwest 112th Street and 18th Avenue. Neighbors said Holdman, 31, climbed onto the roof of a trailer and tried stealing the homeowner’s yard tools.
Dennis Law, the 49-year-old homeowner, then shot Holdman, police say. He was dead when police arrived.
“He’s a good guy, you know,” said Lynn Eason, Holdman’s sister. “He never really hurt nobody or went out of his way to be mean or nasty to anybody. Maybe he did get caught in the wrong situation, but I think it could have been handled differently, better than that.”
“He wasn’t armed. I mean, lawn equipment?” said Melissa Jones, a friend of Holdman. “It doesn’t make no sense to kill somebody for a weedwacker that cost $110. C’mon. That’s somebody life.”
We, members of a society, made a choice to live under certain set of rules. The finer points of the rules may vary, but one of them is “You Shall Not perpetrate Malum In Se against your fellow humans.” When you choose to violate that simple rule, you open yourself to possible consequences that might no be of your liking. And yes, sometimes people make the wrong decisions, pay for them and hopefully they learn from their mistakes and live a productive and peaceful life. But if you choose to repeat the same conduct that got you in trouble in the past and you paid for it, then you are opening yourself to more of the same consequences or even worse as in this particular case.
“It doesn’t make no sense to kill somebody for a weedwacker that cost $110. C’mon. That’s somebody life.”
He did not get killed for a weedwacker. He got killed because he violated the sanctity of a neighbor’s household, violated the safety of the neighbor and decided that the property was his for the taking dismissing the hard work that the neighbor put to acquire that property. Basically he made a series of purposeful choices that ended his life and there is nobody else to blame but Mr. Holdman himself.
And yes, Mr. Holdman might be going through a rough time in his life and needed the money, but so are many people in out country and they made the conscious decision of not going the criminal way and to hold on to whatever figment of dignity and morality they had left rather than trying to victimize somebody else. I did a quick check and found no less than 10 churches in Mr. Holdman’s neighborhood and there was one from his domicile to where he ended up dying. At any of these churches he could have found, if not God, at least a helping hand, a friendly ear or even a meal and a chance for hope.
He chose poorly.