Daniel "Boone" Fuller was looking forward to climbing off his billboard until he got word from a reporter Sunday of yet another St. Louis homicide.
Fuller, 50, vowed early last month to remain on a billboard trailer, parked at an empty lot at Washington Avenue and North Sarah Street, until the city went without a murder for seven straight days.
Fuller ended his vigil on Sunday anyway—even though the city hadn't quite gone a full seven days without a homicide. He said he had made his point and wouldn't quibble over a few hours.
He had been sleeping on a hammock in the heat, and using a portable toilet during his campaign to bring attention to "all the killing going on."
On Sunday morning, Fuller was on local Fox affiliate KTVI (Channel 2) celebrating the fact that the city was just hours away from marking a murder-free week.
His attitude changed when a Post-Dispatch reporter asked about an apparent homicide Sunday morning on Semple Avenue.In a sane society, it would be nearly impossible for this one story to be topped by any other news item unless you lived in a "nation" hurriedly building its own funeral pyre.