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.
You live in such a country, and St. Louis - the very city providing us with Mr. Fuller's failed attempt to stay atop a billboard until the guns went silent in the city - is such a metropolis to oblige us with the insanity. [Funeral directors make plea to 'stop the violence' in St. Louis, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, August 3, 2015]:
The latest plea to stop the violence in St. Louis came from an unusual source on Sunday: funeral directors.
On Sunday afternoon, a procession of about 10 hearses and limousines — escorted by about 200 motorcycles — rolled down Washington Avenue, headed north to Page Boulevard and ended back downtown, at America’s Center. Police escorted the participants, and people on the sidewalks stopped to watch.
The procession, called the Stop the Violence Rally, was organized by the National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association Inc., which brought about 3,000 people to St. Louis for its annual convention this week. The association conducts similar anti-violence rallies each year during its conventions, organizers said.
“It’s important to let the community know that the funeral directors are concerned about violence in cities and the severity of it,” said William Harris, owner of William C. Harris Funeral Directors on Halls Ferry Road in north St. Louis County.
“The majority of all funeral homes (here) experience violent deaths on a regular basis — it’s got to stop,” he said.#EndViolenceSTL
Pretty please... Or else the Stop the Violence Rallies will continue unabated, and scores of tax-payer funded organizations dedicated to stopping the violence will need further funding.
If you still don't understand the United States of America is terminal, you'll never, ever get the joke.