The grief of losing a loved one, yet finding some comfort in sitting by their final resting place is a powerful reminder of the permanent impression we can leave upon a person, even if the "person" in this equation is a canine.
|Dave and Patti Stevens, married for 25 years, are both now dead. Dave, murdered by a former Texas A&M football player in a "random" slaying, and Patti now dead by apparent suicide|
Conversely, the story of Patti Stevens final days on earth are a reminder of what happens when a population far removed from "Man's Best Friend" is allowed to commit "random... totally random" murder (Dave, her husband of 25 years, was found “laying down with a sword in his head and not moving.”).
[Patti Stevens, widow of slain White Rock runner, killed self, authorities say, Dallas Morning Star, October 26, 2015]:
The wife of a man who was killed at random while running near White Rock Lake two weeks ago took her own life Sunday, authorities said.
Patti Stevens, 54, a physical therapist, was found dead of suspected suicide at her home in the 200 block of Brazos Lane in Sunnyvale, said Raul Reyna, a spokesman for the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department. She had shared the home with her husband, Dave, since 2009.
The couple did not have children.
Two of Dave’s coworkers called police for a welfare check on Patti after she didn’t answer her phone on Saturday night or Sunday morning, said neighbor Michael Knight, who spoke to the friends.
The call came in around 2:18 p.m., and sheriff’s deputies arrived six minutes later to find Patti’s body, Reyna said.
Sheriff’s deputies are investigating and the Dallas County medical examiner’s office said an official cause of death was not available Monday morning. But Knight, the neighbor, said police found her body in the garage and they believed she died of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Her death came a week after she told The Dallas Morning News about her love for her husband of 25 years, and her overwhelming grief.
“Dave was the love of my life and I’m lost without him,” she said through tears Oct. 19. “People need to know that this was a wonderful person going out and doing what he loved to do.”
Patti Stevens said then that she had trouble with sleeping, eating and even thinking clearly after her husband’s death.
Stevens, 53, ran 10 miles around White Rock Lake every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning before heading to his electrical engineering job at GE in Plano.
Police said Thomas Linze Johnson, 21, a mentally ill former Texas A&M football player, randomly picked out Stevens and hacked him to death with a machete around 8 a.m. Oct. 12 on the White Rock Creek Trail.
Johnson, a high school football star at Skyline High School, is currently in the Dallas County jail in lieu of $500,000 bail. Police said Johnson admitted killing Stevens, who he did not know, and placed a 911 call on a passerby’s cellphone after doing so.
Police initially had difficulty identifying the slain man and Patti Stevens later said she spent more than a day trying to figure out what happened to her husband.
She said he came home at the same time every day and when he didn’t arrive that evening or answer phone calls, she went looking for him. She called police after she found his car parked in a parking lot late the night he was killed.
Patti said during her interview with The News last week that she hadn’t read news accounts of her husband’s slaying and didn’t know the details of his death. She said she was just trying to figure out how to move on without him.Dave Stevens body was hacked to death, virtually unrecognizable even to his wife. A sword was left in his head, after a former (beloved by tens of thousands of white Texas A&M alumni, who would do everything to avoid him six days out of week, but everything possible to watch him play on fall Saturday's) college football player selected him at "random... totally random."
|On fall Saturday's, white people who implicitly avoid black people for six days of the week, explicitly worship black athletes like Thomas Johnson|
Dave and Patti Stevens were both white people, who created a life together. After Dave was savagely, brutally murdered by a former black Texas A&M football player, Patti would persist for less than a fortnight.
In the end, Thomas Linze Johnson has murdered not one, but two people.
It's my great hope that one day we understand the loyalty showed by dogs to their deceased owners is the exact type of grieving we should have for those white people murdered by a race of people seemingly immune from criticism or judgment in America.
Dave and Patti Stevens are both dead, and it should be painfully obvious neither death was "random... totally random," as police stated in Dallas.