On February 18, The Los Angeles Times reported that Jaime Herrera, 25 was struck by a car while running across the 5 freeway. He just finished painting graffiti on a freeway sign. He was pronounced dead on the scene.What alarmed me most about this unfortunate event were the non-stop hateful comments left by readers of this story. Many of the comments were joyful and congratulatory towards the driver of the car for killing the graffiti writer. Here are a few examples:
"good, let the idiots die. I have no sympathy for him or his family. too bad the other tagger wasn't run over."
"Oh well, one less tagger"
"One down... a few more to go. I'm glad..."
"Hooray and good riddance to this graffiti vandal! Probably an illegal alien, too. If so then a double Hooray!"
"Give that driver a prize!"
Graffiti is a victimless crime! The Los Angeles freeways are already filthy. Jaime did not hurt anyone with his actions.
We send our condolences to Jaime's friends and family. Rest in Peace!