Savage Mr. Pitts - Savage :Middle English: from Old French sauvage 'wild', from Latin silvaticus 'of the woods', from silva 'a wood'. - and the boy he slaughtered Kevin O'Malley
Kevin O'Malley was murdered by a savage in Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago, this past weekend. Kevin is the son of Brian O'Malley, Leo Class of 1972.
Leo High School has had more than its share of blood spilled by the hands of savages - shot, stabbed, or bludgeoned.
This is not a delicate subject whatsoever. Savages murdered Leo freshman Antonio Davis and put Leo Man Miles Turner in Illinois Rehab for the better part of a year and a wheelchair. Savages murdered Officers Eric Lee and William Fahey. Savages murdered Leo Valedictorian and Golden Gloves Champion Jason Riley. Savages murdered a Leo student from Canaryville's brother in a gangway at 45th & Wallace. Savages come in every race, creed and of course color.
To say, this is not the case is unjust.
Kevin O'Malley's mother and father, like the thousands of anguished parents and relatives who cry out over the loss of victims of savagery on the evening news, are going to bury their child. Kevin O'Malley is the same age as my son.
The savage who shot Kevin O'Malley will be considered for comfort by the people who do not want us to use the noun that describes base, animal humans who only understand impulses.
Our culture makes victims of savagery privileged characters, or, at best, people to be forgotten and turns savages into cult heroes - give the media forty-eight hours and Mr. Pitts will become Mr. Chips, without an opportunity.
That is wrong in every color of the rainbow.
May Christ comfort the O'Malley family and welcome home Kevin OMalley.