Just in case you think you're safe on your own front porch this weekend, you should check out the sad details of Lance Rutter's homicide in today's Star.
Early Saturday morning, Rutter became KCMO's 65th homicide of the year when two unidentified men came into his yard, held him up and shot him.
A few hours before his death, the 23-year-old finished his shift at Power & Light District's Pizza Bar and came home with his roommate to put some laundry in the machine. While they waited on their porch, the two men jumped the fence of the home at 38th and Baltimore Avenue, pulled guns on them, and demanded their wallets. Police say Rutter either refused, or didn't have his on him. His roommate gave up his own wallet. Before they ran, one of the robbers fired a shot into Rutter. He was dead by the time the police arrived.
No one's been arrested.
The saddest line in the Star's story -- and boy is it a feat to pull that off -- comes from Rutter's mother, Tracy Mueller.
"He was sitting on his own front porch," Mueller said. "You're supposed to be able to do that."
What else can be said?