The worst thing Rosemary Fernandez-Rivera could have done was to witness a crime. The store clerk at a North Philly store apparently witnessed the killing of a man outside the store.
According to a story in the Philly Inquirer:
“An arrest warrant had been issued for a man wanted in Chevere’s killing, and on Monday, the Philadelphia Daily News published a photo of the fugitive.
“About 7:40 that night, a man wearing a ski mask strode into the market and, without a word, walked past two other employees, opened a counter door leading to where Fernandez-Rivera was working the cash register, and shot her four times in the chest.
“Fernandez-Rivera died at Temple University Hospital.
“The gunman fled on foot without taking any cash, Homicide Capt. James Clarke said during a Tuesday news conference.”
I know I preach not snitching but really, what’s a witness to do? Is it really worth your life? I’m starting to wonder. It sure doesn’t seem like the police can protect the people who want to help and if that’s the case, I’m not sure I’d open my mouth either.
Here in Chester County we had our first murder of the year. It was in Coatesville where the “Stop Snitching” slogan remains strong. And that’s a shame. Coatesville has seen its share of violence and doesn’t need to start off the year so soon with another murder.
— Andy Hachadorian