David Poole's Death: Tragedy Takes Place Right Under Our Eyes. And We All Should Care. Once Again, A Good Man Is Lost to Meaningless Violence. And We Can Do Something About it!

Stephen Arch    sparch@comcast.net    www.sparch@facebook.com

I would like to thank Jim "Sev" Severino for contributing and being a good friend to David Poole and citizen who helped inspire the following.  Thanks Sev Severino. 

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Note: David Poole a 1989 graduate of Montour High School, where I taught and got to know him - although Montour was a pretty big school, I was able to get to know just about every student and person who passed through the doors when I was there was a great person. 

I remember David as being a the kind of guy who always had a smile on his face.  He was personable, always respectful, and always "knew" how things were going. I will miss him, and I wish only God's love shine on his family in this sad and lonely time.  Friends can console and be there for them, but the personal grief they must feel is unbearable.  If you have a chance to assist the Poole family with expenses, a Funding Site has been established in David's name by his family and friends to help defer the expenses for his funeral and interment




  Stowe Township Man David Poole Died on Saturday after vicious attack.  Murderers stole $60 and a cell phone

Stowe Township Man David Poole Died on Saturday after vicious attack.  Murderers stole $60 and a cell phone

A 44-year-old father of five brutally attacked, smashed in the head.  Doctors now tell the family there is no hope, “he will not recover”.   His wife and kids have not left the hospital since the night of his attack.   Friends and family are now seeking donations for funeral arrangements.

Allegheny County police are investigating a homicide after the man, who was brutally attacked and robbed of $60 by three men in May in Stowe Township, died from his injuries on Saturday.

David Poole, 44, was attacked by three men on Frazier Avenue on May 27 and suffered a severe brain injury. He had been at Allegheny General Hospital since the attack. His family took him off of life support in early July.  

Another beating, another "meaningless death," another murder, but who cares?  Well, his family cares, local police care, his friends care.  I care.  It's just another example of, as I recently heard a national commentator say this evening, nobody is in control in this country and that, if you can get away with it, you do it. If you get caught, you express remorse (not because you took a life - but because you got caught - or try to find every loophole to beat this wrap).  Hire a great defense attorney. Or, take the "popular defense" in "I just didn't do it."

I remember growing up in McKees Rocks in the 60's, 70's, and 80's and never experiencing anything so awful and heinous as this act.  It is a belligerent act that shows the ruthlessness and the callousness of our country. Yes, it happened in Stowe Township, close to home, but it is happening all over the country.  Police are told to stand down, leave the drug addicts alone, leave the slime to roam the streets.

Dave Poole, a truly good guy, happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.  He was on life support since May 27.  As his sister said in the interview above, "his body was not ready to go, but his mind was not there anymore, so...."  How must it feel to issue a statement like this? Tina Ernst, David's sister, had the strength to tell the television cameras in such brave form that is was David's time to go.  How hard must it be to make a statement like this.

Poole’s family says he was a kind and loving person who would do anything for anyone. They said he would have given the people the money the night of the attack. Instead, they’re left grieving and fighting for him and hope to bring his attackers to justice.

“My feelings prior were sadness and hurt, and I still feel sad and hurt, but I also feel angry and upset, because there are three men out there that have not paid for this crime,” she said.

Poole leaves behind four teenage kids.

Dave left behind a wife and three wonderful children at the age of 44.  Meaningless.  Serving no purpose but violence.  Sixty dollars and a cell phone?  Is that worth dying for?

God only knows why these things happen.  As was so bravely put:  I have a strong faith in God,” said Poole’s sister, Tina Ernst. “My whole family does. I believe he’s in a better place. I truly believe that. I believe he’s not in pain anymore, and he’s not suffering anymore. 

I agree with Tina Ernst's optimism about her brother's death, but I know the anger she must feel inside, as do all of us, and as do all of his friends.

Poole passed away on Saturday. The medical examiner says the cause of death is blunt force trauma, and the manner of death is homicide.  The murderers have not been caught, yet.

My own personal feelings about his is that David Poole represents any of us who decides to take a walk home some evening and are accosted by thugs who have no regard for any life.  

These are scum!  Plain and simple.

This is how I feel.  Yes, it is a local attack, but watch local and national news.  

2009 CRIME RATE STATISTICS UP UNDER OBAMA: IS THE PRESIDENT RESPONSIBLE? By Patrick McCain:  Crime rate data for 2009 is trickling in and the statistics are not rosy for the president. The latest data out is from the non-aligned Committee to Protect Journalists. CPC data showed that journalists around the world are dying at a faster rate in 2009 than any year in recorded historyAnd it is gotten worse, not better.  When the leader of a country is anti-police and only seems to care about certain "deaths," it is no wonder that these things happen.

And this (Obama DOJ: Growth in Violent Crimes Against Whites - OCTOBER 19, 2012)

Not only is the U.S. economy in shambles, violent crime is at an all-time high and new federal statistics show that 2011 saw the biggest increase in criminal activity in nearly two decades with a large boost in the rate of “violent victimizations” for whites.

The rate of violent crime increased by a whopping 17% last year, according to the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), marking the biggest jump since 1993. Property crimes also went up 11% last year. That means that in 2011 there were nearly 6 million violent victimizations and more than 17 million property victimizations, according to the DOJ figures.

In an apparent effort to downplay the alarming statistics the feds explain in a press release that the swelling of violent crime is due to an increase in the number of aggravated and simple assaults. There was no “statistically significant change” in the number of more serious crimes such as rapes, sexual assaults and robberies, according to the explanation.

The Obama Administration also asserts that the 2011 increase appears so large because crime rates were at historically low levels in 2010. The bottom line is that violent crime is growing at a much faster rate than the economy. One liberal news website quoted renowned criminal justice professor saying that thestagnant economy may be driving more Americans to break the law. It’s part of “larger problems,” the expert says.

Here are more unsettling statistics buried deep in the DOJ’s new crime report; there has been a large increase in the rate of violent victimizations for whites, Hispanics and younger people. That means white non-Hispanics and Hispanics experienced an increase in violent victimization rates, while the rate for black non-Hispanics was stable, according to the DOJ stats.

We have all lost a friend, a contributing member of the community, a student.  A human being who had so much to offer was suddenly taken away from us, and the family is left to pick up the pieces.  I do believe that David is in God's hands now.  But it stings that it was not his time to be taken away from his children and his wife.  I am frozen at the callousness of this event.

What are people thinking when they take a life? Can they not know how much pain they cause?

The news cycle won't stop for David, and certainly the President of the United States won't hold a special press conference condemning the senseless violence that led to his death.  But David's family doesn't need that.  They need all of our prayers and support.

Finally, I'd like to share this that I found on a site that mentioned David's passing with my readers in hopes of helping the Poole family heal. We all know how much time that will take:

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me”…

[a-prayer-for-times-like-these] Dear Father, we thank you for the comfort we can only find in Your presence. Through the Holy Spirit we know Your presence is always with us.  Send this family Your peace Lord –  It is only Your peace that passes all understanding.

Dear Lord please comfort this family; cherish this family; help them to set aside despair in this most difficult of time.  Please help them not to waiver and doubt. 

Please grant them a faith that is everlasting, when they need it most.  We release our lives into Your hands.  As we wait and watch, teach us how to embrace it with faith.

Give us strength to hold up those hearts who are stepping closer to seeing You face to face. Take away the fear in the heart of the Poole family, and Your child David Poole who will soon see You.

We pray You will let this family find peace in Your grace, comfort in Your love, and strength in Your mighty power over death.  Comfort them as grief seems to over power them. 

You are a good, just, righteous, and loving Father. Do not let us grow bitter in this shadow of death.  Pierce our hearts with hope and love that we can not fathom or understand.  A joy that is above all that is corrupted here on earth.   You are conqueror of all; and so we trust You. We trust that You will do what is right, what is loving. Whether in death or in life Your will is accomplished and You are sovereign.

May the Poole family know Your presence, Lord. Keep them ever aware of Your loving hand guiding them through all these things.

In the name of Jesus we pray; Amen.