The “Lone Wolf”: an Unsuspecting Threat

My prayers go out to all of those adversely affected by the perverted actions of Ismaaiyl Brinsley – the disturbed man who assassinated NYPD Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu on December 20, 2014.

Brinsley, a deranged human being and a “lone wolf” is solely responsible for the pain and suffering caused by the horrific violence he perpetrated that fateful day against his girlfriend and Officers Ramos and Liu.

According to various press reports, Brinsley’s violent rampage began on the morning of December 20th  in Baltimore, Maryland where he shot his 29-year-old girlfriend in the stomach, stole, her cellular phone, and boarded a bus to New York City. Later that day Brinsley arrived in NYC. A few hours after his arrival, he snuck up on the unsuspecting officers and killed them in cold blood. At the time of their murders the officers were sitting in a police vehicle with their weapons holstered. Sadly, there was no opportunity for the officers to defend themselves.

Following the assassinations, Brinsley ran into a subway station and committed suicide.  Mercifully, albeit probably unintentionally, Brinsley’s suicide spares the officers’ families and the rest of the country the pain of going through a public trial that would no doubt exacerbate the recently exposed political and social tensions that exists in many communities.

Unfortunately Brinsley’s depraved actions have left a trail of sadness and destruction. An innocent young woman suffered a serious gunshot wound to the abdomen and two brave police officers- Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu are dead. The families of all three victims are left to cope with their enormous pain and suffering. Like other victims of violent crimes, the police officers’ families and friends will have to learn to live with the deep grief that stems from the brutal, senseless, sudden and permanent loss of their loved ones.

God, please comfort and help them all!


3 thoughts on “The “Lone Wolf”: an Unsuspecting Threat

  1. I have mixed emotions about the “Lone Wolf”. It’s hard for me to feel much sympathy for the police even when an injustice has been done to them. This is sad to say but it’s true. They cry the biggest tears when one of them is killed; but they kill unjustly and never cry a tear. They only try to cover it[“it” meaning the injustices they perpetrate upon others] up or they [try] to justify it[their unjust actions]. You are right the person who killed these two officers had a serious mental problem and no life should be unjustly taken.

    1. Dear Richard,
      Once again, thank you for taking time to read and comment on my blog.
      Late last night, I read your comment on the “Lone Wolf” post. Frankly, your honesty and heartfelt emotions have caused me to ponder a thoughtful and sensitive response to your comment. I am still prayerfully developing that response, which I hope to post later tonight or early tomorrow morning.

    2. Dear Richard,
      Once again, thank you for taking time to read and comment on my blog!
      Yesterday I read your comment about the “Lone Wolf” post. Frankly, I was caught off guard by your honesty. It is clear from your response that the post evoked strong and conflicting emotions within you.
      On the one hand, you clearly acknowledge the wrongfulness of the murders of officers’ Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu. Moreover, you condemn the actions of the assassin responsible for the innocent officers’ deaths. On the other hand, you highlight what you perceive as “hypocrisy” (my word not yours} by those officers who demonstrate outrage over and sympathy for the brutally slain officers; but fail to show the same kind of reverence, respect, and sadness for the victims whose lives have ended as a result of police brutality.
      Your comment compels rational people to acknowledge the value of each person’s life, regardless of the “isms” that have been socially engineered to separate us. It also confronts us with the truth that the senseless taking of any life is tragic.
      Thanks for sharing your thoughts with the rest of us.
      In accordance with His word, may the Lord comfort and soothe the broken hearted. May His Spirit continue to rest, rule, and abide with us all.
      Sincerely yours,


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