On May 5th, two teenage boys were shot and killed by the homeowner after an attempted burglary went “south” for them.
Michael Sambrano, age 14 and Steven Crider age 17 broke into the home of an elderly woman, for the third time at around 1:45 a.m., when her brother who had been staying with her, because of the recent break-ins, shot and killed them both.
The 67 year-old homeowner, just a week prior to this incident had called 911 to report that someone was breaking into her home, and upon arrival those officers found a sliced screen, an unlocked backdoor as well as a missing purse, keys and jewelry. She also called them for another home invasion attempt just a few days later, where officers confirmed that someone had attempted to gain entry into her home.
Following the shooting on May 5th, police were able to ascertain through fingerprints, that one of the teens killed in that last burglary attempt, was indeed present at the April 20th attempt.
Now, weeks later, family and friends of the deceased criminals are claiming it was the homeowners fault and that they should never have killed them.
He and his 16-year-old best friend were shot and killed on Sunday morning by someone inside a home the teens were breaking into. Police won’t say whether it was the elderly homeowner or her brother who shot and killed the teens who had just broken into their home.
“They were on their way out the door, and I just think it was wrong that they were shot,” said Christina Sambrano.
I am going to go into a bit of a rant here, because this is the type of stupidity that is propagating across our Nation and it needs to stop.
These boys, no matter their age made a conscious decision to steal from someone. Whether they were taught “right from wrong” is irrelevant. At a certain age you have to take responsibility for your actions. If you are willing to steal, then you have to be willing to pay the price. It is a shame that anyone has to die, but as life dictates, its inevitable. You will die, but if you decide to infringe upon someone else’s rights, then there is a greater price to pay for that decision.
It is time to stop making excuses for these “criminals”. It doesn’t matter what side of the tracks you are from. It doesn’t matter that you grew up with less. It doesn’t matter that you didn’t have decent parents to teach you the skills to become a productive citizen. If you choose to victimize someone else, you put your own life in their hands.
It is “high time” we stop whining about what caused the problems in your life, and do something productive to change it. Being a criminal is being a criminal, period. There will always be those who gravitate toward criminal activity. Those who do not wish to work for their possessions, but feel others owe them something. And because of this type of mentality, there should always be armed citizens to protect against these types of predators.
Teach your children the difference. Teach them to respect others. Teach them that there are consequences to their actions. Teach them the value of hard work, by example, not by words. And quit playing the “blame game”.
Your son, your brother, your boyfriend was a criminal who inflicted his ill-will upon an elderly woman, justice was served and he got what he deserved. Sorry for you loss, but it is no ones fault, but the parents who didn’t raise him and himself.
Patrick James has worked as a firefighter/EMT for several services throughout the years, as well as a custom metal fabricator, certified personal trainer and chef.
Growing up in the rural suburbs of Detroit, it was during his frequent trips to Northern Michigan where he learned of his love for hunting and fishing. Spending several of his adult years in upstate South Carolina, his love of extreme sports took root in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains as he learned to rock climb and kayak.
“Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and vanish into air.” ~ John Quincy Adams