A manager for a Taco Bell restaurant in Michigan was murdered by a homeless employee that he was allowing to stay with him at his apartment, according to local law enforcement. And this is why so many people have stopped trying to help others who are in a bind. You never really know the kind of threat a person poses in this day and age. It’s tragic that’s become the case, but it is what it is.
According to TheBlaze, “27-year-old Louis Stafford was the manager of the Chesterfield Township Taco Bell when he noticed one of his employees was arriving for work with wet clothing. When he asked 24-year-old Dejon Drake why his clothes were wet, Drake told him he was homeless.”
“The guy told him that he was basically living in a tent behind the Taco Bell. Louis said, ‘Hey, you don’t have to be out there. You can come stay with me,'” Stafford’s cousin Zonni Juan went on to say during a conversation with local media outlet WXYZ-TV. Juan then revealed that Stafford, out of the kindness of his heart, invited Drake to come live in his apartment, however, the situation went south very fast when Drake started to become combative.
“The people at his job became afraid of him,” Juan explained. “He started getting really combative and they were like ‘We’re going to fire him.’ Louis just kept stepping in, kept trying to advocate for him.”
Stafford eventually became fed up with the situation and asked Drake to move out of his apartment on July 29. A fight broke out between the two men and that’s when Drake allegedly shot and killed Stafford. Drake was then arrested and booked into the Macomb County Jail, charged with second-degree murder and felony firearm possession. His bond was set at $2 million.
Juan then stated that the whole situation could have been avoided if better mental illness care was available.
“He was the type of young man that you would look at him and say, one day he’s going to make someone a really great husband, he’s gonna make someone a good father,'” Juan said, recalling memories of Stafford.
“Stafford’s family said that he had just been getting his life back together after his brother died from complications with COVID-19 and diabetes. He had also been previously shot three times during a robbery when he worked at a McDonald’s restaurant,” TheBlaze stated.
Isn’t this just tragic? A man attempted to reach out and help someone and was rewarded for his good deed by being murdered in cold blood. What an awful way to leave the world. This makes wanting to help others less appealing, which is also a tragedy. There are genuine people out there who wouldn’t hurt a fly who really could use the kind of assistance Drake received, but unfortunately, fear is going to prevent that from happening.
Of course, there are lots of other ways to provide help and we should be engaged in those kind of acts of charity. Let’s hope Drake pays for his crimes and Stafford’s family gets justice for what happened.