A murder last night....

  1. One of our residents was murdered last night. Lou was handicapped from spinabifida. He was actually the only resident in the place that did not utilize aide services. He was completely independent.

    Apparently he was having an affair with a woman and her husband showed up last night, and right in the center of the main lobby, shot him point blank in the chest. Our CHHA saw the whole thing.She locked herself in the security booth, but meanwhile another CHHA heard the boom and came out from the elevator. She saw Lou on the floor, and asked if he needed help. Then the man turned the gun on her and said LEAVE, so she did, ran to the security booth as well. They are so distraught, my partner who runs the alternate programs, that I am not responsible for, called me this am and told me the whole thing.

    Lou was a special person. He held a job and wheeled himself to work over 3 miles, took between 1 1/2 to 2 hours one way, every day. He was working lots of OT to save for a handicapped van like his neighbor had. I knew him from VNA, we did daily would care on him for years for chronic fistulas. We will miss him.

    Another nurse and I were discussing Lou a few weeks ago, and she said that he once told her in a conversation, that if he could live his life over again, he would not choose a different path. She speculated that it was because he never knew what he had missed. I hope he is able to walk in heaven now.
  2. 4 Comments

  3. by   canoehead
    Such a shame hoolahan. People are getting crazier every day.

    I hope those that witnessed the murder will be able to feel safe afterwards, I don't know if I could.
  4. by   hoolahan
    We are really worried about that too. Gala is going to ask the police about some stress debriefing. We have no EAP program at my job. Thankfully, one of our aides gave the police a description of the car and they got the man who did it. It will be very hard on all the residents too, since many of them are emotionally younger than their age, and because Lou was such a genuinely nice and giving person.
  5. by   NRSKarenRN
    Hoolahan...Boy, what an introduction to a new job you've had! Know you've written about this man on another post. Sending a cyper hug to pass along to the staff {{{{{hug}}}}}.

    The aides may be eligible for stress debriefing under NJ states crime victum funds---we have that in PA. Look in blue pages of phone book under your county government for crime victims unit or your district attorneys office.

    The buildings residents should have a meeting just to vent since handicapped. Memorial sevice with planting of flowers eg Mums in his memory by your staff next week.
    Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Nov 10, '01
  6. by   hoolahan
    I will do that, Thank you Karen!