First homicide of the year, remember this name from another time? A painful time?
Posted by: About time
Date: January 24, 2009 06:02PM
A 29-year-old man becomes Youngstown’s first homicide of the year. Traditionally this phrase would not be even blinked at by anyone because it is almost expected. However, this young man has more than meets the eye behind him.
A few years back, this young man was hospitalized for a gunshot wound to the chest he received while shooting pool at a bar on the Westside of Youngstown. This incident was directly related to the shooting of a young Youngstown Police officer whose life was taken too early by all means, leaving behind his wife and family.
We are all reminded of this incident with Bike Runs annually, along with golf outings and other activities of remembrance to Officer Mike Hartzel. What we are not reminded of is that the gunman was the one involved in the altercation at that bar with this 29-year-old male. Without even being approached, he felt the need to take this officer’s life from him.
This altercation was one of many that this young man was involved in, but the first in which his mouth was met with retaliation. For years, this 29-year-old was known throughout Youngstown, Campbell, Austintown and other areas as a “problem.” Whatever you said to Kolesar that had him shoot you the first time, I am sure it was enough. It sure was enough for him to feel he had to take an innocent law abiding and upholding police officer’s life. Devastating his family and friends who are great fully reminded every year of both of your actions!
Now, you have reaped what you have sown, answer to God for your actions. When you get to those gates, I hope Mike is there to show how you destroyed his family and friends because you didn’t know how to mind your own! You pushed a man to shoot you once before and he in turn, not only screwed up by not doing it right, but he took a great man’s life instead and left trash like you to walk the streets longer.