I got a phone call this morning from David which wouldn't be unusual except that I talked to him yesterday and we usually try to stretch the money I put on the account by spacing out the phone calls.
As soon as he came on the line, I knew something was wrong. I could hear the tears in his voice and could barely understand what he was saying. He called because of a news story he saw last night. A man was beaten and left for dead over a dispute over a parking spot. Read the news story here.
The man who was attacked, Chad McDonald, was David's boss for 3 years. Apparently, Fernando Aristy, regularly parked his car in a no parking zone in front of the warehouse where Chad worked. There were signs stating that it was a no parking zone but Aristy parked there anyway. He was repeatedly warned to move his car by Chad but would park there anyway. Eventually, Chad called and had the car towed. Aristy then came back with two friends and attacked Chad and then left him lying on the ground. He was transported to the hospital where he later died from his injuries.
Information on Fernando Aristy can be found here.
Chad leaves behind a large extended family in addition to his wife of ten years and their two sons ages 15 and 11. The 11 year old will be 12 on Friday.
One of the worst parts of this tragedy is that Aristy has had a warrant out for him since September of 2009 when he was released from prison and failed to show up for his probation meeting. He should have been back in jail for that but authorities hadn't found him so he was still out to commit this crime.
Chad didn't have any life insurance so the loss of his income will greatly impact his family. There is a benefit scheduled for November 6 at 8pm at the Lynnway Sports Center in Lynn, MA. I am planning to attend and hope that a lot of others will as well.
Chad was a great guy. Hardworking and easy going. Always had a smile for everyone. He was a terriffic father. He was always great with Davis when he and I would go by the warehouses to see David while he worked. He will be missed.