This past Tuesday night a sad story played out in downtown Denver, Colorado that didn’t get much coverage in the national media. A private security guard who works for a company that the city of Denver employs to help commuters get around the city, was murdered late Tuesday night by a man who police describe as a “radical Muslim.”
Scott Von Lanken, 56, worked for the Regional Transportation District (or RTD) in Denver along with about 250 other RTD officers. On Tuesday night he was shot and killed while helping two women figure out which light rail route they should be using to get home. The women said while they were speaking a man, identified as 37-year-old Joshua Cummings, walked up behind Von Lanken muttered something and then shot the officer in the neck. Surveillance video caught the crime on tape and Cummings was arrested about 20 minutes later and the murder weapon has also been recovered.
Investigators worry that Von Lanken may have been targeted because he was wearing a uniform and Cummings may have confused him for a police officer.
“This is an incredibly sad day for us, and on behalf of the entire RTD family I extend my prayers and express my sincere condolences to the officer’s family, friends and loved ones,” RTD CEO Dave Genova said on Thursday.
“It’s really disheartening when anyone loses their life, but especially when we have someone out there providing safety to the community at large,” police chief Robert White told the media.
"Prayers from the downtown motorcycle unit." – Denver police officers create memorial for man who died in overnight shooting on 16th St. pic.twitter.com/9dNh0yzcDG
— Amanda Zitzman (@AmandaZitzman) February 1, 2017
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Von Lanken family and his loved ones, but we’re also forced to wonder why this story isn’t getting more coverage across the nation. Yet another homegrown violent Muslim attack on our soil even as liberal Democrats search for new and creative way to import thousands more Muslim migrants. Stories like this should be part of the immigration/refugee conversation.