In many areas of the United States, violent crimes and overall hate are at record-high levels. These issues might sound like those that people wouldn’t face in their daily lives, but they are often closer than what some people think and can happen at any moment. People who are in the military are at a high risk of violence as well as the risk of suicide as this has been an issue as of late with those who are in the Army, National Guard, and other branches. Paul Monchnik is a World War II veteran who lived for 91 years before a teenager murdered him. Paul had been in the country since he was eight years old and wanted to be a true American from the time he arrived. One of the first things that he wanted to do was join the US Military. When he joined, he was called to fight during World War II.
Paul lived in Detroit before he served in the military and after the war. He enjoyed living in a busy city and made a life that was full of happiness. However, when Paul met George Steward, a 17-year-old full of anger, the life that the elderly veteran had made was taken away. When the teen came in contact with Paul, he tossed gasoline on him and set him on fire. Paul’s son arrived on the scene soon after the crime was committed. He had memories of the home where the fire occurred. However, it was burned down to the ground, and his father lost his life.
When Paul’s son looked through the rubble, he saw bloodstains on some areas of the floor. It’s believed that the teen beat the elderly man before setting him on fire. The overall scene that Paul’s son saw was like one from a horror movie. Paul was a man who enjoyed staying updated on the world’s events by reading his newspaper every day. There was no reason anyone would have to hurt the veteran as he tried to talk to everyone and spoke with kind words. He was a hard worker and loved his family, making sure that they had everything that they needed in life. Paul did everything he could to try to live to be 100 as that was one of his goals. Paul’s son fears that his father endured a significant amount of pain before he died. He fears that the pain that he could have experienced was even worse than what Paul saw while he was battling during World War II. Family members want officers to charge the teen who committed the murder at the highest degree possible so that justice can be served. The teen has decided to plead guilty and could be sentenced to spend 60 years in prison.