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TN - Gordon Schaffer, 22, slain in Papa John's robbery, Columbia, 20 Oct 2014

Discussion in 'Crimes in the News' started by noZme, Oct 29, 2014.

  1. noZme

    noZme Active Member

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    I saw this story following a link to another case & didn't see as WS thread.
    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/nat...neral-slain-employee-family-article-1.1990720


    October 20, 2014, Gordon Schaffer, 22, was alone, working a late shift, when he was ambushed by two masked men. He handed over the cash, but was shot & killed anyway buy 2 thugs.

    Darious A. Fitzpatrick, 17, was arrested Wednesday and charged with first-degree murder, felony murder and aggravated robbery, among other charges in previous robberies.Yep, 17 years old with a gun & prior robberies. Details are in the piece. .... A second suspect is still wanted by police.

    The article is about
    John Schnatter, founder & CEO of the restaurant chain attending the funeral & offering to pay the burial expenses. But, I think the real story is a young man, Gordon Schaffer was working for a living when sorry, good-for-nothing, low-life thugs cut his life short. They weren't interested in working for what they get; they wanted something for nothing. And isn't that the backstory to many crimes we discuss?

    I haven't had time to research Mr Schaffer or see if the 2nd guy was caught but I wanted to put this out there. Apparently, his was not a story that made headlines. Why, because, IMO, we see this every day & are desensitized to a regular ol' holdup, robbery, shooting. But fellow sleuths, this is exactly the kind of crime that puts us all in danger. This young man was not killed because of risky behavior; he was at work. (
    Please thank & comment if you agree. )

    What is wrong with this world?

     
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  3. Tonia

    Tonia New Member

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    Senseless killing. This poor man was shot and killed because supposedly he wouldn't give him more money when the register was emptied. The police asked Fitzpatrick if he shot Gordon to scare him and he replied " i shot him to kill him". I hope this guy gets punished to the full extent of the law.

    Schaffer's stepfather told News 2 his stepson began working at the Columbia Papa John's several months ago.

    He said he was experienced, having previously worked at the Papa John's in Cool Springs and in Green Hills, and never feared for his safety working alone late at night.

    Schaffer's mother, Mollie Buckner, remembered her son as the kind of man who would have offered to help anyone in need, even the men that robbed him.

    "Had they come to him and said they needed something, he would have brought them home, fed them, and let them stay at our house," Buckner told News 2. "He would have given them anything that they wanted."

    Family members say while arrests in the case bring some closure, they don't bring Gordon back.

    "It doesn't change the fact that the most precious thing I've ever had was taken from me. But it's good to know they can't do this to someone else," his mother said.
    In addition to the Papa John's case, Fitzpatrick faces two aggravated robbery counts for Dollar General store robberies that took place at the store on East James M. Campbell Boulevard on Oct. 13 and at the store on Bear Creek Pike on Oct. 17.

    http://www.wkrn.com/story/26838177/papa-johns-employee-shot-and-killed-during-robbery

    RIP Gordon :(
     
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    wendybtn Well-Known Member

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    This is the kind of crime that angers me deep down below the pit of my stomach, my soul, perhaps. Completely senseless killing, totally selfish. To me this person is just as much a sociopath or psychopath as Ted Bundy, and needs to be away from normal society for life.
     
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    JusticeWillBeServed Well-Known Member

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    Second suspect in Papa John's shooting surrenders - April 2015

    Third suspect arrested in 2014 Papa John’s murder - December 2016

     
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    JusticeWillBeServed Well-Known Member

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    From last month:

    http://www.columbiadailyherald.com/news/20180412/jury-sentences-fitzpatrick-to-life-in-2014-papa-johns-murder

     
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    Girlfriend speaks out in Papa John's murder case
     
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    Fitzpatrick receives 20-year sentence for robbery
     

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