The monthly anniversary of Ryan’s attack usually brings sadness. I hate the seventh of each month. Hate it! Yes, I am sad. Yet that’s not my overriding emotion. Today I am full-blown angry. Angry as hell. No kidding, I can practically hear it pulsating through my veins. I’ll be saying “Fuddrucker” on and off all day, for sure.For my money (tongue-in-cheek), I’ll take an anger over heartache and despair any day. Anger has a motivating quality… at least for me. This day is in complete focus. I sometimes call these my HD (High Definition) Days. This is a time when acuity is better than real life. You know, like watching the National Geographic or Discovery Channel in 1080p, with surround sound.
Please grant me the need to remind all who got us here. Namely, Austin Vantrease and Jonathan May (both of Newark, DE). Two thugs, among a gang of thugs, out looking for a fight. And, when they couldn’t get Ryan and his friends to engage, they ran them down. May punches Ryan in the jaw when Ryan was not looking. Meanwhile, Vantrease is doing the same to Ryan’s roommate. Then Vantrease winds up and kicks Ryan so violently that an independent witness describe at is “he punted his head”.
Please, take a few minutes to study the photo above. It is from the video surveillance camera just seconds before Ryan is beaten. Ryan is on the extreme left, wearing a white semi-formal button down shirt. His arms are out in a gesture of non-violence, backpedaling (at a high rate of speed) from the aggression. There are at least three attackers, all dressed in baggy clothes (ghetto) going after him. Vantrease is wearing the silly stripped shirt (with a lot of bling). May and Colin McKeefery are behind Vantrease in pursuit. The video was painful to watch.
I still have nightmares about it. This part of the dream is ALWAYS in black-and-white.
- 18 Months (ryansrally.org)