WHY I CARRY: Father of 5 Stabbed, Left to Die After Asking Fellow Fisherman to Quieten Down

April 16 2015
by GSL Staff
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Here is another one of our “Why I Carry” stories. These stories, unlike our defensive gun use stories, take a look at situations that may have turned out very differently if the victim(s) had been armed. These stories are the “other side of the coin” so to speak and serve as an important reminder as to why it’s important to take responsibility for your own personal safety.

A father of 5 and a volunteer wrestling coach is dead after being stabbed by an unknown assailant while fishing. Peter Kelly asked a group of rowdy men who were drinking, smoking marijuana, and being loud to keep it down near a public fishing area. One of the men then stabbed Peter to death.

The suspect in the case turned himself into police earlier today but has not yet been identified.

According to local media reports:

Sheriff Peter Johnson says two groups of men, two anglers on the Minnesota side of the river and three on the Wisconsin side, began arguing around 6:30 p.m. near Interstate Park. Over the next several hours the argument escalated, and eventually the two men on the Minnesota side drove across the river to a boat landing where a physical altercation took place. During that fight, 34-year-old Peter Kelly of St. Croix Falls, Wis. was fatally stabbed.

The three men who were involved in the fight with the victim immediately fled the scene.

A GoFundMe page has been setup to raise money for his family and has already raised over $50,000.

As always, I have to point out that a firearm may or may not have helped prevent or stop this crime. However, I prefer to have options whenever possible over simply begging for my life.

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