WHY I CARRY: Young Man Fatally Stabbed While Cycling 1,000 Miles to Propose to His Girlfriend

September 9 2014
by GSL Staff
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Here is another one of our “Why I Carry” stories. These stories, unlike our defensive gun uses, take a look at situations that may have turned out very differently if the victim(s) had been armed. These stories also serve as an important reminder as to why it’s important to carry everyday.

Wow, this is a seriously sad story, but as I always say, we have to look at the bad to remind us why we choose to take steps to protect ourselves.

A 28 year old man was stabbed to death outside of a McDonald’s restaurant while talking to his girlfriend on the phone.

The man, Kevin Adorno, age 28, was cycling from Maryland to Miami in order to propose to his girlfriend.

Things went very, very wrong in Vero Beach, FL. According to WPBF,

“I had noticed a young boy set his tray of food down across the aisle from me,” [Barbara] Main told WPBF 25 reporter John Dzenitis. “He went outside. I guess he was using the phone.”

As the young man was chatting on his cellphone, Main could only watch in horror as a homeless man armed with a 12-inch filet knife came out of the shadows.

“He ran up and just started stabbing him,” Main said. “Then he took off running like a deer.”

The homeless man who stabbed Adorno to death has been identified as 59-year-old Rene Cruz. Cruz seems to have been suffering from mental issues.

While it may have been difficult to obtain a permit to carry in every state he was passing through it likely would not have been impossible. The young man could have also possibly adjusted his route to go through carry friendly states in order to protect himself.

We don’t know if having a gun would have helped this young man, but I do know that I will ALWAYS take having options over having none.

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