“He was helping a coworker who was down on his luck,” Leola Stafford told the Daily. “My son didn’t deserve to die,” the grieving mother said. “He was helping a coworker who was down on his luck. He had a good heart. He was doing a good deed and didn’t have to die for this. “He offered him love, a roof over his head, a shower and bed to sleep in, and [Drake] turns around and kills him.” WXYZ-TV in Detroit spoke to Stafford’s cousin Zonni Juan about how Drake ended up in the apartment. “The guy told him that he was basically living in a tent behind the Taco Bell. Louis said, ‘Hey, you don’t have to be out there. You can come stay with me,'” Juan told the outlet. She added that even after it was apparent something wasn’t right about the 24-year-old and colleagues wanted him fired, her cousin stood up for him. Now Stafford is dead, leaving behind a fiancée whose life has been shattered by a man who police say chose to kill the only person who was looking out for him. As the young man’s mother said, he chose to do a good thing, and it apparently cost him his life. [firefly_poll] Stories like this one are reminders that we cannot help everyone we encounter and that sometimes the misery of strangers is out of our hands. It’s a harsh reality if you’re the kind of person who can’t stand the thought of sitting idly while people around you suffer. Many Christians feel called to do everything in their power to help those in need. You can open your heart or even your wallet to strangers in need, but be careful when opening up your home. According to his family, Stafford went above and beyond by giving a man a job and a bed away from the elements, and his motives were pure and righteous. But in the end, his acts of kindness cost him everything. Leola Stafford told WXYZ, “You just cannot let your heart overrule your safety. The world has changed.” This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
According to the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office, Dejon Drake, of Eastpointe, is charged with second-degree murder, carrying a concealed weapon, and felony firearm. https://t.co/stPFLJ09Zz— CBS Detroit (@CBSDetroit) August 2, 2023