Last year, we reported about a man who was murdered after standing up to his girlfriend’s harasser in New Orleans. Sadly, we learned over the weekend that a man in DC was murdered after intervening to help a woman who was being harassed. We are saddened by this senseless act of violence and applaud Bill Mitchel for being a good bystander.
From the Washington Post:
Bill Mitchell was the kind of man who stepped up instead of shying away, the kind of person who would help someone even if he didn’t know them, his friends and family say.
So on Wednesday night, after he had seen the play “Cymbeline” at the Shakespeare Theater with his mother, he hopped on the Metro to the New York Avenue Station, walked home along North Capitol Street and Florida Avenue NW and saw a woman who needed help. Mitchell, 33, got involved.
He exchanged words and possibly tussled with an unknown assailant who was hassling the woman and who then shot and killed Mitchell.
“There was some sort of altercation, and we have to figure out what that interaction was,” said D.C. Council member Harry Thomas Jr. (D-Ward 5), who said he had spoken with police and witnesses. “He may have intervened in something, being a Good Samaritan.”
“We hope that his senseless death can help in some way to make the area he lived in a safer place,” the Mitchell family said in a statement.
Mitchell’s younger brother made a plea for information.
“There may come a time when police ask for the public’s help,” Brian Mitchell said. “Please contact the police if you know anything. It was my brother today. It could be your brother, son, sister, mother or daughter tomorrow.”