People need to be held responsible for their actions. Making excuses for their bad behavior only encourages more bad behavior in them and in others. This is not necessarily the case. I seriously doubt that the victim would have been able to outrun an NFL linebacker regardless of what type of object he was wielding. Unless you have seen an autopsy report the coroner has not yet produced, this is just speculation. I think it admirable to want to think the best of people. However, I don't think we do them or society any favors by turning murders into martyrs or victims. Holding folks accountable for their actions is not vilifying them. It is necessary for maintaining order in a society. If someone cannot control themselves, they need to be removed from society. The problem is human behavior, not inanimate objects. BTW, I fully support your right to express your opinion even if I disagree with you.