Jheryl Wright provided for his family, attended community college, and was a “good guy” and a strong father to his two daughters, his uncle told Michigan Live.
“He wasn’t a troublemaker,” Barry Wright said. “He wasn’t some street-type thug. I can’t say a bad thing about him.”
Naturally after Wright, 31, was shot to death in the doorway of a Kalamazoo, Mich., gas station convenience store back in September 2012, Barry Wright said the whole family was hurting from the loss.
But now that a disturbing surveillance video of Wright’s apparently unprovoked shooting has been released, the family is reliving the horror of that night more than a year ago — along with a heartbreaking new revelation: How other customers reacted to Wright’s dying body in the store doorway.
Person after person is seen stepping right past (and right over) the victim, sometimes clipping his motionless foot on their way out the door as it wags back and forth.
Here’s surveillance video showing what appears to be the actual shooting and the initial aftermath when customers walked past Wright in the doorway:
A Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety officer told WWMT-TV that customers’ disregard for Wright is one of the worst things he’s ever seen.
Jheryl’s mother, Jackel Wright, can’t bear to watch the surveillance video but is upset all the same after learning how customers ignored her son.
“When they told me people were still coming in that gas station, stepping over my child in the doorway, I couldn’t believe it; I couldn’t believe it,” she told WWMT. “I just can’t believe people in this world would do something like that. I can’t.”
“How can you step over someone laying in the doorway and not help? How would they feel if that was one of their loved ones sitting there?”
Even the store clerk peered over the counter to catch a glimpse of Wright lying in the doorway, but that sight doesn’t appear to launch him into an appropriate response.
After about five minutes of the indifferent-customer parade, one finally seems to notice that Wright’s in trouble and appears to make a call on his cell phone. Wright was taken to a hospital where he later died, Michigan Live said.
“I hope God have mercy on your soul, ’cause you was wrong, sitting there and not helping my son, like he was just a doormat; walking over him, laying there dead,” Jackel told WWMT regarding those who didn’t help. “I hope y’all can’t sleep at night, ’cause that was awful. Just plain awful.”
Clarence Ross was convicted last week in Wright’s murder, WMMT said, and will be sentenced this month.
Here’s a report from WMMT: