Friday, September 01, 2006

Daily News: "I Would Have Felt Better If He Had Been Killed In Iraq"

Philadelphia Daily News depicts L'salle Harvey.

L'salle Harvey was willing to risk his life fighting in a carnage-filled country where the streets always seem to be stained with blood.

But Harvey, 22, lucked out during his two-year stint in the Army and was never sent overseas to fight in Iraq.

Instead, the aspiring teacher was killed early yesterday in Strawberry Mansion.

"God blessed me not to have had him go over to Iraq," said Harvey's grief-stricken mother, Gwen, last night. "But I don't know if I would have rathered him give his life for his country, rather than lose it to our streets."

Harvey joined the Army in 2002 "because he wanted to make us proud," his mother said. He was honorably discharged in 2004 due to injuries he received in training at Fort Stewart, in Georgia.

Last year, Harvey began taking classes at the University of Pennsylvania's Veterans Upward Bound Program. The program helps vets prepare for college and ultimately get their degrees.

"He wanted to be a teacher. He was trying to better his life," Angel said of his younger brother. "I can't let this rest."


Blogger Cerberus said...

I just like to know why go to the ATm at 3am and in Strawberry Mansion....not the best time or place for that...

Sad...very sad...

8:18 AM  

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