SCHIZO-ALIAS

Musings about Japan and life as a human, a cosplayer, a minority, a music lover, an English teacher.

Rest in Peace, Shota Tsutsumi

After work and some cold remedy shopping yesterday, I came home and turned on the TV to a heartbreaking news story. Shota Tsutsumi, a 16-year old high school student, was stabbed to death just two days ago on October 4th.

To summarize, Shota and his 15-year old girlfriend were standing by a couple of vending machines and talking, when a man in his 20s to 30s approached them with a knife in his hand. Shota told the girl to run, and as the girl fled he was approached by the man and stabbed. Shota died just after midnight on October 5th.

While the crime rate in the U.S. is pretty high, I’ve noticed that these heinous crimes are occurring more often in Japan, specifically in the Kansai area. Months ago a single mother left her two small children to die in her abandoned apartment, citing that she wanted time to herself. On October 3rd, a 9-year old boy in Osaka called an ambulance to report that his 3-year old sister was stabbed to death by their mother, a divorced 41-year old woman with three kids.

I don’t understand what it is that drives people to kill children. It’s really heartbreaking and it makes me so angry. After Shota died, the grandmother of his girlfriend visited the site where he was last standing and thanked him for saving her life. Why Shota didn’t run away right after the girl is unknown to me, but if I could guess I’d say that he stayed put to serve as a distraction so that she could flee unharmed. It was a brave act that cost him his life. I hope they catch this coward of a murderer soon.

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