Disabled Vet Severely Beaten While Trying to Stop Attack on Turtle

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I don’t know what to think about human beings anymore. It just feels like there’s a complete lack of morals nowadays and it’s depressing. This story out of Florida is a complete disgrace.

Garry Blough, a 45-year-old veteran was just minding his own business on Tuesday afternoon when he looked outside his window and saw something truly heinous taking place. Three guys were viciously kicking a freshwater turtle and smashing it to the ground.

He asked his wife to call the police and left his Daytona Beach apartment to confront the group. After asking them to stop abusing this poor creature, he found himself being targeted by their attack and was left with serious injuries.

The disabled Navy veteran needs a walker to get around but that didn’t stop Johnnie Beveritt, 18, Alfred Jose Chico, 16 and Ryan Ponder, 23, from allegedly battering the man to the point that he suffered skull and facial fractures, a concussion, and a severe injury to one of his eyes.

The heartless trio took turns punching and kicking Blough even after he was laying on the ground. Fortunately, the suspects have been apprehended and charged with aggravated battery and animal cruelty.

On a side note, can we just learn a bit of a lesson from this story? While it’s admirable that Blough cared enough about the turtle to intervene, any people who are beating up a sea creature in an apartment complex should be considered dangerous. The right thing to do would have been to call the cops and wait safely inside for them to address the situation.

It would have been one thing if Blough was an able-bodied 20-something-year-old but, in his condition, there was little he could have done to defend himself. Don’t get me wrong, his actions were honorable but you can’t risk your life trying to confront people who are clearly not normal.

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