To: "Joseph G. Culotti, a resident of Toronto, Canada, and professor of molecular and medical genetics at the University of Toronto."
First, I am sorry for your loss and that of your family. Second, I can understand that it’s very difficult to see someone with a handicap whose death was caused by another as anything but a victim; but as an educated man, certainly you must eventually come to a more objective view of the matter.
It matters not whether poor Daniel Culotti was a schizophrenic or Mother Teressa in that short moment. What matters is that a perfectly innocent and blameless man, possessing no obligation or duty to Daniel or anyone, was beaten, knocked down and threatened with immediate death. In that moment, Daniel, whether he understood it or not, placed himself where no man ought ever tread.
It very well may be that Daniel’s death is not Daniel’s fault at all. But that does not oblige the gentleman who had little choice but to shoot him to risk death or serious injury — especially knowing nothing of the medical history and facts. He had no time or opportunity to research.
It appears from the reports that Daniel has a mother living in upstate New York, and you, living in Toronto. I suspect that has more to do with this outcome than anything, if you catch my drift. But maybe not. Maybe he had never shown any signs of violence before. On the other hand, if family members let someone with such a serious illness walk the streets alone, they ought perhaps live with the consequences when the clear risks of the situation don’t go their way.