Inquirer Letters Extra: Message for all in vendor's death

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MORGAN ZALOT / DAILY NEWS STAFF A mourner (above) tends to the memorial for Don Ly (below), a Vietnamese immigrant who called South Philly his home for decades. He was violently stabbed to death outside his home last week.

It broke my heart to read of the death of the hardworking man, Don Ly, from whom I bought fruit salads when I worked at the University of Pennsylvania seven years ago ("Fruit vendor in W. Phila. is stabbed," April 19). The photo of his kind, smiling face brought back memories of seeing him every day upon my arrival at Meyerson Hall.

To think that someone killed him is maddening. I grieve for his family, and for all of us living amid such crime. The writer Roald Dahl brings to light this sad reality in The BFG (Big Friendly Giant), which my children and I just read. In trying to allay a little girl's fear of giants, the giant says, " 'Ah, but they is not killing their own kind. . . . Human beans is the only animals that is killing their own kind.' " How I wish that statement - and the fact of Ly's death - were not true.

Maura Matthews, Wyndmoor

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