Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - Another Syracuse community is mourning, trying to come to grips with the violent death of an older man, and the arrest of four young men.
The victim, 65-year-old Marvin Bryant, was known and respected at the Bethany Baptist Church in Syracuse, where he was the head usher.
Pastor Phil Turner says he and his fellow parishioners felt sadness, grief and anger when they learned Marvin Bryant did not survive after police say he was stabbed in the back while trying to buy drugs.
Known as a quiet man with a large stature and gentle soul, Pastor Turner says it's no surprise the Vietnam veteran may have kept a darker part of his life, a secret.
“We have to discover that often times, good people don't come in perfect little packages,” Pastor Turner said. “Everyone, no matter who they are, have other issues and we discover a man who was a Vietnam veteran, a dedicated father and grandfather, still has issues, that even heroes are people.”
Bryant was taken away by violence that the pastor described as a complete lack of respect from youth towards their elders.
“What is it about our community that we are so detached from our young people that they have no regard or respect for those who have come before them? Where have we lost them?” Pastor Turner questioned. “What sense of hopelessness there must be, in these individuals.”
Four young individuals arrested in another head-turning crime that has the community once again asking why, and what can be done.
Bryant was the 20th homicide victim in Syracuse this year.