Violent crime is a plague we ignore

    Around 5 p.m. on the Fourth of July - the day we laud the unalienable rights of "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" - as I was firing up the grill for the family cookout, James Oh, 76, and his wife, Soonai Oh, 66, were being robbed at gunpoint by two men at the Ohs' corner store near my home in Washington's Petworth neighborhood. James Oh died four days later from a blow to the head that he received during the robbery; his wife is recovering from her own blow to the head.

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