More pertinent information:
King confessed to killing Paul, Holloway said. He told detectives that on Jan. 5, he had argued with his parents and left his home with a knife in his hand. He spotted Paul as he turned left on his bike onto Glenwood Avenue. King confronted Paul and stabbed him, police said.
"This was a very senseless crime," Holloway said.
King has a lengthy criminal record and has been arrested this year on several charges, including aggravated battery, cocaine possession and vehicle theft. Because he is a juvenile, police would not disclose Thursday why he is currently in jail.
After working two part-time jobs, Paul had been hired full time as a sales representative at TigerDirect. He wanted to be a veterinary technician. He lived with his 60-pound boxer mix, Marley. His girlfriend was going to move in soon.
"They were all excited," Langfritz said. "They were planning how they were going to decorate their yard for the summer."
Marley misses him, Langfritz said. The dog often lies on the floor next to the shelf displaying Paul's urn.
A few observations:
Paul was a hard-working young man who was making something of himself. His murder by a useless thug is not just tragic, but obscene.
King had been arrested multiple times in the last year for violent felonies, grand theft auto and drug possession. Why was he not in jail? Why was this punk free to murder someone who had never done him any harm? You'd think that after the second arrest, they'd have put him in custody, if for no other reason than to prevent exactly what happened here.