A loving grandpa in a hateful world

On the afternoon of October 24, Maurice Stallard of Jeffersontown, Kentucky took his grandson to Kroger to buy poster-board for a school project.

But as Stallard, 69, and the boy, 12, stood in the school supply aisle, a racist gunman approached them from behind and shot Stallard in the head, killing him, according to an account in The Courier Journal.

Stallard is survived by his wife, two children, and five grandchildren.

Stallard’s grandson, who was uninjured, fled the store screaming.

The gunman, Gregory Bush, also left the store. In the parking lot, he killed another African American elder, Vickie Lee Jones, 67.

A white customer in the parking lot drew his own gun and asked Bush what he was doing, to which Bush replied, “Don’t shoot me. I won’t shoot you. Whites don’t shoot whites.”

Bush was apprehended and charged with two counts of murder and ten counts of wanton endangerment.

Shortly before arriving at Kroger’s, he had tried unsuccessfully to enter a nearby African-American church.