Police: A 61-Year-Old Dallas Man Died After a Group of Teens Pushed Him in Front of a Car

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Sam Lee Morris was still alive when police found him. The disabled 61-year-old was laying unconscious in the road at the intersection of Sunnyvale and Cummings Street in Southeast Oak Cliff just before 10 p.m. Saturday night, having apparently been hit by a car.

That's what officers suspected, at least, but the vehicle that had hit him was long gone, and no other witnesses came forward that night. They put Morris in an ambulance bound for Baylor, where he died.

Since then, homicide detectives have pieced together a better picture of what happened. Police say that Roberts was on the sidewalk, just a few dozen steps from his Cummings Street home, when a group of teenagers attacked him. During the struggle, they pushed him into the road, right into the path of a white vehicle of unknown make and model.

A neighbor told Fox 4 that the neighborhood is plagued by teens who roam the streets, harassing residents. "Every night you see teenagers like five or six yelling, music banging," Johnathan Neely said. "Why you not at home? Don't you got school tomorrow? I know school is out but summer jobs? Something to occupy your time but they be in the streets."

Sam's brother, Robert Morris, suspects his brother was returning home from a convenience store on Saturday night and probably looked like an easy mark because of his limp. When they tried to rob him, he said, his brother resisted.

"When that happened I'm sure he was trying to get away from him but he couldn't," Morris told Fox 4.

Detectives are searching for leads. The case is being investigated as a murder.


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22 comments
StupidHippies
StupidHippies

I wonder if they had just finished playin sum bassetball at the rekkeashun cenna down the road

StupidHippies
StupidHippies

This is why you never walk past a group of unknown people. Especially teenagers or men. Cross the street or go a different way. 

parisrec
parisrec

The other day I heard a young woman complaining about the violence coming from young girls. She said they only have one reaction--immediate assault. Oops- gotta go Cage Fighting just came on. Or Call of duty is on..or or or.

TheCrusher
TheCrusher

Teens, eh? Girls, boys? No idea? Was it Bob Dole and a gang of WWII veterans out on a rampage? Asian medical students blowing off steam after finals? A public school bible study group gone horribly wrong? Do tell, journalists. Do tell.

wcvemail
wcvemail

Wilding is increasingly a fact of modern, urban life, and increasingly a wax/wane phenomenon. Wilding is the sociopathic cousin of flash mobbing. Those who ask, "Where are the parents?" or "Don't they have summer jobs?" show how out of touch they are by asking those questions.

Midnight basketball would relieve some of the pressure, but is not a solution. Bear in mind that the midnight basktetball concept dates back to the Reagan era, showing the intractability of the problem. Besides, any gov't-funded basketball court or other recreational construction in South Dallas would involve money siphoning and waste, influence peddling, and much prattle about "We must provide for these misguided youths!"

Get a gun, learn how to use it, be aware that every year adds to the chances you'll need to use that gun. Life will increasingly imitate art, such as post-apocalyptic sci-fi movies and first-shooter video games.

teysha
teysha

In B4 Carousel reference.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

There seems to be an epidemic of murders of Seniors lately.  What a terribly sad situation that is.

StupidHippies
StupidHippies

@TheCrusher It would be pretty safe to assume(especially given the lack of description) that the perpetrators were black men or boys. 

protectyourself
protectyourself

@wcvemail ;  I'm with you on this case.  A little "concealed carrying" and whatever follows the use of what a person might carry could have made a big difference in an incident like this one.  As they say,  "it's better to be judged by 12 than carried by 6" to the grave. 

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

Yes because a seniors murder is much more of a terrible sad situation than a regular murder.

StupidHippies
StupidHippies

@GuitarPlayer @StupidHippies I'd rather be called a "sorry excuse for a man" by some animal sex obsessed commentator on a blog than beaten to death or thrown in front of a car by a pack of wild animals. 

But please do feel free to go prove yourself by walking up and down this same street. Till then STFU.

Tolerate_it_all
Tolerate_it_all

@Crush @SH

When the identifying characteristics are left out of the crime articles it's because the perps are Amish. Just like in political articles it's either "Senator YYY" or "Republican Senator ZZZ". Fewer details=greater obfuscation. Advocacy journalism is for spoonfed droolers.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@Sharon_Moreanus Ignorant cow.  Just because I said killing old people is terribly sad I didn't imply any other murder wasn't terribly sad.  Stupid bitch.

StupidHippies
StupidHippies

@GuitarPlayer @StupidHippies So we can expect you to be strolling down Cummings St tonight at 10pm then right? 

GuitarPlayer
GuitarPlayer

@StupidHippies @GuitarPlayer 


You really are sore about the "Horse Fucker" nick. Cool.

.......and you are a pussy. These guys smell fear. Good luck in prison. Because I know you will end up there for doing something with an animal, Horse Fucker.

Take some advice from the Groin Kicking Granny, she has more balls than you will ever have on your chin.

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

Apparently, the only thing right in your post is that school is out for summer.

djaznh
djaznh

Apparently, school is out for the summer. "Shar Shar" is probably bored and you know, will never be a senior. Of course, with her attitude, perhaps, she wont be, at that. @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz @Sharon_Moreanus 

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