Brendan Tevlin was the exemplar of what American parents hope their children become. As such, he was also a symbol of what Muslim jihadists hope to exterminate.
His obituary reads like an award ceremony, except that all of the achievements were his. A young Irish Catholic American, Brendan had completed his first year of college. He was an older brother to three, a Eucharistic minister, president of the Gaelic Club, and a talented bagpiper. In high school, Brendan was a member of the National Honor Society, Lacrosse Team, Ambassador’s Club, Student Council, Math Honor Society, and Spanish Honor Society.
Brendan would often volunteer to play his bagpipe at funerals, probably never imaging how soon seventy-five bagpipers would play to the hundreds of attendees at his own. By every account he was a charismatic, kind, and outgoing young man.
Brendan Tevlin, 19, was murdered by Ali Muhammad Brown, a Muslim terrorist, in an act of domestic terrorism.
Brown told authorities that murdering Brendan was a “just kill.” He was seeking vengeance for Muslim deaths in “Iraq, Syria, (and) Afghanistan.”
You can read the complete court documents here: Washington State vs Brown.
On June 25, at a red light in West Orange, NJ, Brown selected Brendan at random and shot him eight times in his Jeep.
Brown murdered three other men earlier this year. Police have issued bulletins to determine if there are more victims of his terrorist plot. Mainstream media have buried this story. Apparently, they don’t think that jihadists travelling across the U.S. and murdering random Americans (simply because they are Americans) is newsworthy.
Why is there hesitancy to report on the murder of a college student by a self-described terrorist? Perhaps those suppressing this story fear that if they were to identify a particular group as evil, the American public might react in a discriminatory or hateful manner. In reality, when the press fails its journalistic duty to identify evil, evil prospers and grows – just like it’s doing right now.
More likely, national media outlets are silent because they are still covering for the President’s ineptitude. Obama declared that the “global war on terror is over” and that al-Qaeda “is on the run.” He called ISIS the JV team. He has said, “The world is less violent than it has ever been.” He announced, “we’ve won the war in Iraq” and he blamed media for our concern about global affairs: “We’re just noticing [how messy the world is] because of social media and our capacity to see in intimate detail the hardships that people are going through.”
Because of social media, we have a realistic picture of what the world has become. Contrary to Obama’s claims, terrorist organizations are increasing in number and popularity, to the extent that growing percentages of Muslims in western countries are sympathetic to ISIS.
In his college application, Brendan wrote, “If the world were to stop spinning at this very moment, could you honestly say you are satisfied with what you have accomplished in your life? I couldn’t […] Most importantly […] I haven’t made the difference that I know that I personally can make.”
We need to be inspired by Brendan’s life and angered by Brendan’s death. So, rather than sitting around cursing MSNBC, CNN, and the New York Times for failing to cover this story; we can make a difference. We can be the ones to tell this story.
The ALS Ice Bucket challenge is one that everyone knows of by now. That is the power of social media at its best. We need to use the same ingenuity and commitment to inform the American public about the murder of Brendan Tevlin.
Let’s personally make a difference. Blog about this tragedy, Facebook it, tweet #BrendanTevlin at media personalities you trust, and tell your friends. Call your local talk radio show. Email independent news sources about Brendan.
The murder of Brendan Tevlin is the ultimate hate crime. Shot down in an ordinary American neighborhood, Brendan was not killed for profit or due to something he did or said – Brendan was slaughtered because his killer hates America and hates Americans.
The reality of this tragic, hate-filled murder may not fit some networks’ narrative, but it is very real. If we ignore this reality, it will happen again, and again, and again.
We need to end this violence. We need to make sure there are no more Brendan Tevlins – young Americans murdered in America because they are Americans. Change will only come when Americans hear the truth – and it is up to each of us to spread that truth. Let it begin right now.
This article has been edited to include the court documents regarding the case.