On July 6, Jessica Doty Whitaker reportedly was sitting with fiancé Jose Ramirez and another couple along the canal area in Indianapolis when, during a verbal exchange, someone in another group shouted, "Black Lives Matter (BLM)."
Whitaker responded, "All lives matter," according to her father, Robert Doty.
The two groups were thought to have resolved matters — even fist-bumping — as Whitaker's group left to avoid further confrontation.
But according to Ramirez, the other group "went up the hill and left, we thought, but they were sitting on St. Clair waiting for us to come under the bridge and that's when she got shot."
"She shouldn't have lost her life. She's got a 3-year-old son she loved dearly," said Ramirez, who was holding Whitaker when she was shot.
Whitaker leaves behind a little boy. "It's hard to tell him his mom is in Heaven and if you want to talk to her you have to look up and say, 'I love you mom,'" said Ramirez.
One Twitter user summed up the incident: "Racist, terrorist blackLIESmatter killed a young white mother because she dared stand up to them. Every one of those weak little coward thugs in that group needs to be arrested and put in jail for life."
Whitaker's father Robert Doty has shared several gut-wrenching messages on social media after his daughter's tragic death as well as on #JusticeforJessica. But justice for Whitaker has not been forthcoming in the media, with her death receiving scant news coverage.
Whitaker is not alone. A number of other victims of leftist riots also have been ignored or downplayed by establishment media and leftist protesters.
Retired St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department captain David Dorn — an African American — was shot and killed in early June while protecting a pawn shop from rioters in the wake of George Floyd's death. A video of the 77-year-old Dorn lying on the ground still alive after he was shot has been taken down from the internet. Dorn left behind a wife, five children and 10 grandchildren.
Fifty-three-year-old federal protective service officer Dave Patrick Underwood — an African American — was shot and killed in May while guarding the Oakland, California federal courthouse from anarchists. His sister posted on Facebook: "My brother ... was murdered ... while on duty during the riots. This violence must stop."
Many observers are asking, where is the outrage in wake of these and other recent leftist assaults and killings?
Commenting on the murders of Dorn and Underwood, columnist Marc A. Thiessen observed in a Washington Post op-ed, "It's hard to chant 'defund the police' while demanding justice for a retired black police captain and a young federal officer who gave their lives, or the other innocent black Americans who were killed during the riots. So their stories are just swept under the rug and forgotten."
Despite the mayhem caused by BLM agitators, U.S. Catholic clergy continue to support the organization.
Bishop Mark Seitz of El Paso made headlines after taking a knee with other BLM supporters at a rally on June 1.
The bishop held a sign that read "Black Lives Matter," and sank to his knee, leading a silent prayer for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, the length of time that Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin held his knee on George Floyd's neck, for those in attendance. Seitz was later rewarded with a phone call from Pope Francis commending his gesture.
Church leaders have not spoken out on Whitaker's murder.
"Her son was her world. She had the kindest heart and was in no way racist towards anyone," Whitaker's sister Jennifer told the Gateway Pundit.
Whitaker's father responded to one commenter's demand that "BLM be labeled a terrorist organization" by saying, "I totally agree."