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Local Heros Being Hailed in Ralph Yarl Shooting






Two neighbors are being hailed as a heros after they rushed to the aid of a black teenager who was shot by an elderly white homeowner after ringing the wrong doorbell. James Lynch, a resident of the Newmark neighborhood, used towels to stem the blood loss of Ralph Yarl, the 16-year-old victim. Zack Doval another neighbor assisted Lynch as well.

The incident took place on a quiet Thursday evening when Yarl, who was picking up his siblings, approached the wrong house and rang the doorbell. The elderly homeowner, who has since been taken into custody, mistook Yarl for an intruder and fired his weapon, hitting the young man in the head and the arm.

That's when Yarl, rushed to a nearby house where there was no answer, then rushed to the next house of James Lynch. Without hesitation, Lynch answers his door and providing a Christian response, used towels to help stop the bleeding and comforted Yarl until the ambulance arrived. Zach Doval whose house Mr Yarl had first knocked on came rshing to assist as well. He been late come to his door and was afraid to answer at first due to the shots he had heard.  But he rushed out once he realized what had happened.

Lynch's quick thinking and selfless actions have earned him praise from the community and beyond. Many are hailing him as an example of the shared humanity that unites us all, regardless of race, age or background.

In a statement to the press, Lynch downplayed his heroism and instead emphasized the importance of coming together in times of crisis.

The incident has sparked a larger conversation about race relations and the need for greater understanding and empathy. But for Yarl and his family, Lynch's actions were a simple act of kindness that made all the difference.

"I don't know what would have happened to my son if James hadn't been there," Yarl's mother said. "We're grateful for his help and for showing us that there are still good people in this world."

As the community rallies around Yarl and his family, Lynch's actions remind us that in times of crisis, it's our shared humanity that shines through.