Pro-life activist James Pouillonâ€”popularly known as "the abortion sign guy"â€”was fatally shot outside Owosso High School in Michigan this morning, and Mike Fuoss, the owner of a local gravel pit, was killed shortly after. Pouillon was well-known for standing on street corners with pictures of aborted fetusesâ€”an activity he had engaged in every weekday over the past 10 yearsâ€”and for his outspoken protests. He had been arrested in 1994 for demonstrating in Owosso's City Hall and filed a free-speech suit against the city later that year. A 33-year-old local man has been taken into custody in connection with the homicides, although police have refused to release his name. In response, several anti-abortion groups have organized a conference in his honor and issued a press release referring to Pouillon as "pro-lifeâ€™s first martyr." "Jim Pouillon is a hero," said the director of Citizens for a Pro-life Society. "He died for the cause of life."
I half expected one of the quotes below to be "His mission was tragically... aborted".