The mile-high city of Colorado was shaken to its core recently when a former pastor and transit officer paid the ultimate price for wearing a uniform that resembled those of the Denver Police Department. When the judge charged the Muslim who murdered him with first-degree murder, he made one sick request in court.
According to a report by Fox31, Scott Von Lanken, a 56-year-old former pastor, and active transit security officer, was shot in the head at point-blank range while he was assisting two women on the evening of his January 31st shift. The 37-year-old suspect, Joshua Cummings, was arrested by Denver law enforcement shortly after the killing and is being described as a “radicalized Muslim.”
Cummings reportedly asked for a copy of the Quran during his hearing a week ago where he was charged with first-degree murder.
According to NY Daily News, the execution-style murder took place at approximately 11 p.m. on January 31, as Von Lanken was assisting two women outside of Denver’s Union Station. According to statements that these women made to Denver Police, the suspect had a swollen face and “weird looking eyes.” One woman also remarked that just before Cummings fired his weapon at Von Lanken’s head, he said something to the effect of, “Do what you are told.”
Denver Police arrested Cummings that same evening as he hid on the porch of a nearby home. According to a police report, Cummings had a loaded 9mm handgun in his possession and jihadist literature in his backpack. Scott Von Lanken is survived by a wife and two daughters for whom a GoFundMe account has been set up.
Von Laken’s sister, Sandy Ritter spoke to KMGH about her brother and said, “Scott was the most giving, kind-hearted man that I’ve probably ever known – next to maybe my husband. I don’t think there’s a person in this world ever who would be mad at Scott.”
Ritter remarked that Scott was temporarily working as a security transit officer while he looked for a new church at which to pastor. “To put food on the table, he did the security. It was just to keep his family going until God put him back doing what he was really called to do,” Ritter said.
Cummings reportedly has a criminal history and had recently moved to Colorado from Texas, where he was involved in some kind of altercation at a mosque, according to NY Daily News.
According to KDVR, an email was sent to the Department of Homeland Security on Christmas Eve from someone at a local mosque in Denver saying that a man who was only identified as “Joshua” attended a lunch for people who were converts to Islam. The email said that Joshua “feels that it is okay to fight now (not jihad/struggle, but actually fight), here to establish the rule of Islam.”
Sickening reports such as these of brutal attacks and killings in the name of Islam have become more common in the past few years. This is truly not a religion of peace that we are dealing with. Von Lanken’s widow and two daughters have lost a husband, father, and provider because of this disgusting animal’s decision to attempt establishing the rule of Islam in Denver, just as the Quran he requested commands.
These are not the radical members of Islam who are doing barbaric things to innocent people in our country. These are the fundamental followers, practicing Islam as it is commanded and as it was modeled by their prophet. The only peaceful Muslim is one who is nonpracticing. Where there is a Quran, there is always a risk for “radicalization” because Islamic teachings are radical.