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Ski manager shot after professing Christianity (shot for being a Catholic)
WND ^ | December 31, 2008

Posted on 01/01/2009 7:20:44 AM PST by NYer

NEDERLAND, Colo. – A gunman who broke into a staff meeting at a Colorado ski resort ranting about religion asked the manager what he believed and shot him twice when the victim responded he was Catholic, according to reports published today about the tragedy.

The gunman later was shot and killed by a sheriff's deputy in a firefight alongside a snowy mountain road, authorities confirmed.

The Boulder County coroner identified the gunman as Derik A. Bonestroo, 24, who had been living in Nederland. According to a report in the Boulder Daily Camera, witnesses said Bonestroo burst into the staff meeting yesterday at the Eldora Mountain Resort near here.

Sheriff Joe Pelle said Bonestroo was yelling something about religion to employees when resort General Manager Brian Mahon heard the commotion and came into the room. The Camera said witnesses reported the shooter asked Mahon which religion he believed, and when Mahon said he was Catholic, the shooter fired twice and killed him.

Sheriff's Commander Phil West said, "There are various interpretations about what was said. Witnesses told us (Bonestroo) had been through some emotional crisis."

Mahon, 49, leaves behind a wife and two children. He had worked at Eldora since 1991.

According to a statement from Boulder County Undersheriff Tom Shomaker, deputy John Seifert was on duty in Nederland when the call came in about the shooting. Told the shooter had fled and given a description of the vehicle, Seifer spotted a suspect vehicle on the Peak-to-Peak Highway only a few miles downhill from the ski area. After a short pursuit, the suspect vehicle stopped, the sheriff said.

"The male driver immediately opened fire on the deputy after stopping his vehicle," the sheriff's department statement said.

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1 posted on 01/01/2009 7:20:45 AM PST by NYer
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To: Salvation; narses; SMEDLEYBUTLER; redhead; Notwithstanding; nickcarraway; Romulus; ...
Mahon, 49, leaves behind a wife and two children.

Prayers for him and his family.

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2 posted on 01/01/2009 7:22:40 AM PST by NYer ("Run from places of sin as from a plague." - St. John Climacus)
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To: NYer

The guy probably read some of the anti-Catholic posts on this site and got carried away.


3 posted on 01/01/2009 7:26:06 AM PST by Radl (rtr)
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To: NYer

Strange.


4 posted on 01/01/2009 7:27:56 AM PST by madison10
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To: Radl
The guy probably read some of the anti-Catholic posts on this site and got carried away.

Yeah, I'm sure that's it. Couldn't be that he was just some crazy bastard.

5 posted on 01/01/2009 7:31:19 AM PST by xone
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To: Radl

I somehow sincerely doubt that.


6 posted on 01/01/2009 7:31:53 AM PST by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat ( Islamia Delenda Est ))
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To: NYer

All holy martyrs of God, pray for us!


7 posted on 01/01/2009 7:33:10 AM PST by Unam Sanctam
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To: xone
Couldn't be that he was just some crazy bastard.

That would qualify him as having written some of them.

8 posted on 01/01/2009 7:33:18 AM PST by the invisib1e hand (revolution is in the air.)
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To: Radl

and he got some shooting tips here too


10 posted on 01/01/2009 7:35:49 AM PST by al baby (Hi mom Mr. Obama, are you aware that Sarah Palin took on her own party’s establishment in Alaska a)
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To: NYer
Anyone who believes that there is not a battle between good and evil in this world is a fool.

No, evil is not battling with God, who is in control, but with those who would follow God and spread His word.

And don't doubt that evil can don a nice smile and obtain power with smooth phrases.

11 posted on 01/01/2009 7:37:00 AM PST by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (Abortion has become little more than the New Left's execution of political prisoners.)
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To: Radl
The guy probably read some of the anti-Catholic posts on this site and got carried away.

For years it was said that anti-Catholic bias was the only acceptible form of bigotry left in America.

12 posted on 01/01/2009 7:39:26 AM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: NYer
Ski manager shot after professing Christianity (shot for being a Catholic)

Some would think the title is misleading

13 posted on 01/01/2009 7:40:13 AM PST by Popman (Dont worry Barney Frank has your ass-ets covered!!!)
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To: NYer

Prayers for the poor man’s wife and kids.


14 posted on 01/01/2009 7:40:15 AM PST by vladimir998 (Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ. St. Jerome)
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To: Popman

And they would be incorrect.


15 posted on 01/01/2009 7:43:42 AM PST by DevNet
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To: NYer

Coroner’s Office says 24-year-old lift operator, Derik A. Bonestroo of Nederland, who shot and killed the general manager of Eldora Mountain Resort died after shooting himself.


16 posted on 01/01/2009 7:44:36 AM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: NYer

It’s going to get ugly here real fast ...


17 posted on 01/01/2009 7:44:48 AM PST by LiberConservative ("I, you know, can see, you know, upstate, you know, from my house, you know.")
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To: the invisib1e hand
"That would qualify him as having written some of them. "

Heh. Thanks, that was my first chuckle for the day -and 2009.

18 posted on 01/01/2009 7:45:28 AM PST by Justa (The media lied while Americans died.)
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To: NYer

Has anybody come up with the term Christianphobes yet?


19 posted on 01/01/2009 7:45:37 AM PST by do the dhue (They've got us surrounded again. The poor bastards. - One of General Abram's men)
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To: NYer

Could the killer have been a Muslim convert?


20 posted on 01/01/2009 7:47:06 AM PST by 2harddrive (...House a TOTAL Loss.....)
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To: NYer

Can they change the headline ... difference between being ‘shot’ and ‘killed.’ Poor Mr. Mahon unfortunately was killed for his religious beliefs. May his soul rest in peace and his family find comfort.


21 posted on 01/01/2009 7:49:23 AM PST by EDINVA
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To: NYer

I am meeting more and more of these anarchist anti-Christian types here in Colorado. One kid I caught stealing a puppy from a pet store when nuts and started screaming, “Christian! You F****** Christian!”

Two people I work with are violent anti-Chrsitan types. Just starting to talk religion, such as something as simple as its history, will send those two into a temper tantrum.


22 posted on 01/01/2009 7:49:27 AM PST by CodeToad
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To: Cacique

Of course not. I failed to add a sarcasm notice but I was trying to point out that a lot of that crap has shown up on this site.


23 posted on 01/01/2009 7:50:32 AM PST by Radl (rtr)
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To: NYer; All

I am sure this is just one more liberal who could not drag himself to make it to 1/20/2009.

You know, Bush’s Last Day?

The last eight years have been so difficult for liberals. They have been under the thumb of government sanctioned religion since Bush came to power, their rights have been trampled by Bush, Cheney and the Religious Right.

The stress of waiting to be free must have been too much for this poor fellow.

/S

(Prayers for this man who was murdered and his family)


24 posted on 01/01/2009 7:50:37 AM PST by rlmorel ("A barrel of monkeys is not fun. In fact, a barrel of monkeys can be quite terrifying!")
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To: george76
From article: Authorities described the deputy's confrontation with the suspect as a "gun battle."

Coroner’s Office says....Derik A. Bonestroo of Nederland, .....died after shooting himself.

Interesting, guy offs himself and the Authorities call it a "gun battle"

25 posted on 01/01/2009 7:51:41 AM PST by Popman (Dont worry Barney Frank has your ass-ets covered!!!)
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To: NYer

The mentally ill are the canaries in our culture. They pick up the sniffings of the culture. There is a lot of Christian hate out there and it is growing.


26 posted on 01/01/2009 7:53:06 AM PST by Chickensoup (we owe HUSSEIN & Democrats the exact kind respect & loyalty that they showed us, Bush & Reagan)
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To: CodeToad
I am meeting more and more of these anarchist anti-Christian types here in Colorado.

Any idea where this is coming from? Other than Satan, of course. Is there a cult or group of some sort?

27 posted on 01/01/2009 7:53:34 AM PST by Desdemona (Tolerance of grave evil is NOT a Christian virtue (I choose virtue. Values change too often).)
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To: Popman
He apparently shot up the police car and the deputy returned fire. So before he “offed” himself, there was an exchange.
28 posted on 01/01/2009 7:53:41 AM PST by ican'tbelieveit ((Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team# 36120), KW:Folding))
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To: Desdemona

We are talking about Boulder...


29 posted on 01/01/2009 7:54:44 AM PST by ican'tbelieveit ((Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team# 36120), KW:Folding))
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To: CodeToad

Have you ever been tempted to sue them for creating a hostile work environment?


30 posted on 01/01/2009 7:54:55 AM PST by FormerLib (Sacrificing our land and our blood cannot buy protection from jihad.-Bishop Artemije of Kosovo)
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To: Popman

You have to read more carefully. After being stopped, he immediately started shooting at the deputy. That would be a gun battle. He thereafter shot himself. That would be suicide or, if you prefer, offing himself.

The headline is misleading to the extent that it says only that the manager was shot. People survive shootings every day. The manager was, in fact, killed.


31 posted on 01/01/2009 7:55:29 AM PST by EDINVA
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To: ican'tbelieveit

Okay, well, nevermind.


32 posted on 01/01/2009 7:56:01 AM PST by Desdemona (Tolerance of grave evil is NOT a Christian virtue (I choose virtue. Values change too often).)
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To: Desdemona

Nederland is a cult


33 posted on 01/01/2009 7:56:11 AM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: NYer

One thing that seems to hold true is that secularized people in the USA will go to every extreme to deny that the reason a crazed person kills someone might have to do with the killer having anti-Christian bias or hatred. Even his own words will not make this killer guilty of killing this man because of the man’s faith.


34 posted on 01/01/2009 7:57:01 AM PST by comps4spice
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To: 2harddrive
Could the killer have been a Muslim convert?

Or one of the gay activist angry over prop 8 in California

35 posted on 01/01/2009 7:58:21 AM PST by mouser (run the rats out its the only hope we have)
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To: NYer

bump


36 posted on 01/01/2009 7:59:13 AM PST by VOA
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To: NYer

Another Holy Martyr......


37 posted on 01/01/2009 7:59:47 AM PST by Emperor Palpatine ("I love democracy. I love Free Republic")
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To: ican'tbelieveit

We are talking about Boulder...

While visiting the Pioneer Inn, local fire department volunteers would frequently set a fire in the cemetary, put it out and return to the Inn for a free round...


38 posted on 01/01/2009 8:00:12 AM PST by sasquatch
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To: EDINVA
The headline is misleading to the extent that it says only that the manager was shot.

You make an interesting observation

I wonder if the editor thought "killed' was too strong a word and would create fear among Christians or worse did not want to have the religious elements use this story as fodder for propaganda purposes

39 posted on 01/01/2009 8:04:27 AM PST by Popman (Dont worry Barney Frank has your ass-ets covered!!!)
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To: Desdemona

“Any idea where this is coming from?”

Oh, that’s an easy one: Parents!

What do we expect from parents who have refused to discipline their children? They grow up with a “You can’t tell me what to do!” attitude. They grow up arrogant and without humility. They have gotten everything they want and have been told what great thinkers they are. It is the typical underachiever complex.

They haven’t accomplished much with their lives but believe they could do anything they wanted so anything anyone else has done is nothing to admire. They haven’t accomplished anything so they haven’t placed their butts on the line. They have nothing to lose but are afraid to try. So, instead of trying, they try to tear down everything else. Simple relativism: They feel better relative to something else if they can just tear it down and bring down to their level. Otherwise, they have their feelings hurt. They exhibit simple childish behavior because no parent has ever challenged them, disciplined them, and they have nothing to show for their lives.

They believe by having gone to an easy liberal college they have accomplished great feats of heroism and daunting thought. Some go to the Army or Marines, do poorly in administrative positions, find themselves puny in comparison to the more accomplished soldiers, and resent the relative position they find themselves. We have on guy who claims “5 combat jumps”. hehe There haven’t been 5 combat jumps since he has been alive.

Some of the common traits I find of these adult children are that they smoke, play video games, are hot headed, and always try to prove what “men” they are., and they lie about everything. Typical underachievers.


40 posted on 01/01/2009 8:07:11 AM PST by CodeToad
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To: Radl

Pathetic. Catholic bigots get so tiring.


41 posted on 01/01/2009 8:07:18 AM PST by Theo (Global warming "scientists." Pro-evolution "scientists." They're both wrong.)
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To: NYer

I believe any religion can further mess up your head if you are already disturbed and confused about Truth. Faith is different from religion. What counts is the personal relationship with Jesus Christ through faith. He loved everyone enough to die for them, but for those who reject the sacrifice there is no peace.


42 posted on 01/01/2009 8:08:32 AM PST by deannadurbin
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To: CodeToad

Underachievers generally are too apathetic to make the effort to shoot somebody. Not that lack of discipline isn’t a big issue, but I think there’s more to this. Mental illness and demonic possession being part of the equation.


43 posted on 01/01/2009 8:11:21 AM PST by Desdemona (Tolerance of grave evil is NOT a Christian virtue (I choose virtue. Values change too often).)
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To: xone
Yeah, I'm sure that's it. Couldn't be that he was just some crazy bastard.

If this was not an extreme example of anti-Christian bigotry I would be tempted to agree with you. However, the verbal hatred I have encountered on Leftist and Libertarian websites make me question whether the acceptability of anti-Christian bigotry cannot, under the proper circumstances lead to the targeting and murder of Christians.

As an example, we can refer you back to the 1930s when anti-Semitism was perfectly acceptable not just in Germany but also in the rest of the world. The acceptance by a large number of people that it is OK to look at people of a certain race or creed as “lesser” is the first step. That can then lead to those who are emotionally ready to commit mayhem to do so, as long as the victim is of the despised class.

For some reason, the killer found affirmation that Christians were acceptable targets of his rage. Where could he have learned that?

44 posted on 01/01/2009 8:14:43 AM PST by moneyrunner (I have not flattered its rank breath, nor bowed to its idolatries a patient knee.)
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To: Ghost of Philip Marlowe

“And don’t doubt that evil can don a nice smile and obtain power with smooth phrases.”

Powerful observation. Very fitting, especially right now.


45 posted on 01/01/2009 8:15:48 AM PST by EggsAckley
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To: Desdemona

“Underachievers generally are too apathetic to make the effort to shoot somebody.”

Many are violent people. Underachievers come in all flavors. Not all are couch potatoes. They are usually the frustrated types.


46 posted on 01/01/2009 8:19:35 AM PST by CodeToad
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To: NYer

RIP Brian Mahon. Prayers for his family.


47 posted on 01/01/2009 8:20:57 AM PST by tioga (Rejoice, our Savior is born.)
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To: Ghost of Philip Marlowe
And don't doubt that evil can don a nice smile and obtain power with smooth phrases.


48 posted on 01/01/2009 8:24:40 AM PST by Old Sarge (For the first time in my life, I am ashamed to be an American)
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To: Popman
The headline is misleading to the extent that it says only that the manager was shot.

You make an interesting observation.

I wonder if the editor thought "killed' was too strong a word and would create fear among Christians or worse did not want to have the religious elements use this story as fodder for propaganda purposes.

More likely, the editor wanted a "dramatic" headline and, being anti-gun, thought that "shot" would sound more evil than a mere "killed."

Regards,

49 posted on 01/01/2009 8:28:58 AM PST by alexander_busek
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To: NYer

I don’t think I could find a priest out there who would not support lying about your faith to a madman, if it would save your life, or the life of someone else.

The Catholic church has long held the view that the insane are not responsible for their actions. But the flip side of this should be the recognition that the insane should only be given the respect that one gives to a dangerous thing.

There is no demand that Catholics stand underneath a tottering boulder, just because a sign beneath it says, “Only Faithful Catholics May Stand Here.”

And the madman is equally mindless as the boulder. It is not his fault if he kills for a reason, or no reason.

A Catholic may choose to be a martyr, or not, when faced against a bloody minded killer, who would kill him for his faith. But this is a different thing entirely.


50 posted on 01/01/2009 8:32:41 AM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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