Grieving mom of man killed in Austin mass shooting blasts city council for putting targets on citizens’ backs

The grieving mother of a man who lost his life after being caught in the crossfire of a gun battle between rival gangs tore into the Austin City Council over its anti-police policies that she said put targets on the backs of law-abiding citizens.

In a letter to the local politicians whom she excoriated over their defunding of the police, Julia Kantor told council members that they have “killed and ruined thousands of lives” and “couldn’t care less as long as you stay in power.”

Her son, 25-year-old Douglas Kantor, a Ford Motor Company employee, was visiting Austin from Michigan to celebrate with friends after getting his master’s degree and was among those shot in June 2021 when members of the gangs from Killeen, Texas opened fire in the crowded Sixth Street entertainment district.

Kantor, a New York native who planned to wed his high school sweetheart and had just bought a new home, was killed during the shootout.

(Video: YouTube/FOX 7 Austin)

The incident took place about a year after the city council voted to defund the police following the unfortunate demise of lifelong criminal and drug addict George Floyd who perished at the hands of police in Minneapolis, Minn. while he was resisting arrest. A video of Floyd’s final minutes ignited violent race riots across the country and sparked a war on cops that was sanctioned by Democrat politicians and the media.

Kantor’s scathing letter to the left-wingers on the city council came as the thug accused of her son’s death, a young man named De’Ondre White was set to go on trial for murder for his role in what was one of the Texas capital city’s worst mass shootings in history.

“I hope you will follow this [trial] as your duty to your citizens,” Julia Kantor said in the letter obtained and reported by Fox News Digital. “It was you, the city council and others who defunded the police and welcomed these evil people with no regard for life to run and ruin your city.”

“It’s time you see what you have done to not only the victims like my son but also to our family and friends and your city,” she wrote. “Your irresponsible choices for political gain has put a target on the backs of Austin’s citizens and all who visit.”

“You have killed and ruined thousands of lives and couldn’t care less as long as you stay in power,” she continued. “Just like the killer, you are ALL COWARDS. NONE OF YOU HAD THE GUTS TO SPEAK UP AND POINT OUT HOW STUPID AND DESTRUCTIVE THAT WAS. I’M SURE IF YOUR KIDS WERE BEING KILLED YOU WOULD FIND YOUR VOICE.”

“Remember what goes around comes around in different ways,” Julia Kantor’s letter concluded. “Look at the last photo. This is the animal you released on my son and the people of Texas without a thought.”

Julia’s other son, Nicklaus Kantor, told Fox News Digital that his mom’s letter to the city council “cowards” didn’t receive a response.

“I don’t think any of us have any delusions that one of these council members is going to be like, ‘Oh, we’re so sorry, we did it on purpose,'” he said. “You know, they’re not going to admit and take responsibility. But at least acknowledge the loss, at the very least.”

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