By Cody Roark
December 8, 1980 was the day Mark David Chapman chose to murder the musician in front of his New York City home. Chapman had waited outside Lennon’s home with a copy of his latest album, Double Fantasy, for Lennon to sign. He had obliged the fan with an autograph and left with his wife, Yoko Ono, to work on their new single, Walking On Thin Ice. Upon returning, Chapman was still waiting outside the apartment, signed album still in hand. As Lennon and Ono exited the limo, Chapman brandished a .38 revolver and fired five shots at Lennon. Of those rounds, four made contact, fatally wounding the renowned artist. Yoko Ono ran into the apartment building the pair lived in shouting that John had been shot. Police were called seconds later and Lennon was rushed to Roosevelt Hospital where he passed away, despite the doctor’s best efforts. Ono is remembered at that time as not believing the news for several minutes. She had claimed that the doctors were lying and that it simply was not true. After having composed herself, she asked that the news of her husband’s shooting be put on hold long enough for her to break the news to her son, Sean.
Yoko Ono, John Lennon’s wife, took to Twitter yesterday to remember her loved one and to advocate for new gun control laws. “The death of a loved one is a hollowing experience. After 39 years, Sean, Julian, and I still miss him. Imagine all the people living life in peace.” Ono tweeted. The death of a loved one truly is a hollowing event indeed. As well as the world losing such an amazing artist and world changer. John Lennon was an advocate for peace and change in the world. He promoted peace and love in most all of his songs after going solo. Lennon even performed in Madison Square Garden as a benefit for mentally handicapped children, along with still promoting peace. Lennon was inducted into both the Songwriters Hall of Fame and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame posthumously in 1984 and 1993 respectively. After Lennon’s untimely death, fans from around the globe mourned the loss of the beloved musician. His death still evokes a feeling of woe among people to this day, knowing what was truly lost in losing John Lennon. Yoko Ono currently has an art installation outside of her home in Iceland to remember him by, the Imagine Peace Tower. Ono keeps it lit in Lennon’s memory every year from his birthday to the date of his death. If John Lennon wanted his fans to remember anything, I believe it would be to carry the torch of peace and love every place they go promoting those philosophies to all they meet. No matter the age, gender, religion, or ethnicity of the people they meet. Imagine all the people, living life in peace.