A car bombing in Monroe, Michigan

Eric Chappell looks like he once played football or basketball.  One might describe him as clean cut, well chiseled.

I think he told me he had once been an FBI agent.  A lawyer, he superbly represented me several years ago.

It was with shock and anger that I saw the following in Free Press today:

Erik Chappell is a respected lawyer who practices in Michigan and Ohio, handling cases such as divorces and civil litigation. He’s a husband and father, a boys’ football coach for the Catholic Youth Organization and a neighbor who hosts an annual Fourth of July party.

Who wanted him dead?

Authorities don’t know the answer yet, but they do know someone planted a bomb on his Volvo to do “maximum damage,” said Special Agent Donald Dawkins of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

As Chappell, 42, and his two young sons were driving in Monroe on Tuesday evening, the bomb detonated with such force that the blast was heard a mile away.

Flames poured out of the Volvo’s windows, and smoke billowed into the September sky.

The car burned to bare metal.

Chappell and his sons are expected to survive.

“It’s really a miracle, and it’s a blessing that everyone got out,” Dawkins said.

Dawkins said investigators had “a ton” of leads, but nothing was concrete. The ATF is offering a $10,000 reward to help identify the bomber

I am very thankful he and the boys are expected to survive.  My thoughts and prayers are with them.