A couple of months ago while my wife was back in Australia after her father passed away from cancer, a family member of hers was killed trying to help someone.
He lived in a crappy neighborhood and was continually either calling the cops over noise complaints and such, or going over to this house politely asking for them to keep their partying down, etc. He's been over all sorts of times, was getting fed up with the neighborhood and was a week or two from moving to a better place, when one night he heard a girl scream. He decided to go out and see what was going on and if anybody needed his help, and in turn, he was ganged up on by a dozen or so punks, they beat the crap out of him, dragged him onto his neighbor's lawn, slit his throat and left him to die.
The worst part of it is that he was in a motorcycle accident a while back and due to his injuries, he wasn't able to properly defend himself, let alone while being out numbered. His neighbor came out to try and aid him when she saw what happened, but he died before the police and ambulance got to him.
All because he thought someone needed help.
Hindsight being 20/20, perhaps he shouldn't have gotten involved, but that's hindsight for you. We still don't know if they got the people responsible for his murder, let alone if they were found guilty, but indeed... this sort of crap happens all over the world, every single day.
So what do you do? Play it safe, avoid contact with others, never help those in need to try and save your own skin, or do you continue to stand up for your principles and what you think is right regardless of the possible risks to you?
There are those who are too afraid to get involved in a situation because of stories such as these..... but if one just gives up and doesn't get involved when someone needs your help, not only will more of these situations occur, but chances are, more will take the same position as you and when something does happen to you and you need help.... it won't be there for you.