When tragedy strikes nearby it always seems more real. I have feelings of sadness when bad things occur anywhere but when it happens 30 minutes from my home, it’s a lot more real.
Earlier this week, in a nearby town a man killed his ex-wife, her mother, her grandmother, her sister, her sister’s husband and one of her sister’s children. The other child is in the hospital recovering from horrific cut wounds.
At the end of the rampage he killed himself. All we know is that he was in a custody dispute with his ex-wife. Now there are two elementary school children with no parents and all of the mother’s family was wiped out.
I don’t live in a war zone or a third world country. This happened in a family oriented community.
Trying to make sense of this is exasperating. Some say he was suffering from PTSD although the authorities have not yet found a medical diagnosis. He was stationed in Iraq for a few months when he was in the service and was a decorated veteran. People thought he was a nice man.
He had remarried and had another baby. He leaves a widow with a young infant.
It wasn’t spontaneous because the killings took place in the early morning hours at three different locations.
He dumped his children off with a neighbor after he killed their mother. He had a plan. He didn’t flip out in a moment of passion because someone said something.
There are two young children who have lost it all the week before Christmas. They saw their mother die at the hands of their father. She was shot in the face several times. You can imagine what that looks like.
Their family is gone. Can they recover from that? How will it affect them in the future? Their cousin will be physically and mentally scarred.
Today’s news gave details of a slaughter in Pakistan that took place in a school. Children and their teachers were killed. Mostly children.
Children used to be off-limits. Even for mob hits, the children were not targeted. Is there no honor? No code? Or are they easy targets?
Maybe our emotions are closer to the surface during the holiday season but it sure seems like these things happen more frequently.
It took the wind out of my sails and puts more emphasis on the saying “Peace on earth.”