Friday, May 13, 2011

Does "safe" really exist?

I live in a small, rural area. The kind of town where everyone knows everyone, or at least knows of everyone. Yes, every populated place has crime, but I was pretty blind to the seriousness of crimes in this area until today. I don't know many people in this town, since I'm not from here, however, someone I had an acquaintanceship with today was shot and killed.
Although I didn't know this man very well, I could tell he was a decent person. He seemed to be filled with kindness and really cared about his friends and family. He had a wife and a baby girl.
I didn't know him well, but am overwhelmed with sadness, anger and confusion. I don't know why someone would have taken his life. I don't understand how murders can be committed so casually, in the early afternoon. I don't know if the person responsible for this terrible crime knew this guy personally, but how can you take away a child's father, a mother's son, a sister's brother, someone's husband...
This happened to someone I knew, someone who knew my husband, and my kids. This absolutely terrifies me. When I moved here, I knew it wasn't some perfect place, but I've always felt safe here. I don't feel like my family is really safe here anymore. I don't know if any "safe" place exists on this earth. I have 3 kids whom I am suppose to take care of and protect, and today was a reminder that it's not an easy task.
My heart goes out to this man's family and close friends. My heart especially goes out to his baby girl, I can't imagine how this will affect her as she grows up. There is just so much tragedy surrounding this incident, as I'm sure there is in any incident of the kind. I've never heard a bad word spoken about this man. I just don't understand this at all. My heart is heavy tonight.

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