A SENSELESS CRIME CAN CREATE MANY VICTIMS
My hometown is a small place where most people know one another. The town's population is fairly evenly divided between races, black and white. The town rests in the Northeastern corner of the state of South Carolina on the I-95 corridor. The most famous destination closest to it would be Myrtle Beach.
I no longer live in that town where I grew up. Traveling back often to visit family, I do know what is going on there. And when big news happens, I usually hear about it through family and through Facebook friends who still live there.
Recently a terrible thing happened in this small South Carolina town. Just a matter of days ago, a seventy-five year old woman was kidnapped from her home, stuffed into the trunk of her car and rode around for hours before being killed the following morning.
There was a collective gasp when it was learned that the suspects for this deed were 15, 17 and 18 years old. That alone is a tragedy in itself, but there is another aspect of this crime and the other victims as well. The suspects were black and there are rumors and speculation of gang implications and that this murder may have been a gang initiation. This has people very afraid for their safety and the safety of their families. People have taken their guns out of their hiding places and are keeping them closer by these days. This murder is affecting them so intensely to know one can be taken from their home and become a victim of not only murder, but a gang murder. That is still so shocking.
So many angles to this story without a doubt, like how does a family cope with a mother or grandmother being removed from her home and the terror she must have endured? How to cope with a loved one being killed for no reason? How would one handle the heartache? The sadness? The loss? The anger?
One would have to have one's head under a rock to not acknowledge race is still an issue in our country. Perhaps in one way or another, it always will be. There are stereotypes that unfortunately accompany every race. One stereotype for black males is that they are violent and criminals. Most people, no matter what their race, are decent people living their lives, but because three young men decided to do such a horrific thing, it is a concern that the other victims of this crime will be the black males in the town that might now be looked upon with fear and suspicion. This is another tragedy in this situation. Yet another thing to raise racial tensions. Perhaps the community as a whole can come to terms with this awful turn of events and if it was gang related, try to deal with it together.
An elderly lady fell victim to a senseless action, but there are other victims as well. The behavior of gangs create more victims with every crime they perpetrate. Some crimes can have tentacles reach very deep in communities. Hopefully, my hometown can come together and heal instead of letting the chasm between the races grow any deeper.
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