Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Terrible Tragedy in Amish Community

Even while we were recovering from the tragic events at Bailey, Colorado, an even more horrific and unthinkable tragedy unfolded in an Amish community near Lancaster, PA. It is even made sadder that it happened in a closed community that protects itself from the harshness of the modern world by isolation.
Charles Carl Roberts IV, a truck driver whose job was to transport milk from the Amish farms in the community to the dairy, entered a schoolhouse and bound ten girls, aged six to thirteen, then shot them all, execution style.
It was, allegedly, a premeditated crime; reportedly, Roberts had begun buying the materials he had used in the siege and murders up to nine days previously. These were items that could not have been foreseen to be used in the manner they were used, so the tragedy was not anticipated in any way.
When a person is willing to die in taking the lives of others, and if there is no indication of what the person is planning, the event becomes inevitable. No amount of vigilance, gun control laws, or security can stop this type of event from happening, which is what makes it even more frightening.
It is not believed to be a “copycat” of the Bailey tragedy. Five young girls died, for no reason, and five more are hospitalized in critical condition from gunshot wounds. It is a terribly sad day for us, and our hearts and prayers are with the families of the victims.

1 comment:

danette said...

How sick and evil do you have to be to do something like this? I though just South Africa was this screwed up - looks like its not the case.
Where do people like that come from?