Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Violence here, too: not a happy 4th for all

Well, happy 4th of July Holiday to you! But it isn't a happy 4th for everyone. Here are some clippings from our local news:

Soldier murdered one week after returning from Iraq
Staff Sgt. Adam Sheda made it home a little over a week ago after an 18-month tour of duty with the Army National Guard in Iraq. His family could breathe a sigh of relief that a military death notification team never appeared at their door bearing bad news from the Middle East.

It was a team of local law officers who notified Sheda’s family that he lost his life about 3:40 a.m. Saturday when he was shot to death during a dispute.

He said witnesses said two to three shots were fired. Police believe two shots were fired. Sgt. Bob Shene, who leads the Police Department’s Violent Crimes Unit and who served 14 years as an officer in the Coast Guard hinted that alcohol fueled both men’s actions in Saturday’s incident, but he wouldn’t elaborate.

Staff Sgt. Adam Sheda had a account:
Be sure to look at his photos.

And the violence has continued. Here is the newspaper article of what I heard unfolding on the police radio last night:

Jul 04, 2007 - Police continue their search this morning for the person or people involved in a Tuesday evening drive-by shooting. Police say one woman suffered non life–threatening injuries. A neighboring child told the police: "I saw bullet cases everywhere." "It makes me feel weird because I might get stabbed or shot." Some witnesses indicated that a vehicle had driven by an address up here and fired some shots at some people on the deck and towards the residence." This wasn't the only report of shootings in that area on Tuesday. "There have been some ongoing disputes over the day, during the day, that might be related to this final incident here tonight." Police will continue their investigation today.

Violence and war are not just "over there" in Iraq and other countries, they're here, too.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, violence, crime, war are everywhere. What does that say for the nature of human beings? Getting to be a downer... but Happy 4th anyways. None of that over here.

4:25 PM  
Blogger Maria said...

There is no escape, is there?

7:20 PM  
Blogger Walker said...

Somethings you can't get away from no matter where you are.
It doesn't maater who you are or what time of day it is.
Christmas, New Years, Ramadan, tempers are fueled.
I think the most scariest part of all of it is how cheap life has become where no one holds any value for it.

But in all this cheap carnage I think what you can be happy about is that there isn;t more of it and that there are people out there like the police or soldiers willing to stand up to fight and protect most people.

So with that in mind

Happy Forth Of July, for the freedom you earned and still fight to keep.

9:59 PM  
Blogger Lorna said...

Our lives have becme so complicated with at-home violence, war, information overload, but there is some happiness in there too.

3:06 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

How tragic after all he went through, to come home and have his life end. What his friends and family must be going through now I can't imagine :(

5:00 PM  
Blogger Jay said...

Yes , so stay safe.

9:20 PM  

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