The Day After

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I live 20 miles east of DeKalb Illinois.  I attended Northern Illinois University Law School.  I contacted two friends of mine who are teachers there.  I offered my sypathies and prayers for them as they deal with the aftermath of some idiot who chose to go on a random or non-random killing spree before taking his own life.

My friend who is a 39 year old professor told me that she had that murderer in her class last year.  To top it off one of the victims was one of her best friends.  She said that it's been overwhelimingly difficult to be there.  However, she said that outporing of support has been beyond anything she could fathom.

I can't believe that someone could choose to do something like this.  While I try to be fair and impartial, I can't separate the two with regards to this.  Think about it.  This guy chose to quit taking his medications.  The medications help make someone more stable.  This 27 year old gunman student then went out and purposedly bought 3 guns and ultimately opened fire in the auditorium.  The bottom line is that the medication helps with emotional stability, but it doesn't help with moral decisions and determinations. 

Because of this choice many people think that individuals are excused for their actions.  He knew going into his rampage that there was no other option except to kill himself.  Sick?  You bet, but sane enough to know that the consequences that he was to face were beyond what he wanted to face and therefore he took his own life.

As a result friends like I mention above are going to be dealing with crap that they should never have to deal with.  It's a sad day, this day after....I'm not sure what we can learn except to be happy with where we are in life right now and to live live to the fullest.

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Lynda Eisenmann
Preferred Home Brokers - Brea, CA
Broker-Owner,CRS,CDPE,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co

Hi Larry,

So sorry for your friend and all of the folks in your state. No doubt it's a terrible senseless loss for all. My  heart goes out to you all.

Feb 15, 2008 03:14 PM #1
Mike Gambino
Prudential Patterson Realtors - Florissant, MO


I am attaching a news article from my son's school.  This incident happened last night.  Fortunately, no-one was hurt.  My heart goes out to the people involved in these tragedies and their families.  I keep wondering what is happening to the people in this world.  Are we regressing?  It is sad, and I can't help but wonder if immediate news coverage being told about within minutes all over the world is in our best interest.  Here is the article:

Posted: Friday, 15 February 2008 10:53AM

Two Arrested in High School Shooting

HAZELWOOD, Mo. (KMOX News)  -- Coincidence or was last night's shooting at a high school basketball game a premeditated act?  

A basketball game between McCluer North and rival Hazelwood Central High school ended shortly before eight last night and as students jammed into the Hazelwood High parking off New Halls Ferry Rd. shots rang out.  Students scattered in all directions but no one was hit by the gunfire.  St. County County police arrived and a short time later arrested a 16 year old Hazelwood student and another person.  

It was just a year ago today that police were called to a similar shooting outside McCluer North High School.  The same two teams were on the court that night as well. The only difference; one person was shot in the 2007 shooting and one person was arrested. 

Police at the time said that shooting had nothing to do with the basketball game.

Feb 15, 2008 05:12 PM #2
Mike Frazier
Carousel Realty of Dyer County - Dyersburg, TN
Northwest Tennessee Realtor


This appears to be happening more and more. My wife and I homeschool and are very selective who are friends with our kids. I cannot put my finger on why this is happening more and more unless it is because there is a breakdown in the family structure!

Feb 16, 2008 04:22 AM #3
Daniel J. Brudnok, REALTOR
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach, REALTORS - Exton - PA License #RS-225179-L / Delaware License #RS-0025038 - Downingtown, PA


Our world has become a place that everyday we must worry about these kinds of happenings.

We are finalizing our youngest college choice and this horrible tragedy makes us worry even more.

I hope and pray that all who have been affected by this, feel the healing power of the Lord.

Feb 16, 2008 08:06 AM #4
Larry Bettag
Cherry Creek Mortgage Illinois Residential Mortgage License LMB #0005759 Cherry Creek Mortgage NMLS #: 3001 - Saint Charles, IL
Vice-President of National Production

Mike...that is becoming an all too familar occurence.

Mike...I believe you're right...there is such a breakdown.  I used to see couples when I did therapy for couples....people are so vested into self that they often neglect what they brought into the world.'re right on....thanks for the kind words.  Appreciate it.

Feb 16, 2008 01:59 PM #5
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