The local news just reported the mother of the five children killed in a crash yesterday is reaching out to the driver of the other vehicle. Family and friends say the mother is drawing upon the strength of her faith, and the support of the community. There is, it seems, a light of hope for the future. She is expecting her sixth child in six weeks. Also, investigators initally reported none of the children were belted in; they now say some of the children were belted in.
And, this is not the first time tragedy has struck this family. Seven years ago the family was camping and a mountain lion entered the campsite. The oldest daughter was attacked by the lion, who clamped its jaws around her head, tearing apart pieces of her skull. The mother heard her daughter screaming and was able to frighten the lion away. The lion was later destroyed by a game warden.
Even in the midst of trauma, the human spirit lives on...inspiring, reaching, and touching. I pray for all the people touched by this tragedy; the mother, the father, the other driver, and their families. May peace be their anchor in this horrific storm.
In another local story, common sense seems to be prevailing in the case against Joseph Duncan, the man accused of kidnapping young Shasta Groene and murdering her family, among other things. Defense attorneys have dropped demands for copies of videotapes Duncan made after kidnapping Shasta and her brother. The images on these tapes have been described by prosecutors as graphic and disturbing, leaving them concerned that, if released, copies of the tape could become public. Both legal teams struck a deal to prevent copying the tapes. The deal allows the defense to see the images at any time, and the prosecution agreed not to use the material at trial or sentencing if the case gets that far. Finally, proof that attorneys have not lost sight of all their moral values.
There is always hope. Maybe this case will set a prescendent for current and future cases to protect the innocence of victims. Sometimes the public doesn't need to see everything. As some things are better left unsaid, some images are better left unseen.