On Sunday when most people were celebrating Mother’s Day two mothers in Mississippi were mourning the loss of their sons. For them it was not a happy day. Police officer Benjamin Deen 34, and Liquori Tate 24, were shot Saturday night during a routine traffic stop. Both men succumbed to their injuries.
It is sad that these officers lost their lives in this manner and we must come together with one voice and condemn those who carried out this senseless act in the same way that we are quick to condemn those officers who do wrong. Deen and Tate did nothing wrong. They were just doing their jobs and I was appalled by a news item where an individual – who since then was fired from her job – was celebrating the death of these officers. They are someone’s son, husband, brother and friend. Every life is precious and important.
The train crash in Philadelphia is a reminder of how fragile our lives are and how death can strike within the blink of an eye. People on that train were heading home. Many had family and friends awaiting their arrival and so many did not make it home ending up in hospitals instead. But those were the fortunate ones. Eight people are confirmed dead. Their families will never see them walk through that door again.
There are many unanswered questions. Why was the train going at a speed hat was twice the speed limit while taking that bend. Was it mechanical error or error on the path of the engineer who was driving that train. These are answers that we hope to learn in the coming days.
Condolences to the families and friends of those who did not survive the crash. For those who remain in hospital I wish a speedy recovery.