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'Only in America' is what we used to say of gun crime and assassination plots. But things are getting just as crazy over here.

My sister texted me with the news that a mutual friend of ours, someone we grew up with and someone she has worked with in her professional life for the past couple of years, was shot through the head and killed while on his way into work this morning. It happened on a zebra crossing near the office building where they both work. The perpetrator has been caught and in a statement to police has indicated it was a crime of passion; Ronnie had just started going out with this man's ex-girlfriend.

I'm amazed at how upset I am by this news; I'm shaking and everything. It's the shock, the pointlessness of his killing. In my life, I've lost friends, people I've been close to, through accidents and illnesses, but none have ever been murdered before. And even though I hadn't spoken to Ronnie in years, I still thought of him occasionally, and asked my sister for news of him every once in a while, or for her to remember me to him next time they had occasion to meet...and now this. It's incomprehensible, and such a terrible, terrible shock.

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janedavitt
Jun. 10th, 2009 04:34 pm (UTC)
Oh God, that's appalling! And for such a stupid reason; it makes no sense at all. I'm so sorry ::hugs::
gamiila
Jun. 10th, 2009 10:18 pm (UTC)
Apparently, the guy just walked up to Ronnie to where he was waiting for the traffic lights to change, and shot him at point blank range. He was killed instantly so at least he can't have suffered. He probably never even knew what hit him.
enigmaticblues
Jun. 10th, 2009 05:12 pm (UTC)
*hugs* That's terrible. I'm so sorry.
gamiila
Jun. 10th, 2009 10:19 pm (UTC)
::hugs back::
bogwitch
Jun. 10th, 2009 05:34 pm (UTC)
What a pointless waste.
gamiila
Jun. 10th, 2009 10:19 pm (UTC)
Couldn't agree more.
desdemonaspace
Jun. 10th, 2009 10:19 pm (UTC)
It is like America. I hate to think of the rest of the world, Europe in particular, to pick up our appalling, rootin' tootin' ways.

That's terrible. I'm so sorry for your loss.
gamiila
Jun. 10th, 2009 10:23 pm (UTC)
If anything, my sister's even more upset; she worked with him at the Justice Dept after all, and will have to pass the spot where he was killed every day for as long as she remains there.

Edited at 2009-06-10 10:24 pm (UTC)
curiouswombat
Jun. 10th, 2009 11:42 pm (UTC)
Oh H. that's terrible! It is beyond words...
gamiila
Jun. 11th, 2009 11:07 am (UTC)
Any bereavement is terrible, but this one? I just don't know how to come to terms with it. Ronnie wasn't a close friend, but he was someone I'd known quite well as part of our circle of friends in our formative years, and what happened to him is a fate no one, least of all him, deserved.
nostariel
Jun. 11th, 2009 06:34 am (UTC)
Oh my God, I'm so sorry. That's absolutely horrific. *hugs*
gamiila
Jun. 11th, 2009 11:08 am (UTC)
Thank you.
chantal87
Jun. 11th, 2009 11:32 am (UTC)
I am so sorry sweetie.
*hugs*
gamiila
Jun. 12th, 2009 07:11 am (UTC)
Thanks.
__kali__
Jun. 11th, 2009 07:57 pm (UTC)
That's simply awful. I'm so sorry.
gamiila
Jun. 12th, 2009 07:15 am (UTC)
It's absolutely horrendous. I don't know what the world is coming to, honestly I don't.
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