Friday, April 06, 2012

Candlelight Vigil?

What's wrong with this picture? The Union-Tribune article headline reads, emphasis mine, "Crash victims honored at emotional gathering." Hundreds of teens, apparently, gathered at a "candlelight vigil" to exchange memories of how wonderful these dead kids were.

These "kids" were drunk, which is illegal, and were participating in street racing at speeds in excess of 100 mph, which is also illegal. Their irresponsibility and recklessness cost them their own lives, and risked the lives not only of their friends but of the public at large, endangering the lives of any of thousands of people who happened to be using the public streets upon which they were racing. These are not the first lives lost to this deadly and reckless behavior.

And for this we "honor" them with a candlelight vigil? Seriously? Whoever these kids were and however the event came about, their deaths were the result of criminal behavior, and that should not be "honored" with vigils and soft words.

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