Once again, the third week of April brings tragedy.
What is it about the third week in April?
-April 19, 1993. Tragedy occurred in Waco, TX.
-April 19, 1995. A Federal building in Oklahoma City, OK was bombed in a terrorist attack which claimed 168 lives and left over 800 others injured.
-April 20, 1999. One word – COLUMBINE. At Columbine High School in Littleton, CO, two students opened fire, killing 12 and wounding 24 others before turning the guns on themselves.
And today, April 16, 2007. The shocking events which took place at Virginia Tech University, resulting in the largest shooting rampage in modern US history. In all, 33 people died, including the gunman after taking his own life.
Is it merely a coincidence that some of the most highly publicized mass killings in US history have taken place around this time of year? There was some urban legend floating around after the Columbine incident which stated the three major incidents took place to commemorate Adolf Hitler’s birthday, which is April 20.
I don’t know how much weight that theory holds. One thing I do know for sure is over the past 14 years we have observed some horrific and senseless loss of life this time of year.
Our prayers go out to the families of all the victims.