June 11, 2012 – There are no words to describe the horror, sorrow and shock we all feel at the senseless slaying of three young men and the wounding of three more in a shooting at an Auburn apartment complex over the weekend.
What may have sparked the argument that led to the shootings is irrelevant in the grand scheme of things, all that matters is the unwarranted carnage left in its wake.
Numerous families are today struggling to cope with unimaginable grief. Mothers and fathers have lost sons. Children have lost fathers. Aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends must come to grips with the loss of someone they loved.
It is an unspeakable tragedy.
One would hope that in light of the human toll taken, people would rise above their own petty agendas and insecurities. Unfortunately this is too often not the case.
Events like these tend to bring out the absolute best in some people while dredging up the absolute worst in others.
We’ve seen a tremendous outpouring of sympathy and condolences from friends and rivals alike. We’ve seen sensitive and measured reporting from numerous local and national media outlets.
Two of the men who were killed were former Auburn football players. One who was wounded is a current member of the Tiger roster. There’s nothing to indicate at this point that any of the three did anything other than be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
The alleged shooter isn’t an Auburn student nor does he live in Auburn.
The tragedy has nothing to do with Auburn University or the Auburn football program. That point has been made repeatedly by everyone from the majority of the members of the state and national media to the Auburn police chief.
Yet there are those who would take this event and use it as another stone to throw in their never-ending crusade against all things orange and blue. To milk this tragedy in an effort to gain a leg up in a rivalry is reprehensible.
There are those in the national media who would use this incident to paint with a broad brush. Pete Thamel of the New York Times used the opportunity to string together point-shaving allegations and other unrelated issues to craft a house of cards, the latest in a seemingly endless effort to hurl mud at Auburn.
Whatever their motivations or excuses may be, those who attempt to exploit this tragic event for their own purposes show their true colors. Those colors are base and ugly.
See them for what they are. And remember