Posts tagged tragedy
Posts tagged tragedy
Is it just me, or is this tweet inappropriately cheerful?
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En memoria de Erica y Miriam Delgado. Su historia no debe ser silenciada.
This is just tragic:
A desperate Texas mother who was denied food stamps is dead after taking a state welfare worker hostage and then taking her own life. According to police, Rachell Grimmer walked into a Laredo, TX welfare office with her two children Monday and pulled a gun. Over the course of the seven-hour standoff, Grimmer released her hostage but then fatally shot herself and wounded both of her children.
“They were all barefoot,” said Esther Jaimes, who saw the family waiting at a gas station in October. “They looked dirty, like they hadn’t showered in days, and the little girl was holding a puppy. They were just looking around just trying to see if anyone would help them or something,” she said.
The family of three moved to Laredo in July and lived in a small RV in extreme poverty.
Desperation can cause people to do horrible things. Reports also state she had attempted to qualify since July and was first denied because her 18 page application lacked some information, though what was lacking isn’t clear. Her mother said she may have been dealing with mental illness as well. This is an all-around awful event and I hope her children make a full recovery.
As a side note, the benefits in Texas are typically $294 a week for a family of three. It’s not much, but for many, it’s the difference between starvation and barely adequate sustenance. It’s horrifying that Rachell Grimmer felt she had to take the route of shooting herself and her children after this benefit was denied.
Breaking News of the Day: Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) was killed this morning along with six others outside a Safeway in Tucson during a “Congress on Your Corner” event after being shot point blank in the head. Several others were wounded in the attack.
Giffords, the youngest woman to be elected to the House (30), thus becomes the first female politician to be assassinated, and the first US rep to be killed in the line of duty since Leo Ryan (D-CA), who was shot by the Jonestown cult.
There are conflicting reports about whether or not she has died. Regardless, anything like this strikes down what democracy is supposed to mean.
The Forgotten Princesses…