I was deeply saddened by the senseless killing of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville student Taylor Clark. Having also lost a son to murder, I could sorrowfully relate.
I was shocked to read in the BND article that a reporter had the audacity to knock on the door of the Clark family’s residence the morning after their son’s death. Apparently there is no sensitivity training in journalism school. Not sure what “news” the reporter was seeking.
A cadre of state police had arrived long before dawn at our doorstep that fateful morning. They were there to make notification to next of kin. The visit quickly transitioned to investigation and data gathering. Time was of the essence as the initial hours after a crime are most critical to quickly identify and then get the perpetrator(s) into custody.
It wasn’t until the police had left and we saw the video coverage of the crime on the local TV news that it really began to sink in. We walked around like zombies in those first hours after notification of our son’s untimely death. Had a reporter showed up at our door, I’m not sure if I’d have been able to muster any semblance of courtesy like at the Clark home.
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I’m reminded of the lyrics of the old Maureen McGovern tune, “There’s got to be a morning after. If we can hold on through the night.”
My heart goes out to the Clarks. There will be a rough road ahead, but hopefully they have their faith, family and friends to help get them through.