The worst mass shooting in Orange County history occurred six years ago, on Oct. 12, 2011. The self-confessed killer was sentenced to eight consecutive life terms in prison just last month, one life term for each person he killed.
With unrelenting catastrophes near and far recently — Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Maria, the two earthquakes in Mexico, the Route 91 Harvest music festival shooting in Las Vegas, the fires in Northern California, the Canyon fires in Southern California, the murder-suicide by a Los Alamitos police captain, the chain-reaction multi-car crash that killed Cypress Police Officer Matt Ward, the four pedestrians mowed down just yesterday at the northern border of Los Alamitos by an out-of-control Dodge Neon — we may feel exhausted.
No more! Let’s go back to boring!
But today, in our exhaustion, we should spare attention and prayers for those who lost their lives six years ago, not just those killed but also those whose former lives were irrevocably changed by one evil man’s actions.
The first responders reacted admirably. The larger community gathered to comfort the immediate victims and one another. The community of Seal Beach pulled together to build a monument to the shooting victims.
Subitanea et improvisa morte, libera nos, Domine. From a sudden and unprovided death, deliver us, O Lord.
Rest in peace.