The events occurring in the past week in Boston have been gut-wrenching, heartbreaking, & mind-blowing. When they finally caught suspect #2 (suspect #1,his older brother, having been killed) & he turned out to be only 19 years old, the only question that came to my mind was "Why?"
He is the same age as W, and two years younger than Z. Somewhere out there, his mother is probably asking herself the same question & going through unimaginable heart break over why her two sons would do something so reprehensible. There is plenty of speculation that they were "radicalized", a new term that I have learnt in the past few days. I assume that this means that they were caught up by extreme religious beliefs, which led them to the horrific act this past Monday, which claimed three lives so far & maimed so many others. I know that religion is a powerful thing. When used for evil, even the mildest mannered & apparently sane person can be made to perform the vilest of deeds.
I mourn for the loss of lives in Boston, & the suffering that the victims are going through. But I also mourn for the loss of innocence of suspect #2 & the ordeal that his family is & will be going through in having to deal with what he has done. He will have to face the jury for what he has done, no doubt about it. But the mother in me can't help but wonder how & why this happened.
It's just so sad.