Two Narratives Going on Here, I Think

“We’re devastated by this,” McNamara said about the small program consisting of about 20 students. “He was a wonderful student.”

Dabney was with the school for a year and had just turned 14 in May, McNamara said.

“He had incredible energy, lots of life,” she said. “He was loved by everyone in this program. Everybody is just struggling today. This was extremely sad.”

Sounds like a tragic case of a child dying young, and I wish such things never had to happen. But context is everything:

Police have released the names of the shooter and the alleged 14-year-old robber killed when two masked suspects entered a Tulsa convenience store late Thursday.

Tulsa Police Capt. Dave Roberts said two robbers walked into Zeba Food Mart No. 2, at 506 E. 56th St. North, with a rifle around 10:45 p.m. and started shooting.

Zahid Khan, an employee at the store, returned fire with a handgun, shooting one of the masked intruders.

Qualynn Dabney, 14, was pronounced dead at the scene from a gunshot to the upper torso, police said Friday.

The other robber fled, Roberts said.

Khan told police the masked suspects came into the store armed with long rifles.

Detectives reported they recovered a .22-caliber rifle next to Dabney’s body.

It seems to me that the easiest way to avoid this tragedy would have been for a 14 year old boy not to be involved in the armed robbery of a convenience store. But that’s just me.

H/T to Jennifer for this story.

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