A man was driving a stolen truck recklessly. Two West Virginia State Police officers pulled him over, cuffed him, placed in the police cruiser, and called for a wrecker to tow the stolen Silverado truck.
As they waited for the wrecker, the cuffed suspect pulled a gun he had hidden and shot both officers.
One fatally. The other remains in critical condition.
This story is heart-breaking.
Every time I hear a news story like this, I am reminded that both the officers and suspects are sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, mothers, or fathers.
These are news stories to many, but life-altering, soul-crushing events to some.
Corporal Marshall Bailey, the officer who died, grew up on Poca River and attended Poca High School in my hometown.
He was the brother-in-law of one of my best friends in high school.
He was a Poca Dot.
He had served as a West Virginia State Policeman since 1995, risking his life daily for our comfort and security.
As I watched the tributes to Marshall roll on my Facebook newsfeed, as I watched this afternoon’s press conference, I was reminded of both the good and evil in this world.
The good…hundreds of PHS classmates, police officers, and well wishers showing up , posting, sending condolences, and praying for the Bailey family – including this post from the Virginia Tech police.
Most people truly are good.
The evil…the fallen world in which we live. A place where a 20-year-old man named Luke can shoot four men in one night and end up dead. Tragic.
Today, my issues and my to-do list seemed irrelevant and petty as my husband and I prayed for Marshall’s family.
I can see the faces of Earline and Maxie (Marshall’s mom and dad) as well as his brother, Justin, and Justin’s wife, Ashley, and their children.
Incredibly sad. Undeniably heartbreaking. So unfair.
I am reminded that tomorrow is not guaranteed. We have no idea which day will be our last.
Humbling. Perspective altering.
Please pray for all the families involved.
Psalm 34: 18 – The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.