It has been a traumatic weekend for our community. Details surrounding the death of Italian Deputy Brigadier Mario Cerciello Rega are still unfolding, but two Tamalpais High School grads are connected to the senseless slaying. “We were stunned to learn that two members of our community were arrested in connection to the killing of a policeman in Rome,” said Tamalpais Union High School District board president Leslie Harlander in a written statement Sunday. “We can confirm the two arrested graduated from the school district in 2018,” said Harlander. “We can add no additional information, other than offering sincere condolences to the family and friends who lost a loved one in this tragic situation.”
Large-scale violence occurred closer to home yesterday when a 19-year-old shooter armed carrying a semiautomatic weapon that he purchased in Nevada opened fire at the Gilroy Garlic Festival, a noted family-friendly event. Three young lives were claimed and a dozen more people were injured.
We don’t have answers and nothing we do or write will bring back the lives lost. Outside our community one man was killed and 11 others injured, when two gunmen opened fire at a Brownsville, Brooklyn block party attended by thousands on Saturday night. Other mass shooting incidents this weekend were also reported in Illinois, the District of Columbia, Pennsylvania, and Kansas. We’re 210 days into 2019 and there have already been 246 mass shootings.
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