In Covina, California, a man dressed as Santa entered a Christmas party. An 8 year old girl answered the door, and the man shot her in the face with a handgun. He then fired into the crowd of 25 people, killing some execution-style. Then, he took a homemade fuel-spraying device and set the house on fire, burning it to the ground. He then fled to Sylmar, 40 miles away, and killed himself after rigging his rental car to explode. He was motivated by a failed marriage and nasty divorce. His goal was to destroy his ex-wife’s family. People say that he had no history of anger or violence prior to this. Link to story
I live about ten minutes from where this happened; it’s across street from the middle school I used to go to. We heard ambulances, fire trucks, and police that night, but didn’t make anything of it. When I saw the story on the news the next day, I had no idea it would become national news. Now every major news channel in the country is covering this. It disturbs me, not only because of the nature and timing of this crime, but also because it took place where I live.
I say we should pray for those killed, and those affected by this massacre, especially since this took place during a time that should be a time for celebration and peace.