September 24, 2010

Tragedy in Seattle...

What a tragedy.  What would drive a Mother so crazy to shoot her own Family?

I saw the headlines on Twitter yesterday saying that there was a shooting in West Seattle that left four people dead.  My heart dropped reading the headline alone because its so close to home... I used to work in West Seattle for awhile.  Although I don't live in Washington anymore, I still constantly read the news relating to it because it will always be home to me.  This morning, I woke up and figured that there would be more information about the tragedy so of course, I followed up.  I went to my reliable source, 
King 5 News and it broke my heart to see faces that looked very familiar on the front page.  Although I don't know the family personally, they just looked really familiar.  

This story caught my attention because its
  • so close to home
  • Cambodian people involved (I care about all people, but I will admit that I pay closer attention to my own people... its the truth)
  • family tragedy... always breaks my heart
  • survivor's name is 'Thyda' as well... though the reporter pronounced her name as "thigh-duh"... ugh! *cringe*
I am definitely going to call my Mom to see if she knows more about this.  I just want to know what it is that could drive a Mother to go to this extent.  We all walk different lives and face different struggles so it is hard to judge and assume.  I read some of the comments on the article and some really upset me, but I don't feel it necessary or worth my time to rebut to ignorance... but I am willing to bet twenty bucks (all that I have in my wallet at the moment) that it was not drug or gang related.

(You can click on the link at the beginning of this post to see the article that I read)

My heart, thoughts, and prayers go out to this Family.


  1. i briefly heard about this shooting, and immediately wondered/thought "i hope it doesn't involve cambodians" i can totally relate to your statement "(I care about all people, but I will admit that I pay closer attention to my own people... its the truth)"

    the story is devastating, but keeps me wondering "why?" if your mom knows the lowdown, fill me in too. you know khmers will talk, so i'm sure your mom will have heard something.

    Prayers to the rest of the family

  2. Have you read updates on it? From what I've read, seems like she was suffering from schizophrenia. :( Still so so so very sad. Reminds me of the movie, "A Beautiful Mind"... still one of my favorites. This is real...