CNN is reporting an unbelievable tragedy this morning out of Los Angeles, Ca. The grisly details of a man and his wife who lost their jobs with Kaiser Permanente stain the consciousness of us all as the unemployment numbers continue to climb. The man killed his family of 5 children including two sets of twins ages 5 and 2, an 8-year old daughter and his wife. The seemed to carefully plan his moves as he sent a fax to the local TV station and called 911. The note he left behind detailed the employment dilemma he and his wife were experiencing.
As we are preparing for what President Obama calls “getting worse before it gets better,” are we suggesting to the world that we are too weak to be broke? When did that happen? A lot of us have struggled before and are struggling again. We don’t come home and extinguish the flames of our hopes and dreams in a desperate rampage. Don’t you secretly pray that there was more to this story than is being reported? We don’t want to believe that such a drastic decision could be made purely because of unemployment and the thought of mounting debt.
Kaiser Permanente isn’t commenting on the reason the couple was fired, but they submitted a statement showing their support of employees affected by the tragedy. Unfortunately, this unstable father is not unusual. This is the second family-suicide out of the Los Angeles area in just 3 months. A man killed his family of five in October, including his mother-in-law, wife and three sons, one of which was a Fulbright scholar and honor student at UCLA.
Our prayers go out to these families. More of the story is detailed here.