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Murders and Social Media

I was listening to the radio when I heard that two people were killed while attending a birthday party near Houston, Texas. The announcer went on to say that there were a hundred people at the party and that in addition to the two who had been killed, an additional 20 had been wounded.

Honesty compels me to tell you that I was hoping that they were not African-Americans.

I guess in a way I was wishing that this tragedy had happened to people of a different ethnicity, but it was just a knee-jerk reaction that I'm not very proud of. Maybe it was because I feel we have had more tragedies of every possible type than most other people. It occurred on the 18th birthday of an African-American high school student.

The party was in her home, and had been announced on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. The party was at her home, and her brother had agreed to become the bouncer to keep undesirables from attending.

It appears that they were expecting about 20 guests, and that they were surprised when around 100 showed up. Her brother, acting as a security guard, turned away two young men who had pistols with them. When these uninvited guests were unable to get through the front door, they managed to get into the backyard anyway, and later, for no apparent reason, they began to shoot their pistols. Panic ensued as the partygoers tried to save themselves.

The police are seeking two suspects who are probably known by most of those who attended the party. This may have been a random tragedy, or the killers might have decided to attend a party in order to exact revenge on some of the participants.

Those who use social media need to reflect on the possible consequences of the information that they share with the world. They may be unwittingly subjecting themselves to physical danger and possibly damaging their future careers. There is always danger lurking on the Internet.

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