Story Published: Nov 30, 2009 at 9:29 AM PST
Story Updated: Nov 30, 2009 at 9:29 AM PST
The assassination of Lakewood police officers Tina Griswold, Greg Richards, Mark Renninger and Ronald Owens stirs up shock and anger; sadness and frustration.
Who hasn't asked themselves what the hell is going on in the world when four people who had pledged to serve and protect you and me are slaughtered on a Sunday morning while preparing to go on shift?
Who didn't spend the day with a knot in their stomach, aching for the families of those four officers?
Who didn't feel a sense of admiration as law enforcement officers from throughout the region gathered and then went about their duty with professionalism and integrity?
Less than a month ago, we mourned Seattle police officer Tim Brenton.
Less than a month ago we lit candles, placed flowers and, as a community, we cried.
Sunday morning, officers Tina Griswold, Greg Richards, Mark Renninger and Ronald Owens put on their police uniforms, kissed their families goodbye and headed off for another day in service to us all.
How the hell can we even begin to understand that one madman in a moment of blind violence took them from us forever?
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