When we consider the tragic Connecticut shootings that happened recently, we always send our thoughts to the families of the poor children who lost their lives that day, and rightly spit bile at Adam Lanza, the crazed gunman who caused it all. However, did you ever stop to consider his brother, Ryan Lanza, the man who lost his mother, his baby brother and unjustly bears the burden of Adam Lanza’s crime? He suffers daily horrors at the hands of those who should be directing their anger at the gunman, not the innocent and all-to-often overlooked victim of the crime. It’s a new dimension to the story which details just how devastating the effects of this terrible crime really were.
Renae Rossman of Candy Coated Reality says it better than I ever could right here.
Picture this… A day like any other day when you wake, hit the snooze button and rub your sleepy eyes while you ponder all the lovely potential your day holds. Finally, you roll out of bed, brush your teeth, shower, get dressed, eat your breakfast and head on into work for your usual work day. Living your dream. Living your life. Within an hour or so of arriving at the office, you discover you’re the most hated man in the world, your mom has been murdered, and your baby brother has done the inconceivable… killed first graders.
Imagine, you strive your whole life to be a success… you go to college; you land a great career; you’re growing into a productive member of society; only one day to be led in handcuffs and questioned for hours because your brother **he who shall not be named** has committed a heinous crime. Speculation…
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