Cass Lake and Minneapolis are worlds apart. The two cities would seem to have little in common and yet both were the site of senseless acts of violence late last month.
In Minneapolis the victim was Tyesha Edwards, an 11-year-old girl who was fatally struck by a gang member's stray bullet while doing homework at her dining room table. In Cass Lake the victim was Darrell L. Bisson, 48, a legally blind, lifetime resident of the city who was walking his dog about a block and a half from home last Friday when he was beaten to death.
Some murder victims are killed after a verbal dispute or an altercation of some sort but Edwards and Bisson were going about their own business when they were killed.
While outstate Minnesota's population has dwindled, it's kept pace with the Twin Cities in the unenviable category of senseless violence. It's uncomfortable to admit but senseless killings are just as much a part of the fabric of rural Minnesota's life as they are for a large city such as Minneapolis.
On a more positive note, residents of both cities expressed outrage that the lives of two innocent people were cut short. At Tyesha Edwards' funeral service mourners volunteered to take part in a project to rid the city of violence. In Cass Lake, there was talk of a candlelight vigil and a push to curb youth violence.
Let's hope these two tragedies can spur the respective communities to action so that such senseless killings come to an end soon.
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