As I write this, we don’t know yet the names of the victims of today’s mass shooting in the Inland Empire, only that there were at least 31 of them -- 14 killed and 17 wounded.
Well, that’s not true. We know the name of at least one victim: San Bernardino.
This shooting would be tragic no matter where it happened, but as I watched the unfolding news story on Twitter and, of course, LATimes.com on Wednesday afternoon, I couldn’t help but feel sorry for the city in which the Inland Regional Center resides. Hasn’t it suffered enough?
On top of all this, people can’t even spell its name. One trending Twitter hashtag Wednesday was #sanbernadino (without the “r”).
And there are still many people who want to call this city home and are fighting for its revitalization. There’s even an strong collection of local young artists/activists here. (Side note: If I were a billionaire, I would buy out downtown and build entry-level lofts and cafes. There are so many young people in the Inland Empire interested in a more urban lifestyle than the suburban tract neighborhoods provide.)
Now this happens. Just doesn’t seem fair.
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