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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

London McCabe

From lbrb - Left Brain Right Brain

By Matt Carey
November 8, 2014

London McCabe was a six year old kid. He was a kindergartner whose principal described him as loving to sing and happy. He liked hats.

I wish when news outlets would report on murders, they would start with who was killed. The good points of the person. What we as a people lost.

I bring that up because, as you likely suspect, London McCabe was killed.

Earlier this week, London McCabe was killed when his mother threw him from a bridge, from which he dropped about 133 feet to the frigid waters of a river below. That’s about a three second fall. Three seconds is short, I grant you, but long enough to feel abject terror.

If news articles focused on the victim, perhaps that sort of fact would come forward. Perhaps we would be put in the place of sympathizing with the victim.

When you think of secondary victims, they would be the family and friends who knew and loved London. People who had no way to avoid thinking about how he died. I know I can’t avoid it. I can’t avoid thinking of my own kid terrified and falling.

I wish news articles wouldn’t immediately jump on the disability (or disabilities) of the victim, like the
first article I saw. For London McCabe was autistic. Nonverbal.

Facts about motive are very scarce right now. There are indications that the mother suffered from some mental illness. As a community, we’ve seen that argument play out all too often as a “blame the victim” approach: it’s hard to raise an autistic child and the parent buckled under the pressure. We’ve seen this approach used cynically.

That doesn’t preclude actual mental illness in this case. We ask for equality in the treatment of those who kill in our community. Equality means not throwing our friends in the mental illness community under the bus. The disability of the victim is not an excuse. It is not a mitigating factor. Real mental illness is. Let’s see what the facts are in this case.

London McCabe’s family is not ready to discuss the details, but has released this message at a prayer vigil:

"We are deeply touched by the community outpouring of love and support for our family…The best way you can honor him and not let his death be in vain is to purpose your hearts to respond in kindness, love and respect toward all those people in your lives especially those with special challenges…Don’t allow hatred, anger, bitterness, or revenge to fill your hearts..."

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