Like most everyone in the city I was stunned by the news of our most recent murder and like most everyone else in the city I wondered if this was a sign that a sinister new time had dawned in Walnut Creek.
As shocking as the incident is and as troubling as our other problems (shoplifting, traffic, housing availability etc.) may be I read the often frantic commentary following the shooting and arrived at the conclusion that as bad as things may seem we should not be condemned by yet another isolated, violent incident.
It is clear that like most cities our city is facing a new age marked by violence committed by young people with few barriers and access to guns. Unlike most towns we are lucky to have venues attractive to people from outside the area who come here in search of a night out. Add alcohol or drugs, high spirits and access to those weapons I mentioned and we should not be surprised to see tragedies such as the one that unfolded Sunday – or nights before.
As the area comes out of lockdown and people flock to the “vibrant” downtown many leaders and others in the community have said they want, it is reasonable to assume we may see more of the murderous outbursts we saw over the weekend as humans interact and alcohol and testosterone come into play. This situation is unlikely to change as long as the city works to bring business to the downtown. Despite the murder other residents went to church that day, lunched with neighbors and were able to enjoy our great weather in peace and without incident.
While at least two families will have their lives changed forever by the Spoontonic shooting the rest of us must try to put that crime in its place and move forward with our lives as best as we are able. It’s all that we are able to do in the face of a mindless tragedy. Walnut Creek is a good place to live.
Eva Hagemann/ Walnut Creek