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Urban areas full of brutal endings


December 4, 2016

Penning this while perusing the “Dallas Morning News” in Dallas, eastern New Mexico feels far away and peaceful.

Of course, violence is probably similar percentage wise, but urban areas seem filled with brutal endings.

A Fort Worth motorcyclist died after crashing into a rock-filled truck.

A 46-year-old man was slain in a North Dallas hotel. Two female suspects are being sought.

A 20-year-old woman died after a man stole a backhoe, drove it the wrong way on a Dallas freeway and crashed into her friend’s SUV. The thief escaped on foot.

A 58-year-old man was stomped to death outside a Dallas Wendy’s.

A 24-year-old New Mexico man was killed outside a Dallas bar and grill when someone fired into his car.

A Plano woman, 32, and her toddler, 2, died in a car crash in Missouri when a 26-year-old man, also killed, drove the wrong way on a freeway.

A homeless man in Fort Worth was killed by a freight train — the second to be killed by train in Fort Worth in November.

A San Antonio man was shot to death in a Wal-Mart parking lot after attempting to rescue a woman being beaten by a man.

A 22-year-old Alaskan man killed his beautiful 22-year-old wife, 8-week-old baby, 54-year-old mother, then himself in a Fairbanks hotel.

A Londoner got life for raping and killing four young men with the date-rape drug GHB — and is suspected in 58 other deaths.

Seventy-one persons, including most of the Brazilian soccer team, were killed in a plane crash.

A car bombing in Iraq killed 73.

Thirty-two bodies and nine heads were found in clandestine graves in Mexico.

Two children and an adult were gunned down at a baby shower in Mexico City.

Part of a Breckenridge cemetery is called “Babyland” because many parents want babies to have their own section.

My niece and her husband attended a Louisiana funeral, moved from a black church to a larger recreation center, for her husband’s 51-year-old brother who died unexpectedly from pneumonia. The program had a New Orleans Saints theme summing up his life: “First Quarter,” “Second Quarter, “Third Quarter,” “Fourth Quarter,” “Overtime.”

Contact Wendel Sloan at [email protected]


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