Friday, December 9, 2011

The tragedy of the Virginia Tech shooting: five children left fatherless

Heartache and unanswered questions abound after yesterday's on-campus shootings at Virginia Tech. A close friend of mine was directly affected by the shooting that killed 33 in 2007; yesterday's incidents awoke painful memories of that tragedy for all connected to the Virginia Tech community. The campus activated security measures implemented after the 2007 massacre and went into lock-down for several hours after a police officer was shot and killed by a gunman, who later took his own life.

Little is known about the shooter at this time, except that he was not a student of Virginia Tech. However, we do know several things about the police officer who was killed. Most notably, he was a dad and husband. Deriek Crouse was a father and stepfather to five children.

Law enforcement officials will eventually find answers to many of the questions surrounding yesterday's shooting. Why would someone violently interrupt a routine traffic stop that he was not involved in? What connection, if any, did the gunman have to the police officer? As the investigations continue, activity on Virginia Tech's campus will quickly resume it's normal pace as students get ready to take finals and go home for the holidays.

Life, however, will never return to normal for Deriek Crouse's wife and children, and while answers may provide some sense of closure for his family, the pain will never go away. Our hearts go out to the Crouse family, especially the five children who woke up today without their dad. The death of anyone is always a tragedy; that tragedy is magnified many times when it leaves fatherless children.


  1. This is a very sad day for many I am sure, my heart goes out to the family of those who have lost - both in the 2007 and yesterday.

    Its so tragic that some ungrateful punk who gets pulled over and takes drastic measures instead of getting a ticket - ends in this manner.

    My thoughts go out to all [good] police officers doing what they do to help keep us safe.

  2. A sad incident.
    I used to despise authority but now, as a father, I am grateful for those who put their lives on the line to protect society.
    Here is a relevant V Tech link:

    Happy New Year.

  3. Drew, thank you for sharing. Coincidentally, the link that you provided is about Lauren McCain who was a friend of the friend I referenced at the beginning of the blog. I never met her, but I've heard about her from my friend and I appreciated seeing the website dedicated to her that you linked to in your comment.

    Thank you for reading The Father Factor and for sharing your thoughts with us. As you noted, becoming a father often brings a new point of view on many aspects in life.

    Renae Smith


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