I know in my heart that man is good, that what is right will always eventually triumph, and there is purpose and worth to each and every life
"The mom looks like trailer park trash..still a tragic... my heart goes out to the older brother and little Ryan and his grandparents"
Thus went the comment made by “Tina” on the NBC5 Chicago forum in response to the following story:
Ryan Watson, 2, of the 1900 West Ridge Road in Gary, was behind his home when he was struck by a train Thursday afternoon, a Lake County Coroner’s Office spokeswoman said, noting that her office responded to the scene about 5 p.m. Watson, who was to turn 3 years old on Monday, was also recently diagnosed as autistic.
April Watson, Ryan's mother, witnessed the incident, NBC5's Marion Brooks reported. "There he was on the tracks, and here comes the train," Watson said through tears. "It was too close to him, and I was like, 'Please Ryan!' And he looked back at me with his pretty blue eyes -- I'm never going to see him again."
The boy suffered blunt force trauma from being struck by a train, but an autopsy will be conducted Friday, the spokeswoman said.
"She goes, 'Ryan! Get off those tracks!," said Jane Watson, Ryan's grandmother. "Before she could do anything, the train was almost on top of him. There was no way she could have ran over there and done anything. She just turned her head and fell down."
Gary police declined to comment Thursday night.
Watson's family mourned the loss of Ryan, Brooks reported. "My whole life, I loved that kid so much," said Ryan's 12-year-old brother, Rickey Baird.
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I’m certain that the authorities will fully investigate this heartbreaking case. But the knee-jerk, judgmental reactions of humankind never cease to disappoint me. These are human beings. This was a horrific incident. A beautiful, blue-eyed light has been put out, his potential never fully realized.
Tragedies should never elicit trash-talk like "Tina's."
My prayers are with this family. I hope yours will be too.