The news about the death of Adam Peterson came out of the blue, as no one expected it. Much like the murder that he committed, which left Joel Marino as a most horrific headline. Sunday as I watched the news and read the online coverage of this story I thought about the families involved. Each in their own way was grieving a lost child, and trying to understand why such things happen.
I am sure that each of these boys at birth were greeted with the same volumes of joy and promise for a great life that all parents try to wrap their children in. The dreams and desires from parents for their children is never-ending. Even as those children grow into adulthood there were still the hopes from parents for a productive, and healthy life filled with good days.
The needless and senseless murder of Joel Marino ended those thoughts for one Madison family. It was impossible not to feel their anger and sadness. When the killer, Adam Peterson, was arrested there was a sense of relief for both the family, and the community.
But even as there was justified anger at Adam Peterson, there was also another set of parents who were distraught in Minnesota. The parents of Adam were also grieving. Granted, at that time it was not over the death of their son, but the loss of a son none-the-less. They knew that nothing in their family would be the same again. Mental illness had consumed their child, which then resulted in the end of a life for a Madison man.
So the news of the death on Saturday night of Adam Peterson is just the latest sad and tragic chapter for these two families. I am sure there are lessons to be learned here about mental illness, and the need to address it with therapy. But all I can think of today is the sadness that two families are feeling about the loss of their sons who started out wrapped in so much joy and promise.