Skip to comments.Catholic student gunned down in Colorado; few reporters ask crucial questions about shooters
Posted on 05/11/2019 12:14:07 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o
Another week, another school shooting, although this latest one in the Denver suburb of Highlands Ranch has quickly turned into a religion story.
Well, its a religion story if reporters note crucial details and ask basic questions.
As I scanned various stories, I learned there was very little news about the shooters, especially some of their more controversial aspects. One was LGBTQ; the other had Satanic symbols on his car, yet that didnt make it into many media accounts. (As for Kendrick Castillo, the 18-year-old who died at the scene, he was an only child. I cannot imagine his parents sorrow.)
The Denver Post tells us this much at the arraignment:
One of the shooting suspects, Devon Erickson, sat hunched in his chair throughout his hearing where he was advised of the charges he is being held on. As the proceeding continued, the skinny 18-year-old with shaggy black and pink hair curled farther into himself his bangs nearly touching the defense table by the end.
Alec McKinney who is charged under the legal name of Maya Elizabeth McKinney but uses male pronouns and the name Alec sat up straight in his chair.
Also, there is this: According to folks who checked out his Facebook account, there was an anti-Christian screed there.
Another student, Aiden Beatty, said that Erickson worked as a vocal instructor and acted in school musicals. Beatty and Erickson formed multiple rock bands together. Beatty said he couldnt imagine his band mate committing such horror. Nothing on Ericksons public social media pointed toward violence.
In my mind hes pretty much dead, Beatty said. Hes effectively killed himself, too, in a terrible and unimaginable way.
McKinney was transgender and had struggled with personal problems, freshman Ben Lemos said. The two shared a study hall, a lunch group and mutual friends, Lemos said.
He just had a negative experience with school, he said.
But the Daily Mail had a lot more interesting details, including how Erickson had 666 and a pentagram spray-painted on the hood of his car.
In case you think they are making this up, a news producer for the Denver affiliate of CBS posted a photo of said car.
Now why isnt this detail being mentioned much? If the suspect had the words Trust Jesus or the like spray-painted instead, would there be a lot more made of it?
A reporter at heavy.com quickly got on social media and cached photos (and lots of other information) from the suspects Instagram accounts before anyone else could take them offline. Its there that we learn that Alecs Instagram handle was thatgaykidalec and that his mother hates the new Alec and that he missed his dad. So heres a girl who doesnt get along with her mom whos transitioning to be a boy who is without a dad.
Still, I dont see media picking up on the LGBTQ shooter angles. Theres some sites out there commenting on how a trans kid committing a murder doesnt fit into the media narrative, hence theyre not reporting on it. Because the child is a juvenile, I understand why reporters must be cautious but when this kids friends are posting on Instagram that she/he had mental problems because of the trans issue, its sure worth mentioning.
As for the victim, his religious connections have received short shrift as well. The New York Times profiled Castillo, but managed to miss the fact that hed attended a private Catholic school before transferring to the STEM school where he was killed. The Times only religious reference was a friend referring to Castillos faith being important to him. Were not told what that was.
This USA Today story mentioned the boy was often seen at Knights of Columbus fund-raisers and bingo nights. Hmmm. What place do you know features such events? Could it be a Catholic church?
Definitely. Catholic News Agency just ran a story on Kendricks Catholic faith, so the information was definitely out there.
Why couldnt other journalists connect the dots? This consistent blindness is wearying at best and a disgrace to the profession at worst.
Well, watch the drama play out with the accused kids in the next few weeks. If we see anything about Ericksons anti-Christian connections (and Ive not listed them all) and why McKinneys trans issues led him to pick up a gun, then Ill know theres some objective reporting going on.
If not, you know what that means, too.
I haven't followed the story closely, but it seems that the balance of sympathy has been pretty much pointing toward the trans kid, Maya/Alec, who "needed support" and "wasn't accepted or understood."
I hadn't realized before that "Alec's" crimepartner, Devon, put up social media posts which were pervasively pro-Satanic and anti-religion. NOr had I realized that the brave boy who rushed the shooter to disarm him --- and died trying --- was well known to everybody as a strong Catholic.
Not news, I guess.
I posted the Catholic News Agency article about Kendrick Castillo over in the Religion forum.
“So heres a girl who doesnt get along with her mom whos transitioning to be a boy who is without a dad.”
Let’s just let that sink in a bit, shall we?
Yep. These kids shooting one another are perfectly normal; no need for mental health intervention! The crazier they are, the more likely they’ll be to vote Democrat.
P.S. So PROUD of the students that got up and left the memorial for their friend when they saw that it was only going to be a Democrat gun-grabbing love-fest!
the brave boy who rushed the shooter to disarm him --- and died trying
He turned out to be a truer Knight than anyone thought.
I dont think he was killed because he was catholic. However catholic and Christian faith teaches the highest love is to lay down your life for others so maybe indirectly he was. He was killed because he rushed the shooter saving other lives.
And deserves to be remembered.
If the victim had been a Muslim who bravely charged the attacker and died, much would be made of this person’s faith. Politicians and celebrities would be “standing in solidarity” with the Muslim community. It would be spun as a Christian vs Muslim terrorist attack and the attackers would be falsely called Christians (all the Satanic stuff would be supressed).
Pray for them.
Im praying for all of us. My daughters school is closed Wednesday for the funeral. It will be on their campus and it is expected to be so big with security and road closures that they are canceling school for the day
Wow. I’m blinking back tears myself. Kids have to face such terrible events at such a young age. God protect them all. And give them the courage to protect others.
Very few outlets are reporting that the gender-bender’s old man is an illegal with a long felony rap sheet and numerous deportations because that REALLY does not fit the narrative.
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