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Advocate editorial board opinion: Let investigators do their job in finding truth

By By the Advocate Editorial Board
March 31, 2012 at 6:01 p.m.
Updated March 30, 2012 at 10:31 p.m.


Tragedy is never easy to deal with, especially when it involves the death of a 4-year-old child and not everything is known about the circumstances. Even people totally unconnected to the families involved feel sadness, grief and even outrage that something this senseless could happen.

But amid this emotional turmoil and the search for answers, we would caution people to not get ahead of themselves. While what happened to Kylar Johnson was terrible, law enforcement is still conducting its investigation and the complete story of what happened that night is not yet known.

Although the preliminary report says Kylar's death was caused by a pit bull, officials have said a final ruling could take more than a month. While that is a long time to wait for answers, because of the sensitive nature of this incident, we must stress that it is paramount that people avoid jumping to conclusions and pointing fingers.

It is easy to jump to conclusions and make assumptions when trying to come to grips with something so senseless and unfair as the death of an innocent, but we would encourage our readers to remember that there are people who must now live with this reality every day of their lives. Please, rather than pointing fingers, placing blame needlessly or listening to petty gossip and unfounded speculation, take the time to stop and show compassion to Kylar's family and any others involved.

We agree with Sheriff T. Michael O'Connor's statements at the scene encouraging members of the community to wait for the official report. It's crucial to trust that investigators are doing their job and that they will find the truth about what happened to Kylar.

"It's real important due to the nature with what has happened with a toddler," the sheriff said the day Kylar was found. "There are a lot of emotions, even with officers. We want to make sure we do it right."

We agree that the best consideration now in this investigation is finding a way to look past emotion and find the truth about what happened. Until then, we encourage members of the community to come together and focus on healing.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.

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