Wednesday, June 30

Sad day in Yorba Linda

A young man who was in Hallie's sixth grade class, and with whom she's been friends for a number of years, was shot and killed by the police on our street last night. He was suspected of an armed robbery at the little strip mall just down the way from us, which I visit daily because my gym is there.

I can't imagine how Julian's life led him to this terrible ending--he and Hallie hadn't been in touch in a number of years--but I do know that he was a sweet 11 year old who used to swim in my backyard sometimes, and being shot in the street at 25 years old is tragic and horrible.

Poor Hallie was stunned by this sad news, especially in light of the fact that she was suddenly and very unexpectedly laid off from her job a few hours before the tragic news about Julian.

If you're a praying person, please pray for the family and friends of Julian Collender, especially his mom and dad, as they struggle to understand what happened. And say a little prayer for Hallie, too, while you're at it.


Spidey said...

sad, sad news. so sorry.

UrbanStarGazer said...

Wow. How awful.

Sorry to hear about Hallie losing her job as well.

emma said...

my condolences. After reading the story I'm not understanding why this man had to die. The cops knew where he lived--did they overreact? I dunno. Keep us posted Verbie.

Mrs. Tree said...

Very sorry to hear about this and about Hallie's job. Thinking about you all.

Catz said...

Sorry to hear this. my thoughts and prayers to both your family and his.