The End of Autumn
Monday evening, Autumn’s body was found stuffed into a recycling bin just blocks from her home. Her bicycle and some other personal effects were retrieved from the same Clayton Avenue house shortly thereafter.
As it turned out, Autumn was lured to the home of two teenage brothers, 17-year-old Dante Robinson and 15-year-old Justin Robinson, who strangled her to death and disposed of her body on the same block where they live. It was their mother who noticed a strange comment one of her son’s Facebook pages and contacted police.
As you might imagine, the small town of Clayton has been shaken to its very core. And people simply cannot believe that something like this could happen in their peaceful town.
“There’s evil everywhere, even in the small town of Clayton,” Autumn’s uncle Paul Spadofora told reporters.
I hate to say it, but Mr. Spadofora is right.
It seems as if we hear the “how could it happen here” thing more and more in the media and popular press. That’s because the violence and death people normally associate with larger, urban areas aren’t limited to cities. Like a virus, they continue to spread throughout small-town America and threaten us all. And it’s about time we did something about it.
Unfortunately, I have no clue what that “something” is. I never professed to be an expert on safety and security. About the only idea I have is something we should all be doing anyway: protecting each other. Good people need to watch the backs of other good people. Otherwise the evil in the world will overtake us, and clearly the tide has already started to shift in that direction. Here’s hoping we can turn things around… and soon.
Rest in peace, Autumn.