This is not a letter to Adam Lanza. I don’t know who you are, but you do. And maybe a friend was there to share your exploits. Sometime in the early hours of Friday, December 21, you were driving along Highway 71N, also known as Blue Mountain Road. You stopped your vehicle at the bottom of our
property to look at the two miniature donkeys that always “hung out” down by the road. You probably did this many times, but this morning you got out of your vehicle and also took your gun, which the Sheriff believes was a high-powered rifle.
The donkeys would have turned to face you (they are curious, much like cats). They were standing only about fifty yards up from the road. You took aim, and fired two shots. Kaitlin was hit both in the shoulder as well as the neck. Did you know this? Did it please you that your gun performed so well? That you were an excellent marksman? She would have fallen immediately and I pray she died quickly and peacefully. Tucker would then have bolted and headed up for his barn. Did you stay for a few moments to enjoy your kill? Did it make you feel important or powerful? Were you making a statement about your second amendment rights?
Most hurt of all in this are the children of our valley who are now being told that wanton shooters do not only live in Aurora or Connecticut, but here in Lyons as well. Tucker stood watch over her body until we had her taken away this morning. He now wanders aimlessly around the property looking for his companion. All of us have lost the sense of peace and security of our valley. Some of the beauty has gone as well.
I don’t know what you were thinking, but I do know what you did. I, like most of us in this small community, cannot figure out why.
Bobbie and Tim Watson