This happened on May 1st so I don't know if it is common knowledge or not. I just found out about it today and have been reading what articles I could find. Oh, boy, I wish I could figure out how to put links in so you will have to forgive me. Just Google Jeffrey Hall and you will get links to the New York Times, ABC News, Slate News, etc.
Jeffrey Hall, the victim, was a White Supremacist who regularly held meetings in his home. Apparently he was a ranking member of the Southern California chapter of the National Socialist Movement. By his own admission, before he died, he taught his troubled child how to shoot a weapon. He was proud of that fact.
Ten years old. I have three boys that at 10 could barely tie their shoes and at seventeen, two of them told me their plan was to get an apartment with hammocks just like Gilligan and the Captain. My boys were wildly naive. Not so much any more, both having done tours in Iraq and one currently in Afghanistan. But at ten?
So many unanswered questions. Was a troubled child taught hate and then acted out? Does he know the consequences? Did he ever even have a chance? Can he be rehabilitated or is this child damaged goods?
I would like to think that, maybe, there is hope. As we all know that early indoctrination is not indicative of how we eventually find our way.