For this inaugural post on Tragedy Weekly let’s take a look at some of the stand out tragedies of the summer so far. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but rather a look back at some of the more notable tragedies that have happened in the last few months, in case you forgot already.
Cincinnati Zoo Gorilla Shooting
May 29, 2016 – Security officers at the Cincinnati Zoo shot and killed a 17-year-old gorilla in order to protect a 3-year-old boy who fell into the enclosure. The gorilla and the boy were both endangered and the security team acted out of concern that the gorilla would harm the boy.
Remember this? People were really mad. Some people were mad that the endangered gorilla was shot, and others were mad because people were mad about that.
The gorilla is still dead, while the boy made a speedy recovery.
Further Reading: NPR
Orlando Nightclub Shooting
June 12, 2016 – Some asshole killed 49 people and wounded 53 at the Pulse Nightclub in the deadliest mass shooting by a single shooter so far. The tragedy, which began as a hostage situation, has been deemed a terrorist attack due to the shooter’s demands and his allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi of the Islamic State.
Further Reading: NPR
Disney Alligator Attack
June 15, 2016 – An alligator dragged a 2-year-old boy into a lagoon at a Walt Disney World resort hotel. Police searched for the boy, holding out hope that they might find him alive. However, his body was found underwater not far from where he was attacked.
The tragedy sparked debate about what is considered responsible parenting during a surprise alligator attack. Many parents were forced to reconsider their surprise alligator attack strategies.
Further Reading: CNN
West Virginia Flood
June 23, 2016 – Massive rains killed 24 people and destroyed over a 1,000 homes in West Virginia. The flood was the seventh deadliest in history and the deadliest in the United States since 2010, and it’s likely that a lot of you are just learning about it right now.
Dallas Police Shooting
July 8, 2016 – During what was intended to be a peaceful protest, some douchebag opened fire on police officers. The shooting ended in an house-long stand-off and ultimately resulted in the death of five officers. The shooter formerly served for The United States Army and Jimmy Johns Restaurant. He had no affiliation with any terrorist organization.
The tragedy sparked discussion about an activist group, and whether or not they are racist.
Further Reading: Washington Post
Republican National Convention
July 18, 2016 – The 2016 Republican National convention was held in Cleveland Ohio from the 18th of July to the 21st. Among the tragic events that occurred during that week, Melania Trump plagiarized a speech from Michelle Obama, Donald Trump was officially nominated as the Republican candidate for president and was out-performed by the Democratic National Convention in television ratings.
Also Scott Baio was there.
Further Reading: USA Today
Democratic National Convention
July 25, 2016 – As if that wasn’t enough, the Democratic National Convention was held in Philadelphia from July 25th to July 28th. Tragic events included: Hillary Clinton officially receiving the nomination for Democratic presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders telling his supports to vote for Hillary and an email leak that suggested DNC officials manipulated the press in support of Hillary.
Further Reading: ABC News
Thoughts, prayers, and good vibes to our readership.