By J.D. Booth
Editor and Publisher
Yes, this past week has been exceptionally disturbing and painful for many people who call
Sarnia-Lambton their home, not least of which has been the family of Noelle Paquette, the 27-year-old who was first missing, then found murdered and left in a wood lot south of Sarnia.
Within hours of the discovery of her body, Lambton OPP had two suspects in custody and those have been charged with first-degree murder in Noelle Paquette's death.
Now let's end it—the seemingly endless firestorm of Facebook mentions, comments and speculation on other "social" web platforms that will bring nothing but a river of pain, hurt, and unsubstantiated rumour to flow to the shores of what should be a private time for Noelle's family and friends to grieve and remember a life that was snuffed out too soon.
None of us are served by the re-publication of Facebook "junk" that has been said to foretell or re-tell the circumstances that brought this tragedy into the criminal system.
So let's let it go. Let's let the system that we believe in, we rely on, with people who are pledged to bring justice to those who cross the line, do what it needs to do.
We live in a broken world. Bad things happen. They shouldn't be the source of seemingly endless discussion about what might have happened, how it happened and on and on and on.
What we need now is peace. Pray for the family as they honour their daughter's short life. Pray for healing for those who are working hard to make a wrong if not right at least culminate justice.
And yes, pray for the families of those who are accused of a horrific crime.
It's time we as a community embrace one another, if not metaphorically, in reality.