Somebody didn't make it home

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Twitter was abuzz Wednesday evening. 

For the first time in Stanley Cup Final history, the two biggest American markets — New York and Los Angeles — went toe-to-toe in Game 1 of the fight for the Cup.

After jumping out to an early 2-0 lead in the first period against the hometown Los Angeles Kings, the New York Rangers frittered away their early advantage. Goals by Kyle Clifford and Drew Doughty brought the Kings even before the seven-minute mark of the second period, but it was two-time Stanley Cup champion Justin Williams whose quick wrist shot beat Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist 4:36 into overtime that sealed the 3-2 Game 1 win for the Kings.

It marked the 23rd time in this year’s National Hockey League playoffs that a team had lost a game in which it held a two-goal lead.

And in an instant none of that mattered.

In fact, even before Doughty scored the tying goal reports on Twitter — and other social media platforms — had surfaced that a man, dressed in camouflage and wielding rifles, had gone on a killing spree in the Pinehurst subdivision of Moncton, N.B.

Three RCMP officers were shot and killed. Two Mounties also sustained gunshot wounds, but are said to be in stable condition following surgery in a Moncton hospital.

Next to the four RCMP officers killed by James Roszko on March 3, 2005 in Mayerthorpe, Alta., Wednesday’s shootings are already being regarded as one of the darkest days in the history of the RCMP.

The gunman, suspected to be 24-year-old Justin Bourque, was apprehended in the wee hours of Friday morning. He was arrested around 12.10 a.m. AT, after a nearly 30-hour manhunt.

As the search for Bourque took place, areas of Moncton remained in lockdown — a scary and unnerving situation for residents, as well as RCMP members working around the clock in an effort to bring in the man alleged to have murdered three of their colleagues.

Wednesday’s shootings have also hit home in Saskatchewan. All RCMP members are trained in Regina.

Brazen shootings like the Mayerthorpe tragedy, the July 7, 2006 incident that saw Curtis Dagenais gun down two RCMP officers in Mildred, Sask., and Wednesday’s incident in Moncton leaves a mark on your heart.

There are times when we are frustrated to receive parking or speeding tickets from police officers, but they risk something few us have the courage to risk — their lives.

"Somebody Didn’t Make It Home Today," a poem written by Richard Frawley, describes the ultimate sacrifice the slain Mounties made to protect and serve us — a sacrifice we should shed tears for.

Under cover of night, they’re paid to fight

For what is good, and wrong and right

Somebody didn’t make it home today

They leave their families, and their wives

Kiss the kids, and risk their lives

Somebody didn’t make it home today

They work each day, out on their own

But as of tonight, a new star has shone

Somebody didn’t make it home today

So with your family, shed a tear

Hold them close, it’s what we fear

Somebody didn’t make it home today.

All editorials are written by the Times-Herald editorial staff.

Organizations: RCMP, Los Angeles Kings, New York Rangers National Hockey League Moncton hospital Times-Herald

Geographic location: Moncton, New York, Los Angeles Mayerthorpe Saskatchewan Pinehurst Regina Mildred

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