Then out spake brave Horatius,
The Captain of the Gate:
“To every man upon this earth
Death cometh soon or late.
And how can man die better
Than facing fearful odds,
For the ashes of his fathers,
And the temples of his Gods.”
Thomas Babington Macaulay, Lays of the Ancient Romans
In my misspent youth I was in Army ROTC. This hits home for me:
Riley Howell, 21, died in his classroom on April 30 after charging and tackling the alleged shooter, identified as 22-year-old Trystan Andrew Terrell.
“His sacrifice saved lives,” Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney said in a news conference. “What he did was he took the assailant off his feet, and then the heroes that we have here were able to apprehend him from there.”
Putney described Howell as “the first and foremost hero as far as [he’s] concerned” regarding the shooting, which also killed 19-year-old Ellis Parlier.
Hundreds of people attended Howell’s memorial service Sunday in Lake Junaluska, N.C.
Howell, an ROTC cadet, was given a burial with full military honors, including an honor guard.
During the service, Howell’s friends and family remembered him as adventurous, affectionate and big-hearted, according to the Associated Press.
Go here to read the rest. Rest easy soldier, your duty is done.
A Catholic, Mr. Castillo often volunteered with the Knights of Columbus to help the elderly. If he isn’t enjoying the Beatific Vision now, I would eat a very large hat.
Men like Mr. Howell and Mr. Castillo remind us of why God went through all of the trouble to make us.