Friday, July 10, 2009
A senseless tragedy: parents who adopted kids with disabilities shot to death
I just found out that Byrd and Melanie Billings, parents of 16 in Beulah, Florida, were shot to death in their home. They had 12 adopted kids, several of whom had developmental disabilities. Others had been sexually abused or were born to drug-addicted moms. Evidently, eight of the kids were in the home when the couple was killed tonight. At this point, police are saying it was a home invasion by three men in a red van.
These weren't just good people—they were the supergood people of the world. Here's a story on them written back in 2005.
It just doesn't make sense. It doesn't make any sense at all.
Tonight, my heart goes out to the family and those poor kids.
Photo from Pensacoloa News Journal