At this time of year, and in our horror over the revelations that an apparently very active pedophile has been working out of our community, I fear that many may lose sight of those against whom this kind of predation has been committed. We must also keep in mind that just because one man has been identified as engaging in these activities here, he might not have been working alone. We don't know.
It is troubling that there have been multiple incidents of this nature in the news lately. Penn State comes to mind as the most prominent, but there are others as well. I think this vigil will be a very constructive thing, and one that our entire community can participate in to show their concern over what has been revealed these last few days. By gathering quietly, and in the most respectful of ways, we will be able to show our caring for those who are the true victims of these heinous crimes. The children.
Matheson will pay dearly for his horrible activities, of this I have no doubt. But the boys whose pictures and videos Mr. Matheson was carrying in his computer that fateful day have paid a far higher price. Our prayers can hopefully bring some peace to their lives as well. This is something that we must do.
The Sierra Madre Police Department has been notified, and we have been informed that no permit will be necessary. We will be notifying Matheson's neighbors as well. Hopefully they will want to join with us in this hour long act of respect for the victims.
Hope to see many of you there as well. I can think of nothing that anyone can do that will be more in the spirit of Christmas and the holiday season.
Bring a candle.