Earlier yesterday, I read about the horrific December 21, 2017 quadruple murders in upstate NY. 36 year old Shanta Myers, her 22 year old partner Brandi Mells, and two of Shanta's children, 5 year old Shanise Myers and 11 year old Jeremiah Myers were butchered in what has been called "an act of savagery" eerily similar to a 2014 quadruple murder that occurred also in upstate NY.
Their bodies were found by the apartment building property manager, as he entered the home per request of family members who had been unable to reach the family by phone.
Myers's oldest son, 15 year old son, Isaiah Smith, was away at a basketball retreat at the time of the murders, and as such is the sole remaining survivor of this former family of five. Prior to the arrest of two suspects, Smith is reported to have said, “I’m not sure if they’re coming for me next."
Even with two suspects now in custody, the fractures in this community's wellness and health seem irreparable. There aren't just the 4 victims that have been heinously murdered-the son Isaish Smith, relatives, and community members, and even the suspects themselves are all victims of the lack of (access to) wellness and the need for early adoption and incorporation of wellness into our healthcare system.
Below is the text of the Facebook comment I posted regarding the murders:
Something about this case is gripping my heart almost to the point of not being able to breathe... like Eric Gardner may have felt in the grips of the chokehold that ended his earthtime. Or perhaps like the last gasps Erica, his 27 year old daughter took before a heart attack (induced by an asthma attack?) last week.
The savagery of the execution of this family shook even the Troy (NY) police that are trained out of necessity to suppress their emotions.
I am a socially conscious and aware pharmacist disenfranchised and currently unemployed due to ageism, and the new gig/share economy of our nation.
Initially I was hurt and pi**ed off, for despite all of the awards and accolades of my career, I could be and was “laid off.” But that was before I realized that Great Spirit has bigger jobs & employment for me.
Almost three years ago, I started doing focus groups, surveys, writing-why does the U.S. spend the most for the least with regard to healthcare? Why is healthcare really sickcare? Just two of many questions/concerns. One of the things I learned is that without (the 8 dimensions of) wellness, health is impossible.
Though “the two defendants in custody” will undoubtedly be prosecuted and properly punished, the lack of wellness in our nation, communities, and individuals is not remedied with punishment of killers who are also victims of the pervasive lack of (access to) wellness, well-being, and health in America.
Shanta, Brandi, Shanise, and Jeremiah have made their untimely transitions-victims of an unnamed battle of inequities and lacks. Isaiah, Shanta’s eldest son and only “survivor” will heal in time-perhaps, but will never be the same.
My hope, moving into 2018, and beyond, is that we can begin to correlate societal ills such as the savagery of the Myers family murders to the lack of wellness (social, emotional, environmental, intellectual, occupational, financial, spiritual, and physical) in our communities.
While racist hatred is rampant, perhaps more so than in previous generations, we must recognize and work with the many similarities we have in common as people, humans.
Strict separatism hasn’t worked and it will not work-ever, because solutions will only come from a place of love and unity.
-slej/There’s A Pharmacist In The House
"It’s everybody’s problem, you know. Don’t wait for it to hit home like we did," he said. "We can reach out to everybody and try to get people to understand that this is an 'us' thing. We have to tackle this thing together and figure out what the disconnect is."
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