5-Year-Old Tornado Survivor Killed by Dog Makes Us Question Our Beliefs (VIDEO)

angel statueThe story on its own is heartbreaking enough -- a 5-year-old boy was viciously killed by a dog this weekend in Arkansas. But when you add in the fact that just a few weeks earlier he'd barely escaped death when a tornado ripped through his hometown of Moore, Oklahoma, you have to wonder how much one family can take.

According to KTHV, it happened Saturday at the home of a family friend. The boy and his 2-year-old sister were staying there while their parents were rebuilding their own home in Oklahoma that had been destroyed by the tornado. The boy (whose name hasn't been released) was crying and upset for some reason. The dog, a Bullmastiff, may have considered it an aggressive act and attacked.

The dog's owner, Lynn Giling, said she tried to save the boy, but it was too late. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

It's hard to imagine how this family will go on after experiencing so much grief and horror in such a short time. After the tornado, they surely were happy to have survived and thankful their children were spared from death as others were not. I imagine that it renewed their sense of purpose in life, and gave them a big reminder of how precious life is. Then just weeks later they got this devastating news that the precious life of their son was over.

It's the kind of heartbreaking story that makes even the most faithful question how something this tragic can happen. When extreme things happen -- both good and bad -- we tell ourselves that they were meant to be. We comfort ourselves by saying, "Things happen for a reason." It's hard believe there's any reason for a boy to be spared one day, and just weeks later have his life violently ripped away. It's hard to understand why one family is faced with so much grief while others face none. It's hard, but that's what faith is about, I guess.

Many thoughts and prayers to this boy's family and friends.

Do stories like these make you question your beliefs?


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Sammy... SammyMama

This is so horrible and tragic - how horrible for everyone involved.

I am an atheist, so this does not make me question those beliefs - it just affirms them.  While I understand the desire for, and begrudge no one the comfort of religion, it seems to me that tragedies like this, small and large scale, happen randomly all over the world, everyday.  I am not a pessimist, just saying that I cannot comprehend any version of God that would allow things like this to happen - especially to innocent children.

nonmember avatar Cass

I echo the above comment- this does not shake my faith. However, I am sincerely sorry for those that it does. I have seen the harm that religion so often does, but, in times such as these, I don't begrudge anybody their beliefs if it makes them feel better. Disasters are not times to preach atheism. They are opportunities to "be good without god" and support our friends and neighbors without calling their religious beliefs out. I hope that those who derive comfort from their religions (while being respectful of my beliefs) continue to do so.

lizhalee lizhalee

This happened in the county I live in and it's horribly sad. Unfortunately dog attacks are not rare here. Not too long ago a boy was castrated by a pit bull. The community is very heart broken. And yes, my faith is shaken, but to be fair, it's been shaky for a while.

lizhalee lizhalee

And also, if you click the link and read that the dog was still missing, it was found and put down by a family friend.

nonmember avatar Rach

Everything does not happen for a reason. This happened because kids were left with a dog for a babysitter. You never know what dogs will do when you introduce new stimuli. And many children and even adults don't know the warning signs of a nervous or angry dog. It's awful but it didn't happen for some divine reason.

Momof... Momof8kiddies

How unbelievably tragic... I feel so bad for the family of this little boy...

LostS... LostSoul88

OMG how tragic. My heart goes out to the family and the owner of the dog. She tried to do the right thing. I hate hearing stuff like this. Children should die.... espeically soomething where they suffer....

nonmember avatar Amy

Not at all.

Victo... Victoria0785

Very sad, but the family was very irresponsible. Leaving a child along with a dog that doesn't know him-even one that did- especially one that is so large, is irresponsible. There should always be an adult on hand in case the dog starts acting aggressive. I guarantee the dog didn't just attack. The boy was just too young to understand the warning postures from the dog. Growling, bristling, ect. If an adult had been with him they should have seen that and removed either the kid or the dog from the situation. My faith isn't shaken, I don't believe that if there is a god that he has any influence on our world. I just wish people would stop bring so irresponsible with potentially deadly things, like dogs or guns. Especially a dog that weighs a minimum of 100 lbs.

nonmember avatar Dee

I keep saying it's not the breed, it's the size and potential. Well keep seeing people die as long as other people insist on having their "pets" be large dangerous animals. I love dogs but mine tops out at 10 lbs. Not to say he couldn't be vicious, just that he can't do much harm, and even still I'll be watching him closely when my nephews (8 & 5) visit this weekend.

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