It's frighteningly easy to let emotions overwhelm you -- particularly when you're a teenager. But it's impossible to understand how a spat over clothing could lead to a mom losing two of her young sons -- all while her third son watched and was powerless to help. Stanley Blanc, a 16-year-old from Miami, wanted to wear his 14-year-old brother Stephen's clothes, but Stephen wasn't too keen on that. After the brother argued over the attire, reportedly Stephen shot and killed his older brother in their home -- while their 18-year-old sibling Mark witnessed the entire thing.
After he killed Stanley, Stephen then reportedly went out to the parking lot and committed suicide using the gun. Mark claims no one in their family owned a gun and that he wasn't sure where his little brother got the weapon. He described their fight as a "small petty argument over clothes that escalated into a fight."
Needless to say, their mother is "inconsolable," according to friends and neighbors. Can you even imagine losing your two babies in one day and then having to come to terms with the fact that it happened because one killed the other? We aren't sure whether Stephen killed himself because of intense guilt he felt over fatally shooting Stanley or if there was something more behind his suicide. Either way -- this is a tough one to digest or understand.
Sibling rivalry and fighting has and always will be a normal part of family life. But how could a young kid feel so much anger or resentment toward his brother over something so trivial that he would resort to ending his life? Is the bigger problem that he had access to a gun and that it's just way too easy for kids to get guns? It's horrifying to think that, had this argument taken place 40 years ago, it may have ended with two black eyes instead of two deaths.
Do you think the person who supplied the gun should be tracked down and charged in this tragedy?
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