Making sense of the senseless

Tragic ending to a life well-lived won't make national news

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When you can’t make sense of a death, all that remains is to make sense of a life.

Bill DaVitte’s life made a ton of sense.

It was, after all, the life of the 55-year-old husband, father, grandfather, brother, golf buddy, volunteer church caretaker and Augusta native that filled a funeral home to overflowing Tuesday, just days after his senseless murder.

As insane as his killing by an alleged carjacker is, absolutely everything about what Bill DaVitte was doing in his last fateful moments made ultimate sense. He was stopping with his wife to turn on the sprinklers at Marvin United Methodist Church. It doesn’t get much more giving and noble than that. He came running into the line of fire when his wife was attacked and pistol-whipped by the gunman. It doesn’t get braver or more chivalrous than that.

Bill DaVitte’s life made sense. His actions that night, even to his last breath, made supreme sense.

What doesn’t make sense is why anyone would be so cavalier with life, so murderous, and so randomly cold-blooded. What doesn’t make sense is a life spent tormenting those around him – in the case of DaVitte’s alleged killer, at least seven arrests in Jacksonville just since 2011. What doesn’t make sense is why such an upright and devoted family man, citizen and child of God would be put in the path of such evil.

All we can surmise is that free will demands it – that, as Rabbi Harold Kushner hypothesized in When Bad Things Happen to Good People, nature may have to be neutral and ambivalent. Thus may we choose good and eschew evil of our own accord, as opposed to manipulating fate for our desired ends.

Radio host Dennis Prager on Wednesday noted that, while the deceased are in a better place, the rest of us are not. The rest of us are diminished by the demise of a good man.

The death of Bill DaVitte won’t make national news. There won’t be cable crews here with constant updates at the scene. There won’t be mass demonstrations or political pronouncements. Apparently, the killing of a good man by an evil one just isn’t uncommon or outrageous enough.

How sad. And how nonsensical.

Maybe the only thing that makes sense anymore is a life well-lived.

That was Bill DaVitte.

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Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 08/22/14 - 05:36 am
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This case is one of the most

This case is one of the most heartbreaking crimes that I can remember in a long time. I can't count how many times I have sat in the church parking lot waiting on spouse or just waiting for a meeting to start. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to this wife and Mr. DaVitte's family.

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 08/22/14 - 05:41 am
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"The death of Bill DaVitte

"The death of Bill DaVitte won’t make national news. There won’t be cable crews here with constant updates at the scene. There won’t be mass demonstrations or political pronouncements. "

ACES, you just turned this into a political pronouncement and shame on you.
Thank God law enforcement has a suspect in custody. That is most likely why you won't see mass demonstrations. It matters when law enforcement does it's job and acts an a protector. They did in this case and all should be glad about it.

ymnbde
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ymnbde 08/22/14 - 06:05 am
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truthmatter, by not making this type of crime a political matter

our society has allowed more of this crime to happen
certain segments of society are simply more dangerous than others
and a "certain political party" does not educate a "certain segment of our society," resulting in tragedies such as this
how many more must be sacrificed to the altar of liberal moral relativism? the crime stats speak for themselves, and by ignoring the true "war." as the msnbc and cnn liberals call everything, we get more crimes such as this... shame on you for secularizing and politicizing this murder...

hoptoad
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hoptoad 08/22/14 - 07:13 am
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A truly good, Christian man

A truly good, Christian man gets shot by a scumbag for no reason other than a carjacking and National news outlets don't bother. But a scumbag criminal gets shot and the whole country gets involved to support the scumbag.

Something's amiss here.

Stunned 2
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Stunned 2 08/22/14 - 07:45 am
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Tears

My Granddaddy always said "You preach your own funeral - while you are living". I think that is still good advice for all of us - even today.

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Bizkit 08/22/14 - 08:04 am
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My condolences to the

My condolences to the family-sounds like a great guy who is now with our maker in a place especially made for him. I find solace in that and his wife will see him again. I don't think it was a political statement more so than a comparison of what incidents makes national news. We spend more time on bad things that happen than good-like MyFather's point of while I could show articles of police brutality that ignores all the good cops, good deeds, etc that happen everyday. Some people distill life into cup and just look at the cup rather than the life. I wonder if the man who killed him has any remorse?

hoptoad
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hoptoad 08/22/14 - 08:12 am
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Great comment, Bizkit.

Great comment, Bizkit. Though I doubt there's remorse from someone who could be so cold blooded as to shoot an unarmed man and woman in front of a church. Just pointing the gun and forcing them out of the car probably would have served his purpose of car jacking.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 08/22/14 - 08:31 am
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The shame should be on us not AC

We let a small segment of our society run wild. We cower down when some protest & march....we permit riots & looting as though "they" deserve to do it!!

WE NEED TO MARCH....enough of this crap when the going gets tough...enough with the crap on tv when the final details are not known...

I have sat at that church waiting on my husband too....that death could have been any of us....

Buy a gun & learn to use the dang thing!! We will need it sooner than you think!

Augusta Chronicle got this right...

seenitB4
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seenitB4 08/22/14 - 08:35 am
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It matters when law enforcement does it's job

and we still don't know all the facts...do we??

For all you know the police were right in Ferguson..

Bizkit
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Bizkit 08/22/14 - 08:48 am
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Seenit I agree I don't know

Seenit I agree I don't know why the people in Missouri started protesting before justice could even be served. The left jumped on this and now they find their poster boy darling isn't so darling they won't back down just double down and make this about some greater issue and create this war on black man that Dems created. You can tell Dems are racist feeding this angst purely for political theatre so come midterm elections they can call white conservative racists. War on women, war on black men, etc-why because they can't run on their on policy. All the left leaning news outlets are making this about a war on black men. Which may precipitate a war of black people attacking white-like the New Black Panther party's use of intimidation and death threats.

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deestafford 08/22/14 - 09:03 am
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There is evil walking among us....

There is evil walking among us and this thug is one of them. Nothing will change him but execution...and it should be swift but it won't.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 08/22/14 - 11:13 am
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Missouri has been mentioned and I wanted to comment but

this is not the place. This is about Bill Davitte and his legacy. The ACES staff wrote this article with much thought and compassion. I too have compassion for Mr. Davitte and asked my God why but I have to depend on Him to get it right.

Blessings to the Davitte family! You will see him again!

Darby
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Darby 08/22/14 - 11:59 am
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True enough, Sweet son.

On the other hand, ACES alluded to Ferguson and then, predictably TM attempted to parry that with his statement that...

"It matters when law enforcement does it's job and acts an a protector. They did in this case and all should be glad about it."

I think that we'll find, despite the rhetoric and vitriol coming out of Missouri, that law enforcement "did its job" there too.

Time will tell....

Darby
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Darby 08/22/14 - 12:05 pm
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'No Man is an Island'

No man is an island entire of itself; every man
is a piece of the continent, a part of the main;
if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe
is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as
well as any manner of thy friends or of thine
own were; any man's death diminishes me,
because I am involved in mankind.
And therefore never send to know for whom
the bell tolls; it tolls for thee

John Donne

I didn't know Bill DaVitte, but I do know that he deserved better than what happened to him and his family.

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