IF WE ARE TRULY HORRIFIED, SHOCKED AND SADDENED.... then we all try to get more people aware of the problems revolving around special needs children ( i have one myself) and DO SOMETHING!!
We could volunteer as classroom aides (special ed. teachers are, IMO, esp. amenable to outside assistance);
We could encourage our church, other organization, or individually, offer to either give respite care so the caregivers can get a much needed break OR mentor some of these kids and adults.
in high school, my daughter received only 2 phone calls during the entire 4 years. Even now, except for immediate family, she has NO social life. i had even arranged for a school friend to take her on outings (at $10./hr plus fuel) but the girl has stood us up.
I DON'T EXCUSE THE MURDERERS IN THIS CASE, BUT, IN MARCUS' HONOR, PLEASE, PLEASE, AS A NATION, A COMMUNITY, let's do something to help those special needs people. Please - i know it isn't easy ( i just got done rescuing a 'stray' homeless lady for 2 weeks, and yes, it is very difficult dealing with urine & poop smell on your furniture, in the car, etc.; it's extra housework cleaning the spills in the microwave, the refrigerator, the floods in the bathroom; it's extra time preparing microwaveable meals; taking them shopping; helping them apply and recieve foodstamps, while people stare at you cuz they don't understand where the smell is from or why you are with this person) but we can cross over RB and that person will be there someday to greet us and they will be whole again, a beautiful smile, their limbs and backs straight, their feet and hands uncurled, and all our furbabies will be rubbing against our legs in greeting, purring loudly, "mewommy, i am so proud"