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Kelly's Blog: Covering Violence

10:33 PM, Oct 14, 2013   |    comments
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I get to cover something different every day, and that's one of the reasons why I enjoy what I do. But, that also means that inevitably I have to cover something sad or violent. Last week, I had to cover one of those stories. Joe Hollywood set his Town of Tonawanda home on fire last week and threatened to shoot his girlfriend. She escaped, but he died. Investigators found his body in his home with a long gun and an oxygen tank and think he was ready to shoot at police officers or firefighters if they tried to get to him inside the home. As people got home from work, they flocked to Hollywood's home to see what was left. Some were just curious because they saw the story on the news. Others knew Hollywood personally. Many told me off camera that they feared something like this would happen for a while. They felt he was a risk to himself and others, but felt like they couldn't do anything to help. As they shared their memories of Hollywood with me, I wondered if there is anything that can be done to help someone in his position. We don't know if he had been offered or had received help in the past, and that is/was his private business. But, his choices and decisions impacted the lives of all of the first responders and the people in his neighborhood last week when he set fire to his home.

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