I’ve been thinking a lot about last week’s home invasion and brutal attack on a fellow Mount Shasta citizen.

I was talking to one of my friends today, and they said something that really resonated with me.

“When something like this happens to one of us, it happens to us all,” they said of the close-knit Mount Shasta community.

I believe my friend is right. We are all worried about the victim, and we all want to do something to help, even if it’s let them know they’re not alone and that we care.

This incident has truly shaken the community to its core. No, we’re not immune to crime, but one of this nature and magnitude is rare, and many of us are outraged and heartbroken that something like this could happen in our own backyard.

I know this incident has changed my daily routine and how safe I feel in my own home. Gone are the days of leaving my front door unlocked and my car windows rolled down after I go to bed.

I know many people who are buying or learning how to shoot a gun. Others are investing in alarm systems.

Others are racking their brains, looking at composite sketches of the perpetrators and searching for these guys so they can’t hurt anyone else.

Still others are joining prayer circles and praying for the victim’s healing and recovery.

If there’s one thing I love about this community, it’s our ability to band together and help one another in times of crisis. Every so often, something happens that opens our eyes and unites us in a common goal. I believe this is one of those times.

When something like this happens to one of us, it truly does happen to us all.