EDITOR'S DESK: Let's find the Mayberry within Crestview

Published: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 11:35 AM.

And today, we mourn the loss of Samuel Cornish, a 35-year-old found lying on the shoulder of South Ferdon Boulevard on Saturday with a stab wound to his chest, police said.

Cornish was walking along the roadway just north of Duggan Avenue before collapsing from his injuries, witnesses said. He died shortly after being taken to North Okaloosa Medical Center.

Whether it's the kidnapping, the missile incident or Cornish's death, it's distressing.

In smaller cities, we expect less crime. Fortunately, that seems to be the case in Crestview compared to larger metropolitan areas. But we as residents become particularly concerned when murder occurs.

Some Facebook fans immediately expressed that they were stunned by the kidnapping and fatal stabbing, and called others to respect each other more.

One woman said, "This is the real world, not Mayberry" and it's important to determine the best way to protect loved ones from harm.

Both sentiments have merit, but I would challenge the statement that this is not Mayberry.

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