Of all the senseless tragedies in recent days, the death of Laura Ann Carleton stands out. Lauri Carleton was murdered Aug. 18, 2023 by a lone gunman who confronted her about the LBGTQ+ flag she displayed
in front of her store in Cedar Glen, Calif. She was not a member of the LBGTQ+ community, but planted her Pride flag proudly in support of others. Her killer had previously posted hateful messages about that LBGTQ+ community and had disparaged her Pride flag just
before shooting her dead. The needlessness of her killing for simply standing in support of others is horrific.