This whole situation is so incredibly sad. A kid performed a stupid, thoughtless act (reminding this old geezer that being young was not always carefree and easy), but now a man is DEAD. I hope forgiveness will come at some point, but it's too early for Dave's loved ones to even consider, I'm sure.
The perpetrator's life is never going to be the same, no matter what charges he gets convicted on. That doesn't dismiss what he's done or alleviate the pain he's caused. He will suffer, though, and no doubt that suffering and deep remorse is well underway in the boy's soul.
I would like to ask why ample enforcement of illegal fireworks wasn't in place to begin with. People are setting off illegal fireworks in the middle of a street?
What a waste of taxpayer dollars it was to spend so much money on public service warnings about harmful and illegal fireworks in Mass., when we could have stepped up neighborhood patrols for the holiday. That said, the greatest abusers I've observed happen to be public safety professionals themselves.
Having lived in Springfield too long, got to observe many holiday festivies in the delightful City of Homes. One year, I saw a bottle rocket being sent up by a couple of cops at a party across the street from me. It landed on a neighbor's roof and started a small fire. How ironic it was that the neighbor was a prominent Springfield attorney? Didn't hear too much about that incident afterward, so I imagine something was "worked out" (and quietly). Hmmm.
Cops and certain elected/appointed officials continue to throw the "best" parties in the City, and no doubt outlying communities as well, which I turn down invitations to every summer.
Let this be a wakeup call that prevents further tragedy in years to come. That's the only way to redeem an otherwise unholy, miserable situation. God help us all.