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Horrific news from an Eastern Iowa State Park and campground

During the day, Friday, news started emerging from NE Iowa and Maquoketa Caves State Park. As the story developed, we found out three people were dead, and the person who murdered them was found dead, presumably of suicide.

Cedar Falls residents, 42-year old Tyler Schmidt, 42-year old Sarah Schmidt, and 6-year old LuLu Schmidt were found dead inside their tent, victims of gunshot wounds. The shooter, a Nebraska man, was found dead outside the park, and Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation is still trying to piece together a relationship, if any, between the deceased, and the shooter. They have no idea regarding his motivation, either.

From our news partner, CBS2 Iowa's News Now, "Three Cedar Falls residents were killed at Maquoketa Caves State Park after a shooting Friday morning. 42-year old Tyler Schmidt, 42-year old Sarah Schmidt and 6-year old Lula Schmidt were shot and killed at the campgrounds. Cedar Falls Mayor Rob Green says the couple had a 9-year old son, Arlo, who survived the attack. Sarah Schmidt was an employee at the public library and was working with the mayor on a presentation. The library is closed Saturday to give Sarah's coworkers time to grieve Lula and Arlo attended Lincoln Elementary School and they will be working on a gathering at the school."

I encountered Governor Kim Reynolds' Facebook post regarding the killings, in which she wrote the family have her prayers. One of the comments showed the worst of humanity, and, paraphrasing, it read, "Your prayers are worthless. What are your actions?" I wrote three or four posts and erased them.

Sometimes the world seems like it's spinning out of control, and some people react by lashing out at anyone or anything. Others use tragedy to spout politics. Now isn't the time for either of those. For the now, ignore those trying to drag you into the pit. This is a time for prayers.

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