This is a pretty good article that shows some of the devastating after effects of a murder that happened in a rural community. The pain and nightmares for the entire community can go on for a long, long time. "Seven months later, the gunshots still echo. " I think we often forget this as we tend to think it all ends when the shooting stops. Even experienced police can have nightmares long after an incident.
"family members accosted in their home by a stranger in the middle of the night. The randomness and brutality horrified the community."
Some residents applied for carry permits. "In the two months after the killings, 63 people in Waseca County walked up the concrete steps of the old brick-and-limestone courthouse to fill out applications for gun permits -- more than half of the number you'd see in a typical year." A good choice if you ask me.