“Perhaps home is not a place but simply an irrevocable condition.”
― James Baldwin,
When Gwinnett County booking photos of brothers Christopher and Cameron Ervin, 22 and 17, respectively, began to pop up in my social media newsfeeds, with captions explaining how they had attempted to kill their parents on Saturday, I walked away from every electronic device I own for several hours. That story was my breaking point. Yes, the woman who loves gathering information, who loves observation, who is subscribed to “Breaking News” alerts for over 70 cities throughout the U.S. and abroad, who loves combining those efforts and analyzing the hell out of them, has a breaking point.
I don’t know what drove these young men, who were described as “very nice kids” by the family’s next door neighbor Clinton Miller during his interview with 11 Alive, to such a vile act of terror against the people responsible for their very existence. The police don’t seem to know either, based on this statement from Sgt. Rich Long with Gwinnett County Police: “We’re still investigating motive,” Sgt. Long said. “They have been interviewed, they have been cooperative. Yet confirmation of what their motive is, is still a mystery to us.”
Perhaps the boys themselves don’t know.
As the facts of the case are being assembled, the brothers are being held in isolation at Gwinnett County jail on charges of aggravated assault and arson.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Sept. 11.