On Dec. 23 we lost a genuine great guy, Bill Schnittman. He was gunned down in his girlfriend's home by her ex-husband. Bill had tried to get a protective order from the police; he was denied. Since March of this year, police had been called to the girlfriend's house 26 times on various complaints and her ex had been involved in a high-speed pursuit with police back in November. He was arrested on suspicion of DUI.
How is the system so broken that this tragic event happened? How has society not figured out who the bad people are after so many warning signals? Oklahoma City needs to check itself and make a push to change. It's had its facelift (MAPS 3, Project 180, etc.) and it seems to be better, but after this event and another senseless shooting that happened after the Thunder game last season that closed Thunder Alley, it seems that underneath, problems still exist.
Bill was training hard at the Devon Boathouse with the ambition to make a national team; he also was an avid cyclist. He wanted and tried to make Oklahoma City a better place; he did what was best for other people and smiled no matter the situation. We will miss you, Bill, and will always remember you.
Justin Stangel, Oklahoma City
Schnittman, 25, was killed by Darrell Kurt Wilson, who led police on a chase and then killed himself.