"Mother forgives son held in slaying," said the headline on a Metro cover story in The Dallas Morning News on Monday.
That title certainly raised my GetReligion antenna.
However, I was skeptical I'd find deep religion content in this police beat report, which appears online on the newspaper's Crime Blog:
Joyce Richardson turned the key and opened the door of Apartment 1705, as she did every day.
This time, though, her son and stepdaughter weren’t there. The night before, violence erupted. Now, one sat in jail; the other lay dead in the morgue.
Inside, Richardson closed the door. She noticed the silence. And the blood. Blood on the walls. Blood on the old brown couch and TV.
Bottles of alcohol. The bags of groceries she had brought a day earlier, still on the kitchen counter.
No religion there. But I kept reading. The very next paragraph:
She sat, prayed and cried.