It’s often said that “things come in threes.”

Whether that’s true or not, similar occurrences do sometimes seem to happen in succession in what can easily be perceived as a group. Here in Texas County, we unfortunately appear to be one step away from seeing the “threes” concept fulfilled in 2015 in an extremely undesirable way.

At the beginning of the year, who could possibly have foreseen that two (let alone three) multi-death calamities would take place? But the stunning reality is that so far this year we’ve witnessed a pair of rare tragedies within the county’s borders that have resulted in the loss of 12 lives.

Doug Davison

Doug Davison

Obviously, the two incidents are starkly different in nature, with one stemming from the manifestation of mankind’s darkest traits and the other shedding light on the fact that reliance on mechanized technology is at best always a gamble.

And the Tyrone murders and the Huggins plane crash have both happened before July. It does make one wonder if a third catastrophe is in the offing. And there’s six months-plus left for it to happen.

In a conversation I had the other day with a prominent lawman I know, we both said how the “threes” scenario had gone through our minds last weekend.

“I sure hope there isn’t a third,” he said. “We really don’t need that.”

“Yeah, two’s two too many,” I said.

Another law enforcement officer I know said early this week that Texas County already has had a “tough year.”

“And we’re not even half way through it,” he said

I sent a link to the online version of the article about the plane crash to a friend of mine who lives in Dallas, and is himself a pilot. He was of course well aware of the Tyrone story, too.

He replied to my email with an interesting statement: “Wow, you have big news for a small town.” I mentioned that to the second law officer and he said, “yeah, and it’s definitely not the kind of news we want.”
“No, it’s not,” I said. “We’d just as soon go back to being anonymous.”

Surely, life will go on – Lord willing – and local people will continue with their daily routines. And as always, tragedy won’t be dwelled upon (as it shouldn’t). Instead, amusement and enjoyment will be a big focus and folks will have a good time doing entertaining things like attending this week’s Raymondville Picnic.

But at the same time, it’s apparent (as the early 1900s comedy duo of Oleson and Johnson said) that “anything can happen and probably will” – even in a rural community where one might think otherwise. If there was any doubt about that, the first half of 2015 in Texas County should well have eliminated it.

Here’s to hoping the second half doesn’t help validate that “things come in threes.” At least with regard to incidents that result in multiple fatalities.

Doug Davison is a writer, photographer and newsroom assistant for the Houston Herald.  Email: