His death is a tragedy, but no less a tragedy than the circumstances that led up to it - and continue to do so.
After something as appalling as what happened on Monday, we tend to focus on the immediate to the detriment of everything else.
When we do, our responses become predictable; scapegoats and easy wins, like calling for the reinstitution of corporal punishment.
We are already a violent society; we have been for the last 350 years. We need to address that and the contempt for others that together run through our DNA across class, creed and colour, manifesting themselves in our disgraceful violence against women and children and our scandalous record on sexual assault - without ignoring what often seems like a spiralling murder rate.