I'm Sorry...I'm So Sorry....

...but I can't stop laughing about Jamie Rohrs:
It is usually not my style to meddle in other people’s relationships, but I’ve got to join the chorus of those advising — in internet comment sections, duh — Patricia Lagarreta not to marry Jamie Rohrs. Legarreta, Rohrs, and their two kids were among those at the midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises” in Aurora, Colorado last week (don’t even get me started on bringing kids to a late-night showing of an ultra-violent movie); when James Holmes entered the theater, set off tear gas bombs and began shooting people in the crowd, Rohrs and Legarreta became separated. They were later reunited at the hospital, where Rohrs dropped to one knee and asked Legarreta to marry him. Normally I would be like, “Aww, after facing death, they decided to make the most of life!” but no. See, after Rohrs was separated from Legarreta, her four-year-old daughter, and their four-month-old son, he managed to get out the theater. And then he went to his car. And then he drove off. Legarreta and her kids, meanwhile, barely escaped harm thanks to the heroic actions of a total stranger, Jarell Brooks, 19, who shielded her and took a bullet in the leg in the process. Legarretta’s leg was hit with schrapnel but she and the children were otherwise unharmed. No thanks to Rohrs, mind you.

Look, it’s not that I expect a dude, simply by virtue of being a man, to play hero in what is an insane situation. The theater was smoky, there was chaos, everyone is just trying to get out alive. I imagine the details of what exactly happened in that theater are blurry to many who were there; Rohrs apparently initially had his infant son in his arms but set him down in one of the rows to keep him shielded from bullets flying overhead. Then, somehow, he got separated from the baby, which I take to mean Rohr left him because a baby who can’t walk can’t do the leaving. Hell, maybe Rohrs thought that tucking his son under a seat was his best chance for survival. Who knows what the logic is in this situation, shit is illogical. People went to see a goddamn superhero movie and ended up fighting for their lives.

But what in the hell was Rohrs thinking when he left the theater and got in his car and drove off?! I cannot comprehend this. He knew his infant son was in there, not to mention his girlfriend and her young daughter. How is he going to help them from behind the wheel of his car, speeding in the other direction? The thing is, I suspect he wasn’t thinking and was operating under some sense of self-preservation. Meanwhile, Legarretta was shielding her four-year-old daughter from gunfire and finding her infant son on the floor of the theater so she could get him out safely too. Legerratta was operating under her own instinct — to protect her children — and while Rohrs’ confusion and actions can certainly be explained by the utter insanity of the situation, it stands in stark contrast to her actions and that, I’m afraid, is just something I imagine these two can’t get over just like that. I mean, can you imagine their next fight? “Babe, stop nagging me to do the dishes!” “Do I need to remind you about the time you left me and the kids in a theater with a mad man?” Or what about their vows? “In sickness and in health, but not when our lives are on the line”?

It’s not that Rohrs is a bad guy. That is not what I’m arguing. But this situation did illuminate something about his instincts that both he and his fiancee should take a hard look at before they walk down the aisle. Maybe they will be able to get through this awful situation together and she won’t hold this against him and he won’t hold it against himself. But that, let’s face it, is going to take some time. A proposal of marriage born out of guilt is not going to do it
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Hell, I hope they get married! If they do, we'll have the Patricia Lagarreta Award.

No need explaining what that particular award would entail.

Comments

  1. Leo Princess7/30/12, 8:07 PM

    There is no way in hell I'd be going on live TV, saying how I took off like a bat out of hell and left my Dude and babies behind. Not me. Not even on judgement day would I own up to that. Mm-mm.

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  2. There was a Grey's Anatomy episode where a mad gunman got to blasting in the hospital and a man abandoned his fiancee (played by the beautiful Sydnee Poitier), TWICE!!!!

    Did Grey's teach you all nothing.

    *smdh*

    white folks.

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  3. “In sickness and in health, but not when our lives are on the line”?

    LOL!!

    I couldn't marry him after that. I just couldn't ...

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  4. She's going to marry him. Calling it now.

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    1. And the Patricia Lagarretta Award goes too....

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  5. I can't comprehend why she would marry a man who would ditch her faster than an Olympic runner seeing a naked picture of Barbara Bush. She must've been traumatized too much to think logically. Either that or she is slow as hell.

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    1. Leo Princess7/31/12, 6:45 PM

      "faster than an Olympic runner seeing a naked picture of Barbara Bush"

      *fights the chuckles* Brotha Wolf, you know you're dead-ass wrong for that.

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    2. Ooooh...now that is cold, Brotha but you speak the truth about Lagretta.She really isn't the brightest bulb on the tree..lol.

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    3. LOL! Hahahaha!!!! LOL!!!! Thanks, I needed that this morning!

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    4. Oh my goodness, I almost spit out water all over my computer when I read that...so wrong but he's not lying.

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    5. BrothaWolf...I didn't even know you had it in you.

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  6. I was just saying the same thing to my friends! How can you marry a man that abandoned you and your children?? Not just left the building but drove the fuck off??? Never, never in a million years!!! Honey chile he been and done shown you his true colours! Take the gargantuan neon hint and BOUNCE!!!

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  7. Lifecoaster7/31/12, 3:15 AM

    Smmfh. It's called self-respect people. I would never leave my future man and/or kids to be shot up. And why the hell were these babies at a midnight show of a pg-13 movie? Both of them need a couple of whacks from the hammers of common ass sense and decency.

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  8. Honestly,I don't know how I would react if I was put in that position. I cannot see myself just driving away from my family like that. Rohr should be embarrassed that another man was there for his family.She's a big fool for wanting to marry such a coward.

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  9. Oh, and did everyone catch the fact that the good samaritan who shielded this lady and took a bullet in the leg for his trouble is a black teenager?

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    1. Emphasis on the word "teenager." A kid. A friggin' kid saw a woman he didn't know with her two young kids, and his very first instinct was to protect them.

      A kid did that. *smdh*

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    2. I've seen him and I'm quite sure his folks are beyond proud of him for his actions.I know I am.Now he is what I call a true superhero while that man she calls fiance is such a super chicken. I wouldn't be surprised if Lagretta's folks are telling her to dump him?I would.

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    3. He better than me. Cause I would have turned into Sonic the Hedgehog and set an all-time speed record. But bless his heart. He ain't gonna get no props tho.

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    4. What makes me made is that the hero in the situation (a young black male) got less interviews than the bumbling fool who dropped his baby and drove off.

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    5. I've been thinking the same thing since I first saw the separate stories and put two and two together. All of the news reports are doing separate stories on the engaged couple and only a few are covering the teen that saved her and her children. That man abandoned his child and drove off. I can only assume it is a preview of his parenting skills. Like those guys at baseball games that drop their babies to catch home runs.

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