Occasionally there's news that just makes you stop, shake your head, and wonder what's wrong with some people. Unfortunately, this is one of those times.
Stillwater PD is reporting that at approximately 5:30 Monday evening an Oklahoma State football player was stabbed near the 1100 block of South Ridge Dr.
The police department didn't release the identity of the victim, but it was later confirmed to be 21-year-old Cameron Hunter.
A driver called 911 after spotting Cameron walking along the road. Cameron told the police that a white male stabbed him, forced him into a hunter green truck, and robbed him. The attacker then dumped Hunter out of the vehicle near the 1300 block of South Walnut St.
Cameron was stabbed in the abdomen and suffered a laceration on his right forearm. He was treated at Stillwater Regional Hospital, but has since been released.
It's incredibly fortunate that this senseless incident didn't end up more tragic, but the seriousness of the situation didn't keep some from taking their shots at the university.
"I came to OSU to play football but all i got was abducted and stabbed" #OSUFBSlogans
— Landthieves (@LandThieves) June 17, 2014
It's not shocking in the Age of Twitter that someone would be so callus for their own amusement. I'm sure there are people out there that don't see what the big deal is. They were just making a joke after all, and LandThieves later said they made sure the victim was okay before sending it out, but therein lies the issue for me.
I don't know anymore regarding Cameron Hunter or the extent of his injuries other than what's in this post, but I do know what it's like to be rushed to the hospital while soaking the passenger seat in blood. I know what it's like to call my mom and dad in the middle of the night and through frightened tears explain that I'd been stabbed, that I don't know if I'm okay, and that I love them. I know what it's like to lay in the hospital bed and hear your parents rush down the hall in a panic to find you. It's been almost 13 years since I was stabbed, but the memories are incredibly fresh.
I was out late one night hanging out with friends like 18 & 19-year-olds often do. I started walking to my car to leave when I was attacked by a friend from behind. There was no fight between us, no argument. He'd just returned from basic training and was blackout drunk. He didn't know what he was doing. My friends reacted quickly, pulled him off of me, and rushed me to the hospital.
I was treated and released the next day with no major injuries. I was also "okay", but really, I wasn't. The mental and emotional trauma caused was far worse than the two scars on my side. For the next couple of years I would freak out a little in my head when someone would bump into me. It was difficult to be comfortable in a crowd, or even a small group. I didn't want to go anywhere if I didn't know everybody. I couldn't explain it. I knew it was irrational, but it took a long time to get over.
I could go into a lot more detail, but that's not what this is about. My point is it's that in a situation like Cameron's you have no idea what he went through or if he's "okay". I know what I went through, and can't even fathom being abducted, robbed & dumped on the side of the road. It doesn't matter to what extent he was physically injured, making clever little jokes is extremely insensitive in that moment.
Our thoughts and well wishes go out to Cameron and his family.
The police have made no arrests. If you have any information please call the Stillwater Police Department's tip line at 405-742-8327.
Hunter is listed as a wide receiver from Denton Guyer High School. Hunter first attended The Air Force Academy, but joined the Cowboys as a walk on, where he found a few familiar faces. DE Jimmy Bean, QB J. W. Walsh, and former WR Josh Stewart also attended Guyer, where John Walsh, J. W.'s father, is the head coach.