That’s all that’s in the “About Me” section of Mike Kennedy’s MySpace profile. Kennedy’s better known as the 18-year-old who shot and killed a police officer in Fairfax County, Virginia Monday, wounding two other officers before being killed himself.
There are hundreds of comments on the page now, from Kennedy’s various friends, wondering why, asking themselves whether they could have done more, missing their friend. I’ve made this point before, but these kind of things really are in their own way the kind of storytelling personal media has made possible. A decade ago, Mike Kennedy might have been all but anonymous, an enigmatic figure who emerged for a gunbattle with police then left, leaving everyone else wondering why. In his MySpace profile, we have some answers — not necessarily to the question of why he did what he did (and is that ever truly answerable?) but at least to who he was.