Without a doubt, many Texas residents are struggling to know how they ought to feel after hearing the news that a 21-year-old suspected drunk driver was shot to death shortly after crashing into and killing two young brothers.

Authorities believe that the two young brothers were helping their father push their pickup, which had run out of gas, down a "dark, narrow" road on the outskirts of Houston when they were struck by the 21-year-old man.

A 12-year-old boy died at the scene and his brother, 11, later died in a hospital. The boy's father was also injured. Their mother, who was in the truck at the time of the accident, was unharmed.

Police said the 21-year-old, who evidently had been drinking before the crash, was shot in the head at the scene.

Authorities have not recovered the weapon used to kill the man and they have no "formal suspects" in custody. They have classified the man's death as a homicide.

In our eyes, the 21-year-old man's murder compounds what is already a terrible tragedy. Grief and despair are completely natural and understandable feelings in the wake of an incident as terrible as the death of two young boys, but most of us would agree that taking another human life will offer no resolution.

If the man was indeed drunk, he made a terrible mistake -- a mistake for which he must to be punished. Here in the U.S., though, we live under the rule of law and we must let the judicial process take its course. Vigilantism is not something we can endorse.

Source: The Daily Mail, "Mystery as drunk driver who killed two brothers, 11 and 12, is gunned down at the scene just moments after fatal crash," Dec. 13, 2012