A couple from Washington D.C., Jay Austin and Lauren Anne Geoghegan, are the latest American victims of brutal ISIS murder after trying to prove to the world that human beings are not evil, they simply share a difference in value.
The story starts with Austin and Geoghegan, both 29, that met and graduated from Georgetown University, Washington D.C. Both recently quit their day jobs in order to cycle around the world. Notably, Austin, a vegan worked at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, while his partner, Geoghegan, a vegetarian, worked out of the admission offices at Georgetown University.
Geoghegan was a regular traveller. She had previously learned Arabic, being educated in Beirut, Lebanon over the course of a summer, additionally, spending a semester abroad in Madrid to polish up her Spanish skills.
The New York Times reported that Geoghegan’s passion for bicycling and travelling the world truly started to flourish with the influence of her partner, Austin, who was already passionately into travelling, having gone across the United States on a scooter, and flying to travel across Europe and Namibia. A close friend to Geogehan, Amanda Kerrigan, claims that Austin had really changed the trajectory of Geoghegan life, persuading her to modify her diet and develop a much deeper affection for cycling. Kerrigan further goes on to state that due to Austin’s influence on Geoghegan, Geoghegan was no longer the same person that Kerrigan once knew.
The two left behind their livelihoods in the States and began to travel the world. The joint blog the couple shares: Simply Cycling, features a quote by Austin that was written while travelling with Geogehan through Morocco and Spain:
“I don’t buy it. Evil is a make-believe concept we’ve invented to deal with the complexities of fellow humans holding values and beliefs and perspectives different than our own—it’s easier to dismiss an opinion as abhorrent than strive to understand it.”
Both Geoghegan and Austin travelled a significant amount of time, finding new adventures along their journeys and, ultimately, wound up in the wrong place at the wrong time, especially in consideration of the fact that they made their way towards ISIS territory.
The American Embassy in Tajikistan confirms that as the couple made their way towards Tajikistan’s southern border with Afghanistan, following along another adventure with fellow travellers, ISIS sympathizers spotted them, crashed a vehicle into them and then stabbed them to death. ISIS released the video of the attack, praising it, and claiming that it was directed by the terrorist organization.
This ominous world is truly dark, and whether or not evil is something we choose to believe in, the horror that occurred in what is read above is indisputably an act of pure evil and malicious intention. For more daily content stick with us here at The Post Millennial, or e-mail us with questions and concerns at [email protected]