Russell and Bastianelli tragedy hits home

The news today that former Raider Darrell Russell and ex-De La Salle quarterback Mike Bastianelli were killed in an auto accident today in Los Angeles stunned us here at the Times. It was the latest in a number of tragedies to hit both the Raiders and De La Salle sports in recent years. It’s a reminder of how the lives of young athletes sometimes can come to sudden and unfortunate ends.