The loss of any human life is a tragedy. As a Cardiologist I see people die on a fairly regular basis and when it happens it is tragic. It doesn't matter what the circumstances are, I think the loss of any human life is a tragedy.....for someone.
It doesn't matter who they are, what kind of life they have lived or what their occupation is. The fact of the matter is they are people and matter to someone. Whether they are a father, son, sister, uncle, aunt, mother, cop, banker, doctor, murderer, theif, etc etc etc. These people will all leave behind people who loved them and will be devestated at their loss.
To try and say that some peoples death is tragic while others isn't purely based on what they do is insane to me.
True story: I was on call on a weekend and a man was brought in with multiple gunshot wounds. The man was well known in the area as the biggest drug dealer around our parts and had been in jail multiple times. He had killed a couple of people in his past but only was convicted of manslaughter so was out of jail in 4 years.
Myself and the surgeon on call were called in and both of us knew the man personally (we had grown up with him). Over the course of our lives I had grown a degree of distain for this individual because of the paths he had chosen.
When I saw who it was I had one of those moments where one wonders whether the world would potentially be a better place without him in it. In all seriousness, his life was in our hands and no one would have known if we didn't do all we could to save him.
Right then the mans girlfriend and three year old daughter came in the room. The girlfriend was hysterical as was the young daughter (though I think she was just reacting to the mother). It was then that it hit me.....She wouldn't be better off without him. The daughter wouldn't either nor the mother or brothers. It would have been tragic to them.
That night we saved a man that many people probably think the world would be better off without, but to at least a few people, we averted a tragedy whether you would characterize it as one or not.