The end of Charles Smith’s life may have imitated his art.

This is the lead chosen by a Savannah Morning News’ journalist, who is not named for some reason, in this article about the recent shooting of Charles Smith by a police officer.

The lead doesn’t follow your typical inverted pyramid structure. It’s not stating any facts or any new pieces of information but, rather, it’s stating a suggestion.

It’s one sentence that suggests that Charles Smith’s art (his music, specifically a rap video) showed similarities to his death. I believe it is a strong lead because of its simplicity, implied meaning, and ability to have the reader wonder what imitations are there.

As to whether I believe publishing this article so soon after Charles Smith’s death is right…that’s another question.