Sunday, July 22, 2012
Aurora: A Few Days Later
blog of my thoughts at the moment. Two days later, I thought I might revisit the tragedy.
We now know 70 people were shot, 12 are dead. Senselessly murdered.
Alexander Jonathan Boik
Rebecca Ann Wingo
Gordon W. Cowden
Strangers who never met in life, are forever united in death. Each of these people had a life, a family, a story.
The final chapter of Alex Teves life will reflect he died to save another. The same is true of Jonathan Blunk and Matthew McQuinn. How any of us would react in the face of madness is anyone's guess. These three men made a split second decision which allowed another life to continue...as they lost their own.
No story is more haunting than that of Jessica Ghawi. At the scene of a previous mass shooting last month in Toronto, instinct saved her from being a victim there. As a person who has always lived by "trusting my gut," her death just weeks later by a mass murderer is extremely disturbing. And as someone who has watched too many episodes of "Lost" and "Fringe." it makes me wonder if the timeline of her life was altered in Toronto and corrected in Aurora. Was her fate predetermined? That is something we can never hope to know or understand.
In the days, weeks and months ahead the focus of this tragedy will move from the victims to the alleged killer. For the families and friends of the dead, the horror of this event has only begun.
This Sunday morning, just take a minute to think of those lost. And to remember no one moment in your life is too be squandered.
Life is to be lived.