09
Dec
11

Mourning

Murder suicide.  I almost never heard of murder suicide as a child.  And in my adult life, I hear the phrase time and time again.  We all do.  We eventually become immune to the phrase.  We distance ourselves from the event removing the reality of what occurred.

Then it happens.  Today, a police officer was killed in the line of duty.  A gunman could be loose on the campus.  Time stands still.  A second victim is found.  Four hours later it is determined that the second victim is the shooter.  Suddenly, the victim that was being mourned is forgotten.

It is sad how the media and community moves on.   How the media forgets that there were two that died.  While there are two families that mourn the loss of a loved one, one is revered and one is either despised or forgotten.

Tonight I mourn for two families.  Two mothers lost their sons.  A void that can never be replaced.  I pray that they find peace and that the community is able to move past the shock, fear, and grief that consumes them tonight.

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