knitnana: 32 Victims...But 33 Families in Mourning...

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Friday, April 20, 2007

32 Victims...But 33 Families in Mourning...

Kim has links on her blog to a story about the VT campus shooter's family.

I know it's hard. But there's another family hurting out there - not just because they lost their son (to his own actions). But this family will live forever with the consequences of their son's actions. How hard that will be...

They are victims, too.

I'm impressed with the VT student, injured in Monday's shootings who, from his hospital bed, told our Governor Tim Kaine that he's already forgiven the shooter.

I know this is hard. I feel how impossible it is in my bones. As Kim says, she's bleeding orange and maroon. Those of us who can claim VT as intellectual home - well, we ALL are bleeding ....

But We ARE Virginia Tech! and we are capable of forgiving this act.

And there is absolutely no excuse for stereotyping anyone, or creating any kind of backlash against anyone. Surely, we've come further than that in our society?

I sincerely hope we'll ALL find a way to come to some measure of peace now....


Anonymous Wendy said...

Very nicely said. I've been thinking about the shooter's family too.

1:22 PM  
Blogger Prayerful Knitter - Shelly said...

I agree, too.

I know the gunman did such horrendous things, but I also immagine what twisted thoughts he must have been living with and tortured by for a long time (from all reports). Even though his acts were beyond hideous, I also feel his life was tragic, at least as it was interpreted in his mind.

I'm sure his family is horrified by his actions and grieving his loss, too.

It really makes me wonder what happened to their child that caused him to ultimately make these decisions and take these horrible actions.

I continue to pray for the families and friends of the victims. The stories of fear and heroics in final moments breaks my heart. And of course, I pray for everyone touched by this and hope they find some comfort and healing amidst the pain....including (((you))).

Yesterday was the 12th year since the Oklahoma City Murrah Federal Building bombing. Our city had a memorial gathering with speakers, survivors, and families and friends of the lost. Many spoke words of comfort to all those touched by the senseless Virginia Tech tragedy. We understand the senselessness, outrage, grief and loss.

We can only hope and pray that those bent on acts of such destruction will be noticed and effectively stopped, and their hearts permanently changed.

8:41 PM  

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