Sandy Hook Elementary School…in our prayers
By Stephanie Burke
By now we have all heard of the unspeakable tragedy that took place at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. We have heard the names of the victims and heard details of the monster who took the lives of 26 people. But the questions still remain, how and why?
I just can’t fathom how something like this could happen. These innocent children woke up, probably excited about the holidays and couldn’t wait to go to school and talk to their friends. These parents trusted that their children would be safe and their innocence kept while they went off to learn. I can’t imagine the horror those parents felt when they got that phone call. I can’t imagine how scared those children must have been as they watched in horror what was going on. Did they even realize such evil existed in this world?
I hate to say it but it seems like every week there is a tragedy. A shooting at a mall, a shooting at a movie theatre, a shooting at a school…the tragedies keep piling up. It makes me wonder what as a society are we doing wrong! Lets face it evil is evil but 20 years ago public shootings were not the common place. Something must have changed. We have to be doing something wrong. I think it is up to us as a nation to pull together, figure it out and fix it. Immediately people started blaming gun control and mental illness, bottom line is that these things have always existed in society and public shootings were not common place!
Since the tragedy, Facebook, Twitter and the internet has been inundated with stories of heroism that took place in those final moments. We have heard from some of the victims’ families and heard about some of these amazing children and adults that were taken from us all too early. The reality is no matter how many vigils we hold or how much we say we will never forget we will never comfort those who have lost something so special. No amount of news coverage can truly express the over whelming sadness that is felt by anyone who hears of this horrendous act. I know personally that every time I start to watch the news coverage I cry uncontrollably. The lives of everyone changed that day, especially those children who lived, the first responders, as well as the families who had a child taken from them. Innocence was lost and the horrors of evil reared its ugly head in what is supposed to be a magical time of year. My heartfelt condolences to those families who lost a loved one and the entire community of Newtown, we are all praying for you. I can only hope that we as a nation find a way to make sure this never happens again.
Below is a listing of the names and birthdate of the victims. Please keep their families in your prayers:
Charlotte Bacon, Feb. 22, 2006
Daniel Barden, Sept. 25, 2005
Rachel Davino, July 17, 1983
Olivia Engel, July 18, 2006
Josephine Gay, Dec. 11, 2005
Ana M. Marquez-Greene, April 4, 2006
Dylan Hockley, March 8, 2006
Dawn Hochsprung, June 28, 1965
Madeleine F. Hsu, July 10, 2006
Catherine V. Hubbard, June 8, 2006
Chase Kowalski, Oct. 31, 2005
Jesse Lewis, June 30, 2006
James Mattioli, March 22, 2006
Grace McDonnell, Nov. 4, 2005
Anne Marie Murphy, July 25, 1960
Emilie Parker, May 12, 2006
Jack Pinto, May 6, 2006
Noah Pozner, Nov. 20, 2006
Caroline Previdi, Sept. 7, 2006
Jessica Rekos, May 10, 2006
Avielle Richman, Oct. 17, 2006
Lauren Rousseau, June of 1982
Mary Sherlach, Feb. 11, 1956
Victoria Soto, Nov. 4, 1985
Benjamin Wheeler, Sept. 12, 2006
Allison N. Wyatt, July 3, 2006