Monday, December 17, 2012
The Other Victims
My heart hurts over what happened in Connecticut.
All our hearts hurt over what happened in Connecticut.
Looking into the faces of those sweet children, just a few months younger than my own precious nephew, brings tears to my eyes every time their pictures and names appear on a screen.
There is so much to this story that we don't yet know. So much that we may never know. Things like why this happened or who's to blame. We're looking for a reason where logic and reason don't exist. Searching for answers we may never find.
Our thoughts and prayers turn to the families of those children and the brave teachers who gave their lives protecting others. I can't begin to imagine what those families are going through. I wouldn't want to imagine it.
I hope our thoughts and prayers are also finding their way to the Lanza family. Because Ryan and Peter Lanza are suffering just as much and, in some ways, maybe a little more.
We've seen mass shootings too many times. We know the names. Dylan Klebold. Eric Harris. Jared Loughner. James Holmes.
I remember having passing thoughts about what their mothers must be going through, but it wasn't until Friday that I really had serious, conscious thoughts about the horrors that their families must have truly experienced.
Maybe it's because Adam Lanza's older brother was incorrectly named as the suspect hours before the truth came out. Maybe it was seeing the footage of Ryan Lanza, an innocent man, being handcuffed and loaded into the back of a police car and knowing he hadn't done anything. Or maybe it's because Adam murdered his own mother before driving to that elementary school.
I don't know.
But today I'm thinking of the Lanza family. The Holmes family. The Loughners and the Klebolds and the Harrises.
People who have faced taunting and vitriol and death threats, alongside their own grief, for simply having the nerve to be related to killers.
So I'm praying for the families and victims of the Sandy Hook massacre. And that includes Ryan and Peter Lanza.
I hope you will too.
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