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Names worth remembering UPDATED

Yesterday, our nation was attacked.  A raving nutcase walked into a political event and shot 20 people, killing six of them. Gabrielle Giffords, a United States Congresswoman, was the apparent target of the killer was shot in the head and is in critical condition.

That hurts to type.

There has been lots of mostly wrong speculation about the political ideology of the murderer.  Let me clear it up for you.  He is crazy and evil and fueled by hate.  The details are just that, details.  Trying to tie his crazy to the ideology of a peaceful person is foolish and wrong (even if they use harsh language, like say “If they bring a knife, you bring a gun”–President Obama or “Don’t retreat, reload” Governor Palin.)

We’re going to hear a lot about the raving nutcase, but I hope never to mention his name on this blog.

These are the names we should remember:

John Roll, 63, chief federal district court judge for Arizona. He was a husband, a father, and a grandfather who stopped by the Congresswoman’s event to pay his respects after attending Mass.

Gabriel Zimmerman, 30, Giffords’ director of community outreach was recently engaged.

Dorwin Stoddard, 76, a pastor at Mountain Avenue Church of Christ shielded his wife Mavy from the shooter. Mrs. Stoddard was shot three times in the legs.

Christina Green, 9, a student at Mesa Verde Elementary School.  She had just been elected to her school’s student council, which is why she was at the event.

Dorothy Morris, 76
Phyllis Scheck, 79

I can’t find any information on Ms. Morris and Ms. Scheck, yet. But they were someone’s neighbors, someone’s friends.  Perhaps wives, mothers, and grandmothers.  They were my fellow citizens. They were Americans and their deaths hurt me.

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I know my country. I am confident that we will hear of more admirable people doing admirable things in relation to this horror.  Learn their names.  Tell people about them.  Remember them.

From the Wall Street Journal, more on the victims.

Mrs. Schenk was a homemaker who retired to Arizona from New Jersey. She lost her husband four years ago and leaves behind three children, seven grandchildren, and one great grandchild.

Mrs. Morris was at the event with her husband George, who was also shot and still in the hospital. She has two daughters and was a grandmother. She and her husband were high school sweethearts who traveled the country in a motor home until retiring to build their dream home in the mountains.

Mr. Morris and Mrs. Stoddard, two people who were shot and who lost their spouses, weigh heavily on my heart. I’m praying for all the families, but sending extra prayers for them.

2 responses to “Names worth remembering UPDATED”

  1. William Avatar

    this is, so far, one of the best posts written about this tragedy that I have read.

  2. April Avatar

    Thank you. That's very kind. Praying for our country and our fellow citizens.

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