Unless something changes, this will be my last post about the events in Newtown, CT, but I think it’s important to remember who lost their lives in this tragic event so I am sharing a complete list, with ages, so that each us can take a moment and reflect on what the world has lost.
This article won’t mention the name of the man that killed 26 people in Newtown, Connecticut. I refuse to remember his name. This is not his tragedy. Instead, I will remember the 6 adults and 20 children who lost their lives for no reason whatsoever.
I will remember Dawn Hochsprung, principal of Sandy Hook Elementary. I will remember Victoria Soto, 27, a third year, first grade teacher at Sandy Hook. I will remember Emelie Parker, aged 6, as I think of my own young children and hold back tears of thanks that they don’t have to know such terror or violence. I will remember Jesse Lewis, aged 6, and wonder why his beautiful smile was extinguished so prematurely. I will remember Mary Sherlach, school psychologist. I will remember Ana Marquez-Greene, aged 6, and shake back tears for what the world will have missed at her loss. I will remember Lauren Rousseau, and know that this teacher will be missed. I will miss every single one of these teachers, students, women, and children – those named here and those whose names are yet to come. I will miss them, Not because I knew them or because they touched my life, but because their lives were unfairly cut short by such a senseless act of violence.
I will hug my children that much closer tonight so that they can know that they are safe and loved.
As the country collectively mourns the loss of twenty young children and six adults, we are all looking for answers. I ran across this piece from Angelia Smith and found that it touched me and I wanted to share it with you. Great work, Angelia.