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 Candles and Tears

By this past Monday evening, the quiet campus community of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg Virginia was reeling from the events which transpired just hours earlier. Twice that morning, gunfire rang out to create what has become the worst mass shooting in US history. By Tuesday morning, television anchors, reporters and crews were stationed all across the campus, at times interviewing each other.

Tuesday afternoon, the President and Mrs. Bush arrived to share services at the university and blame and finger-pointing will be filling the airwaves for months to come. Yet, as the immediacy of the pain, grief and shock slowly passes from our collective consciousness, the pain of the families who have lost loved ones will remain. Our condolences go out to these family members as we grieve their losses with them.  Our hearts also go out to those family members of the wounded who are dealing with the sudden changes in their lives and the lives of their children who were hurt in this horrific act.

Nobody knows better than a family caregiver about the things that can happen in the blink of an eye to change our expectations about our own lives and the promise of our loved ones future. This is never as painful as when it happens during inexplicable acts of terror and to our young.  In a brutal coincidence, Friday we remember the victims of the Columbine massacre which occurred on April 20th, 1999.


Gary Barg

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