A couple of years ago I took the above photo at the Orlando Health/Amtrak station as it was undergoing renovations. It’s less than a mile from the Orlando nightclub where early Sunday morning occurred the now largest mass shooting in U.S. History.
And four miles away from the night club is where singer Christina Grimmie was shot and killed late Friday night after performing at The Plaza Live. Two very sad and tragic events in my hometown. Events that will impact friends, family, and the community for a lifetime.
For the United States as a whole, the night club shooting is another post 9/11 reminder that this is the world we live in, and this is our great battle. There are no easy answers, but I do pray for a peace that surpasses all understanding.
At the college where I’m a multimedia producer these are the names of seven students who were killed:
- Amanda Alvear
- Oscar A. Arancena-Montero
- Cory James Connell
- Mercedez Marisol Flores
- Juan Ramon Guerrero
- Jason Benjamin Josaphat
- Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo
And while everyone has a different way of dealing with this kind of tragedy, I’m going to take a week off from blogging and weep with those who weep, and mourn for those who mourn.