The Amazing Things We Learn About Fellow Human Beings Following a Tragedy

By Edward M. Bury, APR (aka The PRDude)

The fatal shootings in San Bernadino last week still dominate news three days after the horror.  And, I trust this most recent tragedy driven by some combination of madness and hatred, delivered by gunfire against innocents, will will have “legs,” to use journalism jargon.

As expected, we learned about the man and woman authorities say murdered 14 people and wounded many more.  We learned about the their travels and their backgrounds, we heard reports from their relatives and friends.

We learned more about how they obtained weapons and ammunition and what’s proposed and debated about ways to keep this type of slaughter from happening again.

And, we learned about those 14 men and women who were fatally shot at the Inland Regional Center:

  • A new father planning to take his 20-month old daughter to Dinseyland. He was 40.
  • A 27-year-old woman who enjoyed hip hop dance classes. She was remembered as being outgoing.
  • A man who dressed up as Santa Claus during the holidays. He was 58 and married to his high school sweetheart.
  • A man, 37, who coached boys’ and girls’ soccer teams. He was a native of San Bernadino.
  • A woman who was planning to get married in 2017. She was 31 and was born in Vietnam.

The nine others who were killed also will be remembered for the simple but amazing things that happened in their lives and for the amazing things they did every day that touched the people around them.

The information noted about on the shooting victims appeared in today’s edition of the Chicago Tribune.  I’m sure there’s more information available about these men and women, these people gunned down on a day when they just wanted to continue living their quiet lives.

I know enough about the man and woman at the center of this senseless massacre.  I think we owe it to the survivors and to good people everywhere to learn more about these 14 victims.

The President is about to speak about the San Bernadino shootings.  I hope he pays homage to the 14 murdered, those wounded and their families — fellow Americans.