On April 3, 2009, a gunman burst into an adult education classroom at the American Civic Association, blocks from where I work in downtown Binghamton, New York. Within minutes, 14 people (including the gunman) were dead.
My first blog post, April 10, 2009, was taken from an email I sent to some friends after receiving phone calls and emails asking if I was all right. It wasn't quite an eye witness report, but you can, if you want, call it the impressions of someone on the fringe of a tragic event.
Through the months and years, I've blogged about the aftermath of the shooting a number of times. I didn't know any of the dead personally, although a friend knows a woman who would have worked there that day except she had taken the day off. (Bobbie King, below, subbed for her.) In some way, it changed the lives of everyone living or working in Binghamton Additionally, for me, it was the triggering event for starting my blog.
Those who died that day (I refuse to call them "victims") came from all over the world. Here are some of the monuments to the dead.
Marc Bernard and his wife came from Haiti to seek a better life here in Binghamton.
two orphaned children and I wonder what they are doing now, as they grow into adulthood.
Dolores Yigal came from the Philippines.
Maria Zobniw came here as young child from the Ukraine.
|Each of the dead has a soaring bird as a symbol|
|Where it happened|
Tomorrow is C day on the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. Please join me again as I blog about "Days of our Lives".