Yesterday the valley where I live experienced an unspeakable tragedy. Two of our beloved journalists were gunned down on live television: Alison Parker and Adam Ward. Our community is heartbroken.
Vicki Gardner, the person being interviewed by Parker, was seriously injured. She is a member of one of our local parishes.
Yesterday’s heartbreak also called to mind what happened in our area eight years ago when a gunman went on a rampage at Virginia Tech and killed 32 persons and wounded 17.
I do not have adequate words at this time, I’m not sure I ever will. But if I could ask one thing of our readers – the one thing that St. Monica asked of her son, St. Augustine, while dying:
That you remember those who have died as a result of this horrible violence, especially Alison and Adam, their families, friends, colleagues, Vicki Gardner, and the Roanoke Valley at the altar of the Lord, wherever you may be.
St. Monica, pray for us.