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October 18, 2017

10/11/2017 6:26:00 PM
Hints from the South: 59 families
By Robert Maynard
Telegram Columnist

I just saw on the news a group picture, of all 59 people that were brutally, and uselessly murdered in the Las Vegas shooting.  It was disturbing to try to glance at all the pictures in the allotted time, so I hit the pause button and took a longer look.  I know nothing about any of them, except that they obviously liked country music.  When I think of each and every one of them my heart goes out to their families.

My mind instantly returns to 6:31 a.m. Sept. 25, 2013.  I was preparing for work like any normal day and I heard a knock on our door.  When I saw the sheriff cruiser my heart sank.  When the deputy told me they had found our daughter lying in the middle of the street with a 22 bullet in her right temple, I nearly collapsed on our front porch.  I hyper-ventilated for the first time in my life.

 Next came the most difficult thing I have ever had to do. I had to tell my wife and son what had happened.  We entered a foggy haze of reality which lasted for months.  The new normal was not good, but nevertheless it was the "new normal." 

So, as I sit here reflecting on the 59 faces I think of all that suffering, shock and absolute despair that 59 families are going through.  That will put you on your knees praying for relief, I mean where else can you go.  We all hope for some kind of answer that might ease the pain, but that answer is usually ungranted.  

The shooter seems shockingly normal.  No signs of any ties to terrorist groups or anything like that.  I think that in some ways is even more disturbing.  It seems that no one around this shooter had a clue of what he was plotting.  The girlfriend just arrived in the U.S. as I am writing this.  So far, she claims to be totally clueless about anything like this running through the crazy shooter's mind.  I find that hard to believe. 

Please pray for all those involved.  Times like this test the faith of everyone, but somehow in the back of my mind, I find a small sense of relief thinking God is still in control.

God bless you all -- RHM

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