What can you say when tragedy hits others?
I can say that I'm sorry for the victims, and that my deepest sympathies are with them and their families. These things are true, but it probably doesn't mean much when there was and is so much suffering, my personal feelings seem so small when the tragedy is so great. If you were there, or know someone who was there, or were in any way touched by this, I am sorry. I wish that there was a way for me to personally reach out and hug you, or in some way make this better for you. But I have and will continue to pray that God be there for each and every one of you. I know that some of you are still in the dark as to the status of your loved ones, and I can't for one second imagine what that's like, but I hope and pray that your worry is put to rest. I have never met you and yet my heart is breaking for you. If there is anything that I can do, please feel free to contact me.
I can also say that it heightens my appreciation for police officers, emergency medical technicians, and hospital staff who were there to help with the people involved. Not including detectives (around 50), there were between 150 and 200 police officers who were working this scene, and there are still officers investigating now. Because there are only so many ambulances, and they can only do so much, some of these police officers actually transported the injured in their vehicles. I believe the many injured parties were transported to six hospitals in that area.
I want to let you know, one thing that I saw on the news, in case you're not aware, if you're in Aurora, and feel a need or want to utilize this, the Aurora Mental Health Center is going to be open 24 hours daily through the weekend, and their number is 303-617-2300
I am also amazed at the stories that I'm hearing about the civilians and their heroic acts toward other people in the theater. It sounds as though perhaps one news station I watched was correct when they said that this event showed "one man at his worst, but many others at their best". Again, I admire the strength of the officers, but civilians as well.
What's going through my mind as I'm hearing all of this? I am thinking of all of these people who were just going to the movies! Couples, families, friends, etc were just going to what's supposed to be a fun and safe activity! It breaks my heart, whenever something like this happens, it automatically makes me thing about numerous things. The fact that, as I wrote about before, there were so many innocent people, who were just blindsided by this ruthless, and seemingly senseless attack. Those innocent people had families. That movie theater is only miles from Columbine, my heart also hurts for those possibly reopened wounds. I wonder what happened to the shooter. Why. I just wonder why.
I just want to close this out, by saying, first of all, this probably will not be my last post on this subject. I want to state one more time, that if there is anything that I can do, for anyone, please let me know. The message option on my Facebook page is available, or you can email me.
I have gotten the information that I shared from a few news media outlets.
My prayers are with you all.
Disclaimer: The information shared in this post was heard and read on a few different news medias. My opinions as always are my own. This post may contain affiliate links.