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Saturday, January 31, 2009

A very sad day

Yesterday, shortly after I left my husband's work from bringing him lunch, he called me with some very disturbing news.

The woman he sits next to at work had just received a phone call from her ex-boyfriend. It was her birthday, and he said he had something for her out in the parking lot. (the building is key-coded, so he wouldn't have been able to come in on his own.)

She was reluctant to go out, but ended up doing it anyway.

When she got out there, he shot her in the head, killing her, and then himself.

In a situation such as this, you just cannot make sense of something so devastating. She left behind 2 kids- 13 and 10. She was a very good woman, always looking on the bright side of things. She will be dearly missed.

It seems impossible to me that someone can go through the thought process it takes to load the gun, put it in your car, drive to the destination, call the person up on the phone, then shoot them dead. Knowing she has 2 kids- how could he do this? He wasn't even her husband- just an ex boyfriend! How could someone be so selfish????

It hurts so bad to think how many people's lives will be forever altered because of this freak's decision to end Kim's life. I hurt for her family, for her kids, for her co-workers who witnessed the tragedy, for her friends. I hurt for his parents and family who have to live life knowing their son or brother did this attrocious act.

I just have to know that Heavenly Father knows the needs of all involved, and will put his loving arms around those children, those parents, everyone who needs comforting. Kim no longer has to worry about the stresses of being a single parent.

It makes me feel a little more respectful of other's lives, and what people are going through. It makes me want to make sure I am really listening when someone needs a listening ear. It makes me look at strangers and wonder what I can do for them. I guess this is something good that can come from such a tragedy.


Ryan and Shannan Hoffman said...

I, too, was shocked by this. I was working at home, fortunately, but I can't imagine what it must have been like at the office. I hope Merritt is okay. Would you please give him a hug for me?

heather said...

Wow! My mom had told me when she read the obituary about this because it was so close to you all in location, she is crying along with you and Merritt. So sad...