I haven’t said anything about the massacre in #Buffalo because I have run out of good words.
Instead, I’m going to #SayTheirNames because each of them was someone important. Beloved to their families and friends and community. They deserve to be remembered. The shooter does not.
Roberta A. Drury – 32
Margus D. Morrison - 52
Andre Mackneil - 53
Aaron Salter - 55
Geraldine Talley - 62
Celestine Chaney - 65
Heyward Patterson - 67
Katherine Massey - 72
Pearl Young - 77
Ruth Whitfield - 86
#SayTheirNames #Buffalo
I can’t stop thinking about the last lady in the list. How much life and change she must have seen.

What an atrocity that her life, their lives, were ended in this way.

When will America be sick of this, sick enough to stop it?
I’m having a hard time seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. And having a hard time getting any emotional distance. I have a pernicious imagination, and I can’t get my head out of the terror they must have felt. And the holes each of their deaths have made in many lives.

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