All this senseless killing needs to stop. We see frequent news reports about these sad but avoidable deaths and it’s easier to swallow by creating a little ‘distance’ feeling like another name is simply added to the statistics. This ‘distance’ often isn’t even intentional. But in that ‘distance’ it’s easy to forget that somewhere a family has lost someone, a son, a brother, a husband or a friend due to senseless acts.

It pains me to be writing this and having a connection to the victim. My heart is heavy at the moment after speaking to his mother on Saturday evening to offer my condolences and support. It was the clearest reminder that this wave of knifing and shooting crimes are more than just stats, real families are being torn apart by these missguided and ugly acts.

There are many things that worth living for, a few things worth dying for and nothing worth killing for.

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