On NPR’s All Things Considered this afternoon, they read a list of all the victims of the awful Navy Yard shooting.
After almost every name the reporter offered a short description of the person and his or her life.
“Father of five, grandfather of nine.”
“Committed to her faith.”
“Coached his daughter’s softball team.”
“A Navy veteran who taught Sunday school.”
“Was building his own light airplane.”
I was struck and a little sickened by how neatly the news report packaged these lives.
Surely these victims deserve so much more than a soundbite.
Veteran, coach, airplane, faith…
None of these words are enough to express the richness and complexity of their lives or how much pain one madman with a gun caused.