This morning I awoke and turned on National Public Radio's Morning Edition as I always do when I learned about the shooting at the midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado. As of this writing, there are 12 confirmed dead, 59 wounded, among them children.
I am beyond heartbroken at this real-life horror. Shock and disbelief are mixed with sadness and a sense of agony over what those directly affected must be enduring and endured during the crisis.
Reading, watching, and listening to the chaos and death at the screening, thinking of all the terror the audience must have experienced, picturing teens lying dead and dying while others are fearing and fleeing for their lives when all they wanted was to experience an eagerly-anticipated feature film...it takes all of me to just not break down in tears.
It is too soon to attempt to write any Personal Reflections on this tragedy. If I do touch on this, it will be during my annual Year-End retrospective on events I did not write about at the time.
The focus should and must be with those killed and injured in Theater Nine. All I can or wish to say at this moment is that my heart and all my prayers go out to all the victims and their families at this immensely difficult time.