Peter D. Kramer, New York State Team
July 15, 2022
They are known in the aggregate, linked by the unspeakable — Sandy Hook Families, Parkland Families, Columbine Families — but each person who lost a loved one to tragedy, whether mass shootings or 9/11, has walked down a path that is personal and individual and unlike any other.
They call themselves members of a club no one ever wants to join, with chapters in California and Florida, Pittsburgh and Colorado. In recent months, the club grew by 10 in Buffalo, by 22 in Uvalde, Texas, and by at least seven in Highland Park, Illinois. And on. And on.
In recent weeks, we’ve spoken to those family members who came before Buffalo, and to those who have counseled and helped them as they faced that first impossible year. What awaits, in Buffalo and beyond, is A Year of Firsts Without, when lives are lived with aching hearts and so much missing. Read more …