Showing posts with label Violence. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Violence. Show all posts

Monday, July 29, 2019

Gilroy Garlic Festival Shooting

The Gilroy Garlic Festival in
Gilroy, California.
(Photo by Skyscanner)
For those of you who are unaware, the Gilroy Garlic Festival is a three-day event held every year in Gilroy, California. What started as an idea, became a 40-year old tradition, as the people of Gilroy (and its visitors) pay respects and honor the local garlic industry. In case you are unaware, Gilroy is known for their garlic crops. 

Primarily held during late July/early August, this event celebrates garlic. Gilroy is a small town in North California. And with 4,000 volunteers alone and over a hundred vendors and sponsors, the community is as tight-knit as it gets. So, when something like this happens (which is rare) the entire community shuts down to grieve. 

I am originally from the Bay area of California where the Gilroy Garlic Festival is held, so when I heard the news regarding this, I was not only sad, but in a panic that one of my family members may have been a victim of this. Naturally I feared for the worst. And although none of my family are victims in this devastating yet unpredictable shooting, I cannot help but be extremely empathetic to those who are victims to such a tragic occurrence. 

Santino William Legan is the original shooting suspect; however, a few eyewitnesses claim they saw a second person with him. And as the speculation continues, some of the people who attended this festival believe this person ran off. Legan who is of Italian and Iranian descent, abused his liberties in more ways than one when he used an AK-47 (a Russian assault riffle) to randomly shoot people at the festival yesterday, killing three people.

Additionally, the angry yet scorned shooter managed to take out 12 other people, some who are currently fighting for their life at the local hospital. 6-year old Stephen Romero died immediately, along with 13-year old Keyla Salazar, and 25-year old Trevor Irby.

Today is a day to mourn. Although Legan was immediately shot and killed by the fine policeman of Gilroy, there is no price on a life. Justice may have been served, but the people of this small town in Santa Clara County will remember 7/28/19 forever. 

If you are from Gilroy or know someone has visited and has not been in touch with you, please call (408) 846-0583 immediately. You can also call (408) 846-0584. 

Sunday, October 28, 2018

A tragic day in Pittsburgh

Today I would like to take a moment to pray for the victims and their families of the Pittsburgh shooting. As many of you are already aware, a man named Robert Bowers stormed into the Pittsburgh synagogue and killed about a dozen people. Although I have friends from that area, including Jewish friends, I did not know any of the victims. It truly hurts me to see this on the news, as Pittsburgh to me was one of the safest cities in America.

I have had the pleasure of not only residing in Pittsburgh for many years, but attending college there also. I lived there from 1999 until 2003. Then, I stayed there for many months from Spring 2013 until Winter 2014). Pittsburgh will always be a place I will forever appreciate and be very near and dear to my heart. To think such a tragic event occurred today has me so sad. 

With a heavy heart, I am praying for not just the victims and their families, but the entire city of Pittsburgh. This is one of the most tragic days in the steel city and I pray that the city is protected from such hate in the future. 

Update, here are the victims of this terrible tragedy in the steel city:

Joyce Fienberg 
Daniel Stein
Melvin Wax
Irving Younger
Bernice Simon
Sylvan Simon
David Rosenthal
Rose Mollinger
Richard Gottfried
Cecil Rosenthal
David Rosenthal

Rest in peace.