They gathered last night at Pine Trails Park not far from horrific scene of death a day earlier in Parkland, FL, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Hundreds and hundreds of mourners including, victims family members, surviving students, friends and those who just wanted to be there to show support after 17 students and staff were killed Wednesday.
Former Stoneman Douglas star baseball player, now Cubs World Champion, Anthony Rizzo had left their Spring Training in Arizona upon seeing the awful events on t.v. He was there speaking through tears to the crowd Thursday night. Trying to somehow comfort those left to try to make sense of the senseless and cope with the massive loss of life.
Also included at the amphitheater were members of the Miami Dolphins organization.
Arguably, the most recognizable player, WR Jarvis Landry, wanted to lend whatever support to he could to those affected:
— Jarvis Juice Landry (@God_Son80) February 16, 2018
Landry gave some brief comments to Jason Lieser of the Palm Beach Post. ““I’m just continuing to show support to the families and community here that has been affected by this and spread love.” Landry continued, “I have a 1-year-old, and it’s hard to think about. A lot of these kids were 13 or 14 years old, and you couldn’t imagine it. To lose your kids, something like this, it’s hard to speak about.”
Current players Tony Lippett and Kenny Stills were there and were joined by former Miami greats Nat Moore and Sam Madison trying to lend whatever positivity or comfort they could.
Dolphins President and CEO, Tom Garfinkel took to social media on Wednesday night in the hours after the horrible events at Stoneman Douglas High:
How do we stop this? When will there be proactive change from our government leaders to address the complexity of why this keeps happening? Praying for those affected in Parkland. And Orlando, and Columbine, and Sandy Hook, and every other senseless and tragic shooting.
— Tom Garfinkel (@TomGarfinkel) February 14, 2018
Everyone is asking the same questions, and unfortunately there’s not a simple “wave the magic wand and cure it all” solution.
And now, an affluent Broward County suburb has joined the awful list of communities like Orlando, Aurora, CO, Sandy Hook, and on and on, to have to deal with mass killing aftermath.
No one disputes that we as people and the nation have to change lots of things: with the laws around guns, with our culture of selfishness and hatred, with how we monitor and deal with mental illness and how we can improve everything to keep each other safe.
That wasn’t what Thursday night at Pine Trails Park was about.
Thursday night was to remember, grieve, and try to comfort each other.
And good for some of the Dolphins to not just say or tweet it, but actually be there to show support.
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