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December 19, 2012

Can sense be made of the senseless?


On December 14, 2012 – in the midst of the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah and 11 days before the Christian observance of Jesus’ birth – an event of unimaginable evil took place when a young man killed his mother, then proceeded to an elementary school where he killed 20 children, 6 teachers, and himself.

I submit that no normal person will ever be able to understand what motivates a person to carry out such a despicable and senseless act. There is no way to undo the pain that was caused. Time may diminish the horror and grief of the survivors somewhat, but it will never go away entirely.

Can anything good ever come from this? Is it possible we can try to do so? I’d like to propose a way.

Here is a list of the people who died at the hands of Adam Lanza on December 14, 2012. 28 names are listed here, including that of Lanza himself. If each of us performs an act of kindness or compassion in memory of each of these victims, perhaps we can show the survivors that we stand with them in their grief. To encourage others to join in, you’re welcome to share the card included below.


Charlotte Bacon
Daniel Barden
Rachel Davino
Olivia Engel
Josephine Gay
Ana M. MarquezGreene
Dylan Hockley
Dawn Hochsprung
Madeleine F. Hsu
Catherine V. Hubbard
Chase Kowalski
Adam Lanza
Nancy Lanza
Jesse Lewis
James Mattioli
Grace McDonnell
Anne Marie Murphy
Emilie Parker
Jack Pinto
Noah Pozner
Caroline Previdi
Jessica Rekos
Avielle Richman
Lauren Rousseau
Mary Sherlach
Victoria Soto
Benjamin Wheeler
Allison N. Wyatt 

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