Flags were already flying at half-mast on Saturday to honor the more than 1 million Americans who have died from COVID-19, when a young man consumed with hate and prejudice opened fire at a Buffalo grocery store, killing 10 and injuring three others.
The scope of either tragedy, 10 lives or 1 million lives, is beyond comprehension or explanation. Many of us join our friends, family and communities in mourning these losses. No matter the victims’ age, health or ability at their time of death, premature loss of life leaves behind an enduring, unfillable void.
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