I generally avoid a lot of big news tragedy stories. The media coverage feels dirty.
Several years ago a classmate had a parent killed in a school shooting as a teacher. It was close enough to home that I have always tried to keep a respectful distance.
The other day there was a tragedy in my home town at a place I hold in high regard that has a special place in my heart. I felt horrible, but I still kept a respectful distance.
And then the next morning my phone rang and I got the news. I knew the guy.
I had worked with him, liked him, and even given him a ride home.
It's heartbreaking for so many reasons. I am sick to my stomach about so much of this, plus this additional detail.
It's not about me, but I just feel so awful that I do not know what to do.