I'm used to reading about these tragedies happening, but I never imagined that one would happen so close to home. I never thought my city would be the one hit. My hometown is so small, the possibility of anything like this happening is slim to none. But I'm not in my hometown anymore. I'm disturbed by this event. I'm shaken by the tragedy that has occurred. I've never been one to go out clubbing. Big groups of people who I don't know and are probably drunk has never really been my scene. But, I know people who that is their scene. I know people who very easily could've been there last night and thankfully weren't.
My heart aches with each new development in this horrendous event. So many people who have died or been injured that weren't expecting it to happen at all. So many families have been impacted. Seeing as this was an LGBT club, I can't help but wonder how many of those who didn't survive weren't speaking to their families. How many of them had been turned away and shunned just because they didn't fit the perfect mold that society and the religious communities around us have carved into our minds. So my heart aches for these families. The ones who were so headstrong and sure that turning their back on their loved one was the right thing to do. My heart aches because their loved one is now dead and they may never find out, or if they do it is too late for reconciliation.
My heart aches for a city in distress after two fatal shoots one day apart. We live in a scary world and I never imagined something like this would hit this close to home. My thoughts and prayers continue to go out to the victims and their families, as well as the city. I am thankful to be safe, I know others are not.