I have hundreds of emails that I could quote from, but the message remains the same -- the long wait for family members and friends to hear of their loved one’s status is beyond agonizing.


In a Facebook post a year after the shootings, the friend of a victim who passed away described how he drove to his friend’s apartment and spent the night looking for his car with the hope that he would be coming home. He did not come home. Since June 12, 2016, however, I have become good friends with the victim’s godmother. She has taught me about resilience.