The Nine We Lost in Charleston
Since the murders of nine worshipers at the Emanuel AME Church, headlines have debated everything from the mental health of Dylann Roof to gun reform and flying the Confederate flag. But as a member of a family that has experienced tragic losses through gun violence, I hope we can delve deeper and open our minds and hearts and, dare I say, have a reasonable discussion about violence, race and mental health. It’s important to pause and pay tribute to those who lost their lives, as well as their families, fellow worshipers and neighbors. I only wish I’d learned more about the victims’ lives before their untimely deaths.