Friday, October 06, 2006
ONE OF THIS WEEK'S TRAGEDIES
From CNN: ... Amish funerals are conducted in German and focus on God, not on commemorating the dead. There is no singing, but ministers read hymns and passages from the Bible and an Amish prayer book. ... Funeral processions passed the home of Charles Carl Roberts IV, the 32-year-old milk truck driver who took the girls hostage, tied them up and shot them before killing himself. ... The attack was so traumatic there is talk that the school house may soon be razed to erase the memories. But many Amish have embraced Roberts' relatives, who may receive money from a fund established to help victims and their families. ... Roberts' wife, Marie, was invited to attend the funeral by the family of Marian Fisher; it was unclear whether she attended. ... At the behest of Amish leaders, a fund has also been set up for the killer's widow and three children
. ... One of the girls who died in Pennsylvania's Amish schoolhouse massacre asked the killer to shoot her first in an apparent bid to save the younger girls, a woman who spoke to the victim's family said today. ... "It was very courageous of the girls to offer themselves," Rhoads said. "God was really present to give the girls that kind of courage."
All I can do is sit here and say "Wow."