sarah blake ochsner
I’m a reporter. Witnessing bad things carried out by bad people is a part of my job. Day in and day out I’m around the shocked and overwhelmed just trying to comprehend the whys on the worst day of their life.
Right now in Orlando, 49 families are asking why. 53 more are hoping their loved one isn’t the next name added to list of casualties.
Even if you don’t watch the news, I'm sure you know what happened early Sunday morning inside Pulse Night Club in Orlando. 29-year-old Omar Mateen, an American-citizen with Afghan roots, committed the deadliest terrorist attack on US soil since 9/11.
He gunned down complete strangers, one after another, fueled only by hate.
For someone who is committed to gathering as many details possible… Anything in addition to that statement has seemingly become irrelevant to me.
This man’s hate needs to only be combatted with pure and genuine love.
We’ve already seen the outpouring of support as hundreds stood in line to give blood. Here in Charlotte, my television station covered four vigils Monday night alone.
One year ago this week, I stood in front of Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston as people sang and prayed after nine beautiful souls were shot and killed inside. I was live on the air, my voice shaky, because I was so overwhelmed by the beauty coming out of this massacre. The Lord was making something beautiful out of complete dust and I see that happening in Orlando too.
This week, even in just your everyday lives, I encourage you to combat hate with love, evil with good. Do something small for someone else. Lend a hand. Go out of your way to compliment a coworker. If for no other reason, do it for the 49 families whom everything was changed in an instant.
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