Thursday, October 2, 2008
When bad things happen...
Although I consider myself a journalist, one reporter job that I simply would not do is go knock on doors and ask complete strangers how they feel about a horrific tragedy that befell their neighbors such as what happened in North Amherst yesterday.
As I said a few months back, when Amherst police officer Ricky Arocho lost his two-year-old daughter, I can’t think of anything worse than losing a toddler; and if you can--I don’t want to hear it.
A private couple suddenly thrust into the glaring spotlight at the worst moment of their lives.
Yes, to a certain extent the public has a right to know. The bus and school are publicly funded. But these parents also have a right to grieve: privately.
In this particular case the public interest is mainly out of concern, wanting to help, wanting to make sure this never happens again.
Please send whatever you can (if only your prayers):
Abrahim Espinoza Memorial Fund
Contributions can be dropped off at any Florence Savings Bank branch or the Mark's Meadow school office, or mailed to Mark's Meadow School, Abrahim Espinoza Memorial Fund, 813 North Pleasant St, Amherst MA 01002.
The Springfield Republican reports