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again and again, our hearts shattered by the echo of the gunshot

In memory of the nine people who lost their lives when “a ‘lone wolf,’ a man who sat for an hour near a pastor leading bible study, in a historic Charleston, South Carolina church, pulled out a pistol, and, one by one, took aim and fired, riddled the prayerful, felled nine lives…”

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the morning light spilled across the front pages, across faces bowed and streaked in tears. it didn’t take long till my own tears were added to the morning’s misery. a “lone wolf,” a man who sat for an hour near a pastor leading bible study, in a historic charleston, south carolina church, pulled out a pistol, and, one by one, took aim and fired, riddled the prayerful, felled nine lives, including the church pastor, a revered state senator.

i’d come downstairs in this quiet old house to write of something else, but i picked up the news pages off the stoop, and there it was in all three papers: “deadly church attack;” “scene of carnage has long history of pain, pride and dignity;” “loner held in church killings.” sadly, only in chicago was the story “below the fold,” meaning it got second billing to something else, and in this case…

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