You’ll notice I rarely write the gunman’s name. This is deliberate. I remember the Weekly Standard writing an editorial about the Columbine killers back in the 1990s, focusing on the abominable irony that we so often remember the names of the perpetrators of mass murder but rarely recall the names of the victims. At the end, I lamented that the editorial perpetuated the killers’ fame by naming them, only to reread it and find that the writer had artfully avoided mentioning either one. News coverage requires specific names, but afterward, when we digest and analyze, it is good to forget the names of evil men who killed in order to be remembered.
(You’ll notice that I have yet to use the shooter’s name in this blog.) I try to avoid using it in conversation as well and encourage you to do the same.
Let’s remember instead the names of the victims: Judge John Roll ,63; Dorthy Murray, 76; Dorwin Stoddard, 76; Christina Greene, 9; Phyllis Scheck, 79; and Gabriel Zimmerman, 30.
And the heroes: Colonel Bill Badger. Daniel Hernandez.
FROM THE COMMENTS: Reader Jesse reminds us of a heroine of the day:
You also forgot the Lady Hero (Patricia Maisch, a 61-year-old), who stopped him from Reloading, which would’ve caused even more victims during this Atrocity.