Which isn’t to say the awful night of Jan. 15 isn’t cause for reflection.
Let’s remember that Dikes and Godfread are more than statistics or names in a media crime report. Krystle Dikes’ family recalls her as a friend to everyone she met, a young woman who found fulfillment working with children with special needs. Rachelle Godfread was a global traveler. She was a mother who cherished her children. Both women will be missed.
REMEMBER, TOO THAT Bair was someone’s son, someone’s friend. At some point, his life went critically awry. We’ll likely never know why he claimed two lives in a supermarket on a winter’s night. We can, however, be aware of signs that a friend or family member is becoming deeply troubled. We can ask them to seek help. If need be, we can be that help by notifying authorities.
To Skipper and Trip, a community owes its thanks. Heroism is a poor word choice; the officers were just doing their jobs Jan. 15. They did, however, perform their duty exceedingly well — and probably saved lives in the process.
The violence in that Elkhart supermarket should also remind us that life doesn’t offer guarantees or fail-safes. Normalcy and chaos intersect quickly and without warning. The best we can do is live the best lives we can, every day, and cherish the people around us.
They can be gone in an instant. So can we.