Aaliyah and her family had been in Maryland for the holidays, leaving their home in Delaware. While they were down here dealing with this tragedy, another person broke into that home, stealing all their Christmas gifts, including three new iPads, and the childrens' clothing.
As Aaliyah left our earth for her new heavenly home, she left behind vital organs: her heart, kidney, lungs and liver were harvested to be transplanted to others in need. She had noticed that her parents' drivers' licenses declared them to be organ donors, and Aaliyah wanted to donate as well.
From all this, I take two thoughts: there is evil in the world and it must be overpowered by love. Call me an idealist.
And it also reminds me that we need to remember that our actions have consequences that often lie far beyond what we can see from where we stand.
I wish that Aaliyah may rest in peace, and that her family will know peace and better days as they face the future with thoughts of the past, and how the future might have been.
The shooter, and the thief, have themselves to face.