Suicide is an ugly, vicious beast. I lost my brother to it in 1994. A murder-suicide is a beast without a soul. I lost my best friend in a similar incident five years after losing my brother.
These pains haunt me to this day. Sunday’s double murder-suicide brings that horror back to me as a new horror begins for the many others affected by the tragedy.
The violence on Wadsworth Street in Geneseo is beyond a nightmare. It’s beyond comprehension, and it’s beyond reason. There are many different perspectives to take, but none of them fix anything. No perspective will make sense of the matter. The fact of the matter is that lives have been ruined, and many others will never be the same.
At this point, it appears that two athletes were murdered by an ex-boyfriend. This ex-boyfriend comes from a strong, well-known family in the area, who are outstanding members of the community. Among the many questions facing the community as a whole, now, is what do we do, and where do we go from here?
Thankfully the nasty commentary is calming down and the truth of who we are in Livingston County is beginning to shine through the dark 48 hours since Sunday. We are seeing social media postings with #geneseounite and #oneknight that in many ways sum up where we need to go as a community.
I honestly cannot remember a darker day for the Valley or this community. Whatever more is learned in the coming days about personal tragedies that played out this week on Wadsworth Street we are not going to publish. The necessary facts have already been made public by officials.
What is far more important is the story of how we share our love for each other and our valley in our time of grief.