What We Say When Tragedy Comes

August 13, 2018

I visited Taste of the Danforth on Saturday - which happened three weeks after the Danforth Shooting, as planned. It was - largely - a joyous affair; the street was filled with families, friends, and couples. But the vigil, erected where the victims fell, was both an opportunity for reflection, community, and solidarity, as well as a solemn reminder of the violence on July 22, when two young women, Reese Fallon, 18, and Julianna Kozis, 10, were killed.


Here is what some people wrote on the large plywood board, erected for a community to process the event and remember the two women:  


"We can't let things be this way! We can be wonderful. We can be magnificent." 


"We are family" 


"Toxic masculinity kills." 


"Stand together." 


"We will miss you." 


"Don't let them tell you it can't be done." 

(a reference to Jack Layton's final message


"Love for all, hatred for none."

"Love all." 


"Never forgotten." 


"Love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear." 


(another reference to Jack Layton's final message: My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we'll change the world.) 


The Star compiled letters, as well. 




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