Friday, April 20, 2007

The Week Isn't Over Yet

I just received some pretty awful news. A friend's mom and grandmother were shot in a carjacking attempt just outside Nairobi. The Whites were stationed in the Congo when my parents were and their oldest son, Elijiah, and my younger brother and I would pal around. Being a diplomat is not all wine and cheese, relaxing by the pool, sitting in an air-conditioned office discussing the latest situation with some official, sometimes it involves assholes with assault rifles.

13 comments:

Snag said...

That sucks. Sorry to hear about it. I had a friend in college whose family was stationed in Africa when he was growing up and he had some stories.

Chuckles said...

I wrote a few different versions of this post. The first one was "This sucks."

Right in front of two of her kids, too. Zelda White had just finished seminary. What a waste.

girl like me said...

How sad. It always hard to lose people, but made even more heart wrenching when you lose them to violence of this manner. I wish the best for their family and you.

Kevin Wolf said...

Jesus, that's terrible. Sorry to hear that.

Jennifer said...

Oh Chuckles, I'm so sorry.

Brando said...

Chuckles, that is just awful. I am sorry. WTF is wrong with people?

The Uncanny Canadian said...

What a terrible story. Somehow the randomness of the act makes it all the more evil and untenable. I understand that life is ephemeral, but death should not be so stochastic.

Adorable Girlfriend said...

This is just awful. Just awful. Nobody should have their life taken away so unfairly and so soon.

Pink Is Neat said...

If you need anything, let me know.

The only hilarious thing you missed this evening was me falling to the ground in slow motion. Accidentally.

globalchameleon said...

My god - that's terrible! My thoughts are with you, your friend and the family members

Lindsey said...

Ugh. SO sorry to hear about that. :o(

Chuckles said...

Thanks for the words, everybody.

Kathleen said...

so sorry to hear this. it must be hard being so far away. I hope your friend's family can deal, some how. hope yo're ok.