Today is the fourth anniversary of the Virginia Tech massacre. Instead of focusing on the negative ~ 32 innocent people dead ~ I wanted to thank Leslie Sherman for sharing her happiness with those of us from Our Humble High School.
This snap, old and yellowing and printed in a student newspaper long ago ~ was taken at the National Honor Society's "Senior Prom," in the spring of 2005. Leslie was a senior then herself. The kids dressed up and visited the local senior center in all their promtime regalia. As awkward young folks, they didn't really know what to do until Leslie and this dapper gent got up and cut a rug across the community room's tile floor.
Leslie was so full of fun and life. No one deserved to die that day in Norris Hall. Leslie was in her French class. Ten students in her class, plus the French teacher, were gunned down at point-blank range.
Leslie had just turned 20. Her friends commemorated her 24th birthday seven days ago. Go with God, Leslie.
Rest in peace, Virginia Tech Hokies.