A year ago was a tragic, horrible day for Indianapolis.
Today is the anniversary of the FedEx shooting when eight people were killed and several others were injured before the gunman killed himself.
The suffering of families affected will remain a lifetime, and it seems easy for the rest of us to move on. But we shouldn’t, because we must remember that we could be, at any given moment, waiting anxiously like they did a year ago in a hotel lobby and conference room to find out if our loved one was hurt.
Imagine the endless trauma that night put upon families. No one deserves that pain—no one.
Often the news cycle moves on quicker than it should, but we’ve tried to cover the mass shooting respectfully and responsibly, not just as a breaking news event but as local news, exploring our collective pain while also holding officials responsible related to gun policy decisions.
I started at IndyStar two months before the shooting, but my family hadn’t moved here yet. I received a call in the final hours of the day. I knew it was urgent. I answered immediately. The next few days were difficult, exhausting and emotionally taxing.
It was nothing like what FedEx workers and their loved ones felt.
I hope we don’t have to ever have a night like April 15, 2021, again.