Tennessee bus crash - a relative is killed

SteveGon

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I just found out tonight that a relative was one of the victims in the Tennessee bus crash on Wednesday. My late grandfather's sister-in-law, Amelia Ortiz Nerio, was killed along with five others (including the assailant). Apparently, the man responsible for the crash used a box cutter (!) to slash the driver's throat and then steered the bus off the road. Is there no end to this kind of shit? I feel terrible for my grandmother. My father, her only child, died in December of '99, one of her sisters died just a few months ago, and now this...
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He thought on homeland, the big timber, the air thin and chill all the year long. Tulip poplars so big through the trunk they put you in mind of locomotives set on end. He thought of getting home and building him a cabin on Cold Mountain so high that not a soul but the nighthawks passing across the clouds in autumn could hear his sad cry. Of living a life so quiet he would not need ears. And if Ada would go with him, there might be the hope, so far off in the distance he did not even really see it, that in time his despair might be honed off to a point so fine and thin that it would be nearly the same as vanishing.
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Allan Mack

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I am so sorry to hear about this. My deepest condolences go out to you and your family.
This is truly a crazy and dangerous world we're living in.
 

dougW

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Sorry to hear this as well. I was watching TV at the time they flashed a newsflash up about this, and being in TN, it instantly caught my attention. Such a senseless act by an apparent deranged individual.
May things get better for your family man.
Doug
 

SteveGon

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Thanks for the replies, guys. To be honest, I'm not as affected by this as my grandmother is. While I probably met Amelia at some point in the past, it would have been a long time ago and I don't remember her. Still, it's a reminder of how far-reaching terrorism can be. I understand that the man responsible was from Croatia and had fought in the wars there before coming to the states. By all accounts, he had a lot of mental problems stemming from that and finally lost it. The fact that he used a box cutter shows that he may have been influenced by the Sept. 11th attacks. Unfortunately, this isn't the first time I've experienced something like this. Several years ago, a good friend of mine was paid a visit by three of his cousins from Ireland. A couple of weeks after returning home, one of them was killed. My buddy was pretty shook up about it so I didn't pry too much, but I do know that his cousin was killed as a result of the "troubles" over there. Just goes to show that you never know when you'll be touched by something like this. Oh well, I work all the time so I don't see my grandmother much, but I think I'll try to do something nice for her next week. Take her out to dinner or something. Thanks again.
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He thought on homeland, the big timber, the air thin and chill all the year long. Tulip poplars so big through the trunk they put you in mind of locomotives set on end. He thought of getting home and building him a cabin on Cold Mountain so high that not a soul but the nighthawks passing across the clouds in autumn could hear his sad cry. Of living a life so quiet he would not need ears. And if Ada would go with him, there might be the hope, so far off in the distance he did not even really see it, that in time his despair might be honed off to a point so fine and thin that it would be nearly the same as vanishing.
-- Charles Frazier, Cold Mountain
 

Brian Harnish

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Man, I'm sorry to hear about that Steve. It must be rough losing someone like that. My condolences to you and your family.

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