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Elena Valenzuela-Stookey: Why we must all support Boston bombing victims

To the editor:

As the bombings at the Boston Marathon start to move further into the past, it is important for Massachusetts to seek closure. In this regard, the Gazette article “Slain officer links UMass player, Marathon runner” is a reminder that efforts to support victims are being made by all types of organizations and people, regardless of their connections to the tragedy.

It is refreshing to see UMass Athletics honor the runners and victims of the bombings. For the UMass football player Randall Jette, wearing Sean Collier’s name on his jersey was a simple gesture, yet for Gary Menin, one of the six marathon runners honored and a friend of the slain officer, it reaffirmed that he is not alone in his struggle to accept such a great loss.

After the last suspect was caught, many took to the streets celebrating. However for those who lost loved ones in the tragedy and those who were injured, it will be hard to celebrate until they have gotten more closure. In the past weeks, many of the people affected by the tragedy have only just begun to come out to the public with their own accounts and experiences. Events such as the one held at UMass are an opportunity to begin moving on in a thoughtful way, while honoring the ones they have lost.

Elena Valenzuela-Stookey

Amherst

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