It's hard to comprehend the slaughter of the 20 kids and six adults Friday in Newtown, Conn.
I don't think anyone can. Police still had not determined a motive a day after the shooting, which is being recorded as the second-deadliest school shooting in U.S. history.
According to the Associated Press, ''the mystery deepened as Newtown education officials said they had found no link between Lanza's mother and the school, contrary to news reports that said she was a teacher there. Investigators said they believe Adam Lanza attended Sandy Hook Elementary many years ago, but they had no explanation for why he went there on Friday.''
It's all just terrible news. This terribly troubled young man, only 20, on Friday changed the lives of a lot of people forever.
But I have an uplifting story locally that powerfully contrasts the tragedy in Connecticut. Ironically, a woman sent a letter to the editor this week, a few days before the shooting, that should give people hope that there still are good people out there. Here it is. Pay attention to the third paragraph:
''On Sunday, we took our sons (ages 4 and 8 months) and went to breakfast at Sonny's in Johnston. We no more than sat down at our table, and a gentleman walked over and handed my husband $20 and asked that we put $10 in each of our son's bank accounts. We thanked him, and he went on his way.
''We stared at each other in awe, and I had visible cold chills on my arms.
''Raising children in this crazy world is scary at times. So much bad news around us. This served as a reminder that there are still good people out there.
''To the mystery man. We thank you again. Your generosity will never be forgotten. I went to the bank. Our oldest son has an account, and I opened one for the baby. God bless you and Merry Christmas.''
I just found the letter to be so refreshing. And the timing and contrast are incredible.
As we head into Christmas, let's remember those who died, and say a little prayer. It was reported that many of the children still had their baby teeth. Here are their names and ages, according to Connecticut state police:
Charlotte Bacon, 6; Daniel Barden, 7; Rachel Davino, 29; Olivia Engel, 6; Josephine Gay, 7; Ana Marquez-Greene, 6; Dylan Hockley, 6; Dawn Hochsprung, 47; Madeleine Hsu, 6; Catherine Hubbard, 6; Chase Kowalski, 7; Jesse Lewis, 6; James Mattioli, 6; Grace McDonnell, 7; Anne Marie Murphy, 52; Emilie Parker, 6; Jack Pinto, 6; Noah Pozner, 6; Caroline Previdi, 6; Jessica Rekos, 6; Avielle Richman, 6; Lauren Rousseau, 30; Mary Sherlach, 56; Victoria Soto, 27; Benjamin Wheeler, 6; Allison Wyatt, 6.
Robinson is the editor of the Tribune Chronicle.