A message worth sharing
Pierce OFarrill belongs to a relatively exclusive club. He is a survivor of a mass shooting. Early on the morning of July 20, 2012, OFarrill was sitting in a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., when a gunman began firing.
During a Community Forgiveness and Reconciliation Symposium tonight, OFarrill will talk about the physical and emotional wounds he suffered. The event will be at the Fort Wayne Urban League, 2135 S. Hanna St.
OFarrill has told interviewers that he forgives James Holmes, the man charged with the spree that left 12 dead and 70 wounded.
Richard Cummins, chief development officer at Fort Waynes Rescue Mission, said OFarrill was originally coming to town only to speak at the missions annual banquet Thursday night at the Landmark Conference and Reception Centre, 6222 Ellison Road. Tickets to that event are $60 for one person, $110 for two.
But concern about violence in the community led the mission and the Urban League to set up tonights free event so that a wider audience could hear his message.
The city is on pace to set a shameful new record. There have been 35 shooting deaths so far this year. The needless deaths and suffering touch many lives and diminish everyones. Tonights meeting is another opportunity to look for answers to violence.