Written By Suad Boljevic

October 31, 2017 was like any other day, that all changed when a 29 year old man drove a rented pickup truck into a busy bicycle path in lower Manhattan, NYC. A total of eight people were killed and almost a dozen injured as a result of this attack. Reports of the suspect are that he is from Uzbekistan in Central Asia but had been living in the US since 2010. The authorities found a note near the truck used in the attack that stated the attack was in the name of ISIS. Mayor Bill de Blasio responded to this attack: “By now you have learned of the violence yesterday in lower Manhattan, with eight people dead and eleven injured. It is in our home and a reminder of how precious and precarious life is.

It is challenging to write about this atrocity, especially in the wake of the recent violence and death in Las Vegas, and so close to the site of the attacks on the World Trade Center. It seems that violence in our world has become more prevalent, leading to feelings of hopelessness and despair. It is difficult to find consolation when so many communities, families and friends are grieving the loss of their loved ones.”

The president of St. Francis College also made a statement on the incident:

“We mourn the victims and pray for their souls and their families. It is understandable to be angry, outraged and saddened by this tragic and senseless loss of life. We need to remember this and find ways to move towards peaceful reactions and resolutions. It is important that we engage in affirming life. We have a responsibility to embrace, comfort and console one another when we experience loss and fear. We should encourage one another to join in prayer or quiet remembrance for those who mourn, and remind ourselves that each of us has a responsibility to protect and care for the vulnerable, and hurt. This is how we work for peace.

Our goal at St. Francis College remains to provide you a safe, welcoming place where you can challenge yourself and your peers with the ultimate goal of improving yourself and the world around you.

I know you join me in keeping the victims and survivors and their loved ones in your prayers and thoughts.

In Peace and Friendship, Miguel Martinez-Saenz

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