The Terrible Shooting in Tucson, AZ

Real Estate Agent with Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ BR564219000

Tucson, AZ hit the national news on Saturday, January 8, 2010, and in the most horrific of ways.  If you read the news, turned on the television, or just tweeted and networked on Facebook - you've no doubt heard of the victims of a senseless crime at a Congress-on-your-Corner gathering at a Safeway-anchored shopping mart in Northwest Tucson.

My husband and I were out clearing away the outside Christmas lights, straightening up the garage and feeling energized for the new year ahead.  We were smiling and having a good time when the neighbor pulled up and shared the news.

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My daughter asked me last night if I was going to write about it, and I immediately said, "No".

I told her I didn't even feel like blogging about Tucson right now -- I was speaking with shock and pain, deep in the tragedy of the moment.

It's hard to put into words the terrible violation you feel when innocent people, going about every-day common errands are hurt and killed.  We spent the next several hours in front of the television set, waiting for REAL updates and confirmed reports of exactly what happened.

I can't help but think of the lasting repercussions of this heartbreak.  Beyond the most obvious dealings of loss of life, health, and feeling of security comes so many questions.

I thought about it a great deal during a night of little sleep.  I thought about the other horrific events that have hit areas of our United States and even the world these past years.

A couple of very dear Active-Rainers called and/or called last night out of concern for "Tucson".  The posts I read on Facebook are compassionate, and caring, and beyond finger-pointing and shallow hatreds.

One of the things I love about Tucson is its sense of community.  We're mostly a common people with a cheerful word, and a let-a-car-cut-in-during-a-traffic-jam sort of mentality.

Tucson will bond over this.  Security changes will be made, answers will be sought and found, and hopefully justice will be served.  Somehow the families of this terrible tragedy will continue on.

We are more than this tragedy.  We are above generalizations regarding news stories and incidents that have recently colored the media's interpretation of our beautiful City.  This act of violence does NOT define us.

My family's thoughts and prayers go out to the family and victims of this tragedy, and more, to the community and workers of this neighborhood of NW Tucson.

We ARE Tucson, and we can be more, and will be more.

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Shane Cook
My Home Group - Gilbert, AZ
Residential and Commercial Realtor

I'm glad you decided to blog on this topic today.  Tucson is a wonderful place, we just spent our 10th anniversary down there in September on the west side of town.  It was beautiful, the people were awesome, and we plan on coming back down to visit soon.

Looking Forward

Jan 09, 2011 03:01 AM #1
Coral Gundlach
Compass - Arlington, VA
Real Lives. Not Just Real Estate.

Cara, it's comforting to hear your heartfelt take on this.  This tragedy has affected me deeply, as I always am disturbed by huge acts of violence such as this and especially when a child is killed.   My thoughts are with the families of the victims and with all of you in Tucson.  Thanks for changing your mind and writing about it!

Jan 09, 2011 03:07 AM #2
Deanne Olivas
Keller Williams Realty East Valley - Tempe, AZ
Your Home Matters

Cara, Well said. Tragedies like this can happen anywhere. I am sure the citizens of Tucson will step forward to be there for the families involved. Tucson is a beautiful city populated with great people.

Jan 09, 2011 03:10 AM #3
Margaret Goss
Baird & Warner Real Estate - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

It could happen anywhere, and it will happen again.  My heart is so heavy over this terrible event.  Couldn't we make guns just a little harder to purchase?

Jan 09, 2011 03:10 AM #4
Emmary Simpson
Realty ONE Group Mountain Desert - Tucson, AZ
Serving Tucson AZ

Watching the news yesterday made my heart break for my newly adopted town.  I can't believe it - I woke up this morning hoping it was a horrible dream.  All we can do now is pray for victims and maybe, just maybe, we can work to change the rhetoric in our country.

Jan 09, 2011 03:12 AM #7
Gina Chirico
Lattimer Realty - Fairfield, NJ
Real Estate Agent - Essex County, New Jersey

Cara, I just heard of this shooting a little while ago on Face the Nation.  I had no idea that this shooting occured until about an hour ago.  Honestly its a tragedy for all parties involved and you just can't help but wonder why does this happen.  Not only in Tuscon but in other areas, schools, etc. where these shootings occur. 

Jan 09, 2011 03:44 AM #8
Doug Anderson
Tucker Associates Real Estate Services - Danville, CA
Bay Area Real Estate Views

Cara - This is a horrible tragedy and our prayers are out to you and your fellow Tuscon residents and those families that are directly affected by this senseless act of violence.

Jan 09, 2011 04:05 AM #9
Ken Barker Realtor® GRI, E-Pro Certified
Dilbeck Real Estate - Burbank, CA

Cara -We all need sounding boards, a shoulder to cry on so to speak, and AR is a great platform and as you can see you are getting a lot of support. I actually expected you to blog about this. I am sure many other Tuszonians are as well that I DON'T subscribe to and I will miss.

It is sad what happened in your town. I am now more in fear if there are others plotting. All the aids of congress who are not getting protection are having to look over their shoulders in a much different way. I feel for them too.

My heart goes out those affected and who are fearing for something around the corner which I hope is not in plan.

Jan 09, 2011 04:56 AM #10
Cara Marcelle Mancuso
Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ - Tucson, AZ
Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE! LONG REALTY

Hi Shane - Nice to meet you.  I'm glad you enjoyed Tucson and plan to return.  I discovered the town myself, by being a visitor.  I like your salutation, Looking forward...

Coral - Thanks for finding me on AR as well as Facebook. You echo my sentiments exactly.

Deanne - thanks for your email and note. We really can't let one person's act define who we are.

Margaret - Wouldn't it be nice if the only way we could get a gun license is with psychiatric evaluation??

Jan 09, 2011 05:41 AM #11
Cara Marcelle Mancuso
Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ - Tucson, AZ
Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE! LONG REALTY

Gina - I watched Face the Nation myself this morning, and the press conference by the hospital staff to follow.  Hats off to UMC for such outstanding professionalism.

Doug - thank you.  All of Tucson appreciates the outpouring of compassion and concern.

Ken - Thanks as always for stopping by.  I appreciate your thoughtful comments and the time you take to visit and read my blog posts.

Jan 09, 2011 05:42 AM #12
Lottie Kendall
Today | Sotheby's International Realty - San Carlos, CA
Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco

Cara, I'm glad you wrote about this. I'm sure, as you say, Tucson will bond and become even more caring than before. Know that we're wishing you all well.

Jan 09, 2011 06:02 AM #13
Cara Marcelle Mancuso
Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ - Tucson, AZ
Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE! LONG REALTY

Thank you SO MUCH for your phone call and email, Lottie.  Your compassionate nature brought tears to my eyes. 

Jan 09, 2011 01:16 PM #14
Tish Lloyd
BlueCoast Realty Corporation - Wilmington, NC
Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches

Cara ~  Your heartfelt post is very special and meaningful.  I, too, am saddened by the senselessness of this tragedy and send you wishes and prayers of healing for your community.

Jan 10, 2011 04:10 AM #15
Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind
KGC Properties LLC, Tucson Property Management & Real Estate - Tucson, AZ

GOOD MORNING CARA!  Nicely said.  There wouldn't be anymore that I could add to this -- Gab

Jan 10, 2011 11:53 PM #16
Juli Vosmik
Dominion Fine Properties - Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739

Cara, you're so RIGHT!!!  Tucson folks will come together even stronger despite this craziness.  I'm glad you wrote about it. 

I've been thinking about you.

Jan 11, 2011 01:29 AM #17
Cara Marcelle Mancuso
Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ - Tucson, AZ
Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE! LONG REALTY

Thank you Tish.  The community support and outpouring of love is really helpful this week.

Hello Gab - I appreciate you stopping by my post.  It has certainly is an emotional, shocking time for the community.

Juli - Your post was very touching.  I hope your mother is okay.  It sure has hit close to home.

Jan 11, 2011 01:37 AM #18
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