Violence – Tears – Silence

© Wendy Marijnissen

© Wendy Marijnissen

© Wendy Marijnissen

© Wendy Marijnissen

Today I was confronted and forced to think about senseless acts of violence.  The only conclusion I can come to is that my mind just doesn’t know how to comprehend it…

Last weekend while I was enjoying an evening of literature,  music and friends, around the corner,  an 18 year old man was stabbed to death outside a cafe where he and his friends were celebrating a birthday. A drunken man that got into a fight earlier that evening in the same bar, went home, got a knife and returned. The young boy apparently gave the man a tissue because he was bleeding from the fight and suggested it was better to go home. Upon which he was stabbed in the belly. Reanimated on the sidewalk for over 45 minutes, young Gregory died …

What for? Why did this happen?

Not a single answer could explain this horrible act. My mind just can’t comprehend… No matter how much alcohol, whatever the fight was about, … What makes a person boil over and act this violently and aggressively? I can’t and I do not want to understand.

Friends, fellow students, anybody passing by held a moment silence looking at the flowers, reading the messages and meditating on the flames of the countless candles.

I saw a man who had been sitting outside the closed night shop all day,  who along with his dog was playing classical songs on a radio he carried.  It turned out that Vic had been in that particular night shop and had seen the murder happen. He didn’t know what to do with his grieve. He had called for an ambulance, but guilt was consuming him for not doing more.  I tried to console him and explain that there wasn’t anything more he could  have done. That everyone is powerless against such acts of aggression and it all leaves us numb. He cried and his dog Mieke looked up to him and felt his pain too.

© Wendy Marijnissen

© Wendy Marijnissen

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