From tragedy, a sense of community

Published: Thursday, August 9, 2012 at 10:56 AM.

Gant is a bear of a fellow, but an easy-going lovable teddy bear sidling through life with a general sense of purpose to be helpful and to make the peace where that is possible, because as he once told me in the parking lot outside our office, where his sister once worked, “drama” is not his game.

Sure, Everett has his faults. Until the second coming that would apply to us all.

But the stunning thing in the aftermath of his tragic shooting has been the ladles of love, thoughts and prayers poured in the direction of the Everett and his family.

The messages across social media in the days following the event reflected a horror, almost a sense of shame, a sense of that is not who we are, a wish for healing, not just for Everett but the thoughts behind that trigger.

A Facebook page was up by Tuesday evening providing an outlet for all those who had been touched by Everett, were friends with Everett, who were stunned and saddened by the news that this kind and gentle giant had been injured in such horrific circumstances.

A roadside sign in Port St. Joe encouraged everybody to “Pray for Everett.”

George Duren, owner of the Piggly Wiggly in Port St. Joe, lit up the large Port City Shopping Center sign with a “Praying for Everett” message.

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