Making sense of senseless

Published: Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at 10:04 AM.

There is a famous song from the late Stevie Ray Vaughn called “The Sky is Crying.”

That is how it feels behind this keyboard, on this dreary, rainy Tuesday morning after the passing of Everett Gant.

Gant, 32 and father of a young daughter, died in Bay Medical Center on Monday night, having never regained consciousness after being shot in the head six weeks, to the very day, before.

He passed with his family remaining vigilant after a long, brutal ordeal and passed away without really knowing how many lives he touched.

How deeply sad.

For during a career that has only sporadically surprised, one of the truly stunning occurrences in my lifetime in newspapers has been the outpouring from people, on social media, the internet, letters, email, with signs on lawns or in front of shopping centers, reaching out and urging prayers and thoughts for Everett and his family.

The number of people he encountered and touched on this earth in such a short amount of time is truly amazing and a testament to the man, warts and all.

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