Friday, April 03, 2009

Killings in Binghamton, NY

Twelve or 13 people were killed when a gunman opened fire in an immigration services center in Binghamton, N.Y., Gov. David A. Paterson said Friday. (New York Times)
When my husband, Vin, called from the other room to tell me about the shooting I picked up the phone immediately to call my nephew, Jim, who lives in Binghamton. How big a city could Binghamton be I thought.

Jim, answered the phone and before I could say anything he said, "I'm fine, alive and well!" I laughed and said "Thank God, Jim, have you gotten a lot of calls?" "Yup," he said, actually my friends are calling to find out if I was the shooter...

Black humor, not funny Jim! But thank goodness he's all right. Apparently the killings happened only a few blocks from where he lives.

theteach

11 comments:

Desert Songbird said...

I hate reading about these things. I'm glad your nephew can keep a good head about this. Humor is a great coping mechanism.

marcia@joyismygoal said...

WHEW !! but how sad for so many

Terry said...

dear mary t
yes, we just heard about it.
such a sad, sad way the world is going.
innocent people being murdered.
toronto is getting really violent, too.
you sure can thank god that your jim is all right.
he may be making a joke about himself for sure but how his heart must be breaking for those 13 people who were killed.
my prayers go out for that city mary t....love terry

ps ..i wuldn't even call this black humur teach because if jim wasn't chuckling, he would probably be crying and that is hard for a man to do,eh.

Dianne said...

glad he's OK Mary, yet another violent tragedy in our country and still people fight tighter gun controls

ROSIDAH said...

My heartfelt sympathy and deepest condolences for the victim's families. Losing someone in an incident like this is so heartbreaking. I'm glad your nephew is alright, Mary.

BLOGitse said...

too many guns...
too many problems...
too many people without a meaning in their lives...
too easy to pull the trigger if you don't have nothing to lose...

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Lew said...

Sometimes it is a small world. Marianne has an online friend from Binghamton who works next door to the Civic Center and knew the receptionist who was killed.

Noelle said...

I'm glad Jim is ok! That is awful sadness.

♥ Kathy said...

OMG Mary, how scary! We lived about 2 hours from OKC for many years and when the bombings happened I got more calls then I believe I've gotten my whole life so I understand his side too :) Glad everyone is ok!