By Catherine Chenault

On July 20, 2012, America experienced one of its most devastating massacres in our history. A mass shooting took place at The Century Theater in Aurora, Colorado during a midnight showing of the new Batman movie. A man by the name of James Holmes opened fire on a theater filled with men, women, children, families, people young and old. Seventy one people were injured and twelve killed in this senseless act.

Those killed were Jonathan Blunk, aged 26; Alexander J. Boik, 18; Jesse Childress, 29; Gordon Cowden, 51; Jessica Ghawi, 24; John Larimer, 27; Matt McQuinn, 27; Micayla Medek, 23; Veronica Moser-Sullivan, 6; Alex Sullivan, 27; Alexander C. Teves, 24; and Rebecca Wingo, 32. When I heard about this tragedy it made me sad, but it also hurt my heart to know that even a fun night at the movies can turn into your last night on earth.

In a way it reminded me of when my friend Jimmy died. Just like him those people did not deserve to die, they had not even lived their lives yet. They were all in the wrong place at the wrong time which resulted in their violent and senseless deaths. Why? A question I ask myself all the time why is there so much hate and violence in this world that even as a young person you have to be extra conscious every time you go out to the movies or even stand outside at night.

I know that violence and hate is unavoidable; if it’s not happening right here in Sacramento it is going on somewhere else. But I know for a fact it takes less energy to love then it does to hate, so why waste any? I hope that something like this never happens again, because no one should have to feel the pain of losing a loved one to violence. But if anything positive can come from the experience it would be that you have to live and love your life do your best and work hard everyday of your life because you never know when it is going to be your last.