This partial post was written by Shannon and posted by her mom, Gretchen.

I woke up feeling pretty blue today and wasn’t quite sure why. Some of it is definitely the Aurora shooting tragedy. It hit incredibly close to home… literally and figuratively. We have many, many friends who live in that area, although thankfully none were there at the time. However, you quickly find out how interconnected we all are. Multiple friends of friends were there, injured, and some were among the dead.