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Letter: Loss of life, regardless of circumstance, matters

Loss of life, regardless of circumstance, matters

Within the last month there have been two tragedies dominating the news media. First, there was the Russian plane crash that killed 224 people, and then the terror attack in Paris, which killed 130 people. Tragic for sure; 354 people killed senselessly. Their deaths are being claimed by an extremist group or radicals who want to take over the world.

In the Sunday, Nov. 15 issue of The Buffalo News, I read an article, it couldn’t have been more than three inches, that a man was stabbed to death in Baltimore, Md.

Now, homicide happens everywhere; we read about it happening far too often in Buffalo. However, this was frightening. The article stated that this latest homicide death that occurred on Saturday, Nov. 14, was the 300th homicide in Baltimore this year. This year … 300 homicides. Not 300 homicides in Maryland but in one city. And in 10 ½ months, not 10½ years.

Where is the outcry for these 300 people? Only 53 shy of the front page headlines. I don’t know these people. I don’t know if they were male/female, white/black/Hispanic, heterosexual/gay, law-abiding citizens or of the criminal element. One thing I do know, however, is that I’m sure that these people’s lives mattered to someone. All lives matter!

Luci Buell