KANSAS CITY SEASON OF VIGILS 2017: HUNDREDS OF STUDENT MOURNERS GATHER FOR TRAGIC ROCKHURST SUICIDE TRIBUTE AT LOOSE PARK TONIGHT!!!
At least one thousand high school students from across the metro gathered at Loose Park tonight in a healing ceremony following tragic Rockhurst suicide.
The EPIC gathering of local young people deserves mention for a lot of reasons but primarily because suicide is now trending in the U.S. and stands at a 30-year high.
In covering this event we attempted to maintain a respectful distance but the gathering of hundreds upon hundreds of youngsters, parents and teachers and their cars was a highly noticeable event throughout Midtown Kansas City this evening.
The warm weather and so much ongoing violence throughout Kansas City remind us that this is just one of many vigils that will take place over the next few months. Some critics argue that vigils don't help address the root cause of violence, tragedy and loss . . . We can only hope that the same critics of urban core memorials will respect the mourning of these local youngsters as higher rates of suicide become a very real challenge for younger local generations.
In the final analysis, this kind of unity, compassion and solidarity is an appropriate response to local despair and might be the only hope of preventing further tragedy.
You decide . . .