October 19, 2015

Is this really you Fort Myers?

Saturday night we went downtown Fort Myers to have dinner at Ford's and walk around, no big deal. We do this every so often, but this past weekend was different because there was a big festival going on. There were quite a few people there, I guess upwards of 20,000 they say. Again, not even that big of a deal because we'd been to this festival the past 2 years and it was so fun; mostly to walk around and people watch, but as always the food options downtown make it pretty great too. So, of course we didn't think twice about taking one of my best friends from Indiana while she was here to visit.

What started out with a text reading, "How do you feel about Zombies? We're thinking of going to ZombiCon." Ended with a text reading, "Leave NOW! We just heard gunshots."

Yeah, that escalated quickly.

Here's what happened:

I'm struggling to find words. And you know that doesn't happen often. But.... a person opened fire, killing someone and injuring several others, at a street festival that was raising money for art and music in the community.

Please do all of us in SW Florida a favor and say a prayer for Fort Myers. Not just a prayer for the police officers and detectives who are trying to locate the person (I use that term loosely) who caused this incident, but a prayer for the whole city. That we would band together and spread love. It starts with you. All of you, any of you, even just one of you.

I know this can't really be you, Fort Myers and I am eager to see what lies ahead.

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