First of all, if you didn’t see the tragedy in South Florida yesterday, then here’s a link to the full story from NBC News (Click Here)
We at 1 North 2 West would like to express our deepest condolences to all the families affected, and to the community of Parkland as a whole. The acts of pure evil and terrorism don’t go unseen, though it seems like it. We couldn’t imagine being involved in such a tragic event. Especially the two of us in high school. Once again, our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families, and the community. Stay strong Parkland.
As some athletes and other celebrities were weighing in on the event, others were starting to take action. Chicago Cubs’ first baseman, Anthony Rizzo, left the Cubs Spring Training Camp and returned to his hometown of Parkland, Florida shortly after hearing the horrifying news. Rizzo graduated from Majory Stoneman Douglas High School in 2007 and was selected by the Red Sox the same year. Here were Rizzo’s first thoughts on the matter.
Cubs’ players and staff remain behind him, including manager Joe Maddon who told Rizzo to “Take as much time as you want” and to “Get back to us if there was anything we can do to help.”
“I know Anthony will have a big influence in Florida, but it’s so sad that it happened. I can’t imagine what some of those people are going through. It speaks to who Anthony Rizzo really is. Anthony is a role model for everyone on this team and in Chicago and this country. I know he’ll do anything to help.” Said Rizzo’s teammate Kris Bryant.
Just minutes ago, Anthony Rizzo fought through tears as he delivered a speech at a vigil held for Wednesday’s victims.
I’ll leave my full take out of this, but he’s right. Something needs to change.
Thoughts and prayers to everyone affected by the Parkland tragedy.