After another mass shooting in America, these survivors stand ready to help the victims' families
March 23, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
Compression ratio: 54.8%. 2 min read.
Sandy Phillips says every single time there's another mass shooting in the US, her mind runs back to the moment she received the dreaded news nearly nine years ago -- that her daughter was among 12 people killed in the Aurora theater shooting.
(CNN)Sandy Phillips says every single time there's another mass shooting in the US, her mind runs back to the moment she received the dreaded news nearly nine years ago -- that her daughter was among 12 people killed in the Aurora theater shooting.
"I've heard from dozens of survivors today who are back down on their knees, being re-traumatized by what they're hearing on the news and it's one of those moments -- like we had last week -- that continues to replay itself in America," she said.
In less than a week, two mass shootings have shaken the nation: Eight people were killed at Atlanta-area spas and days later, ten people were killed at a Boulder, Colorado, supermarket.
In the US so far this year, there have been at least six mass shootings with four or more people killed.
Now, Phillips says she hopes she is able to get the message out to the survivors of the Boulder and Atlanta shootings that her organization is here and ready to help however they can.
"I hope these people hear about us so we can offer our services," she said.
Because she's lived through it herself, Phillips says she knows all too well what the coming weeks will look like for those who lost a loved one.
Phillips says the group tries to communicate to survivors what they can expect in the next days, weeks, months -- and years -- and assist them in how to define a new normal, "which is very far from normal," Phillips says.
"Even for myself, I mean we've been doing this for almost nine years now and here we are going through the same pain because we know what they're going through," she said.