Credit: Cornelius Swart,

Trying to make sense of Tuesday’s school shooting at Reynolds High School in Troutdale may be the hardest thing our community is asked to do. When blameless people suffer the unimaginable, it tests our belief in a loving and purpose-filled universe. And yet that’s what humans do. We always try to make sense of things we don’t understand.

Maybe as the healing begins we can consider American author Rabbi  Harold Kishner’s view  on tragedies: All we can do is try to rise above the question “Why did it happen?” and begin to ask the question “What do I do now that it has happened?”

According to there have been 74 school shootings  in the approximately 18 months since the Dec. 14, 2012, Newtown, CT, shooting — more than one school shooting per week in America.

A funeral fund setup on has reached it’s goal of $3,000 as of midnight Tuesday.

The website states the fund was setup by Daniela Makowski, a Reynolds High School alumni.


What do we do now?

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