Sometimes tragedy really hits home, even when it happens hundreds of miles away.
I gasped out loud when I heard about the Saskatchewan bus crash involving a hockey team. 15 were killed and almost that many were injured.
I immediately pictured my son and his baseball team, on the bus each week. My heart ached for the coaches and the team... and especially the parents. Because it's the unthinkable, that we've all thought about. And prayed would never happen.
And now, the pain has been magnified and multiplied, by a case of mistaken identity.
One family, who thought their son was dead, has learned that he's alive. Their mourning has turned to joy.
But another family has taken their place.
Update: Hockey player believed killed in Saskatchewan crash misidentified. Coroner's office apologizes, says Parker Tobin, 18, was among those killed. Xavier Labelle survived and is in hospital; condition unknown. https://t.co/uTu8x0HObQ— CBC News Alerts (@CBCAlerts) April 9, 2018
Officials noted that a lot of the players looked the same because they were similar ages and had dyed their hair for their playoff run. That would make it tough for a visual identification.
That hit home, too... because my son's team dyed their hair. Never thought it could cause complications like this. Because, again, it's the unthinkable...
UPDATE: Broncos goalie Parker Tobin (on left) is now listed among those killed in Friday’s crash. His body originally mistaken for Xavier Labelle (right), who is alive. Coroner’s office has apologized for the mistake. #HumboldtStrong pic.twitter.com/IIYRoHYMnf— Tammie Sutherland (@citytammie) April 9, 2018
It's a horrible mistake. And it caused immense pain. But stop and think of the magnitude of this tragedy, not to mention the chaos and confusion... and that coroners are people, too.
This mistake is unbelievable. What these parents have already been through - and are now going through - is incomprehensible.— Erin Chalmers (@ChalmersErin) April 10, 2018
Parker Tobin and Xavier Labelle’s families grieve in solidarity after coroner mixed them up https://t.co/e7dZQFzlfm
I find it disgusting that some people have the audacity to blame the coroner for a mistake. They are human, doing a difficult job that would leave most of us in a weeping heap on the floor. Support one another, we all need it. #PrayersForHumboldt— Hockey Momma💛💚 (@MichWhittington) April 9, 2018
In this time of loss, we need to remember the police officers, EMTs, firefighters, medical professionals and bystanders who did so much to help those they could. They witnessed a scene of unimaginable horror, kept working through it and need our support. https://t.co/htcAfNoRpo— Gord Miller (@GMillerTSN) April 7, 2018
This really got me... and in my mind, I'm thinking "Sandlot" or "Major League"...
God, this hurts to think about.
Prayers for Humboldt.
And prayers for every team, for safe travels... so no other parents have to face what their parents faced.
(Photo credit: Gord Miller )