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Funeral after funeral, an emotional marathon for survivors of the school shooting

Posted on Monday, February 19, 2018 at 8:09 am

(Washington Post)

Under vacation-blue Florida skies, the young mourners have emerged from family SUVs and minivans at funeral after funeral, high school girls in black dresses and heels and teen boys in black shirts and pants.

“This is physically and emotionally the kind of marathon I never want anyone else to have to run,” said Ken Cutler, a city commissioner, following one of the funerals Sunday for victims of last week’s shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Seventeen people died, mainly teens.

“These are children who have never had death touch their lives,” said Cutler, 58, whose wife is a teacher who survived the shooting.

“Facing your own mortality as an adult is hard enough. I can’t imagine what it is like for a teenager.”