When we heard the persistent clatter of automatic weapons above a terrified throng of people out for a night of music in Las Vegas Sunday we could not help but wonder if friends or family were in the crowd there that night.
We crossed our fingers and held our breath as the roster of those killed and wounded in this latest atrocity in a string of atrocities was released – and the names of the dead and wounded began to filter back to friends and loved ones in their home towns.
Two of those killed had roots in San Ramon, it turned out, graduating as Grizzlies from California High School in the 70s and 80s and remembered by friends who saw their names and realized they had been taken.
On Monday, a floral tribute to Cal High grads Stacee Rodrigues Etcheber and Denise Cohen, killed in Sunday’s mass shooting, appeared outside the school. Etcheber was in the graduating class of ‘85 while Cohen graduated in ‘77.