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Old 02-20-2004, 08:43 AM   #1
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One Year Ago Today

...was The Station nightclub tragedy in Rhode Island. 100 people died, and so many others were severely injured

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Old 02-20-2004, 09:53 AM   #2
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[Q]Sal and Peggy Paterno of Pembroke visit their daughter's grave every day. They say it helps to talk to her, to let her know that her sons, Jake, 7, and Jared, 5, are having fun in school and haven't forgotten their mother's warmth.

Laura Paterno-Gillett, 32, lived with her parents and was planning to return from The Station at a decent hour so she could spend the next day with her sons. Peggy Paterno became worried when it got to be midnight, then 1 a.m, and then 2.

No sign of Laura.

‘‘I called her cell phone twice. It rang, but she didn't have it with her,'' Peggy Paterno said as she sat in her living room on a recent evening. ‘‘I said, ‘Laura, this is Mom. It's getting late.'''

Those were the last words she would say to her daughter, who was trapped in the burning nightclub with 99 other victims. Investigators told the Paternos that toxic smoke killed their daughter before the flames got to her - a lone piece of comfort as they prepared for her funeral.

‘‘Your parents are supposed to die before you,'' said Sal Paterno, who visits his daughter's grave as many as four times a day. ‘‘I know we're not the only ones going through this, but sometimes it feels that way.''[/Q]

http://ledger.southofboston.com/arti...ews/news02.txt

She was a great person.
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The Chicago Club disaster one-year anniversary was last monday too.
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I shudder to think of what those people went through. Does anyone remember that at the Grammy Awards just a few days later, not one person mentioned the tragedy? Those people died because they wanted to listen to music, and no one thought to say a word.
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Oh, wow. Funny, I didn't hear anything on the news about it (then again, I didn't watch it for very long today, so...).

Such a sad day that was...the footage was so scary.

May those who lost their lives continue to rest in peace.
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I can't believe it wasa year ago .. it seems like just yesterday.
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these are periods where we should all do deep reflections, it's sad, so sad
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Sandy and Mike Hoogasian. Mike got a tattoo of a flame on his shouler that very afternoon, and ended up with tickets because he met a member of Great White at the tattoo parlor. He ran back in to find Sandy.

It was on my mind all day Friday and Saturday. I live ten minutes from where the Station was. My brother was supposed to go that night...thank God the show sold out before he could get any tickets.

I'm very sorry about your friend Laura, Dreadsox. Sandy was not a close friend of mine, but we had a lot of fun together at work. Everyone was so young, so many families were left wondering why.
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My heart still aches for all those families who lost loved ones
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I'm very sorry about your friend Laura, Dreadsox. Sandy was not a close friend of mine, but we had a lot of fun together at work. Everyone was so young, so many families were left wondering why.
Thank you

I am sorry for the loss of your friend as well.

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I'm so sorry about your friends Dreadsox and Schmeg
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