The Tragedy of Needless Death

By Joel Robbins
On October 17, 2015

This morning I walked for Chris Kutcher. He couldn’t walk. He was killed by a drunk driver on June 7, 2014. Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) organized a walk and Renee Kutcher Loncar formed a group to walk together on behalf of her life’s partner, Chris.

I was struck by the tragedy of needless death, and yet surrounded by the joyousness of the people whose love and devotion was so great that they could see past their own tears in order to try and prevent drunk driving deaths for others.

It reminded me of what Robert F. Kennedy said after the death of Martin Luther King:
“My favorite poem, my — my favorite poet was Aeschylus, and he once wrote:
Even in our sleep, pain which cannot forget
falls drop by drop upon the heart,
until, in our own despair,
against our will,
comes wisdom
through the awful grace of God.”

Thank you Renee and thank God for all of those who are out there turning tears into wisdom.

Chris Kutcher memorial walk

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