Michelle – This Only Happens To Other Families

January 16, 2013

Yesterday we learned that my 17-year old niece Michelle was shot and killed in Baltimore.  She had been attending school there.

We all hope to remain healthy as we grow old.  We hope never to bury one of our children.  Michelle was vibrant, loved to ride.  She had a terrific smile and a great sense of humor.  She was bright and (when she wasn’t acting like a teenager) was sweet and caring.  How we will all miss her.  She was the only child of my eldest (little) brother and his wife.  I searched my digital files and found this photo from Christmas 2010.  I will always think of her this way.

Hug your children close today.


  1. Sherilyn says:

    Oh, Penni, I am so sorry to hear of this tragedy. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. It’s never right for a parent to have to bury a child…one of the hardest things I could ever imagine doing. I pray that you find peace and comfort in the knowledge that Michelle is now in His loving arms. RIP Michelle.

  2. Merinda says:

    So sorry to hear this Penni! Such a tragedy 🙁

  3. jean from NM says:

    This is just unthinkable. And how awful for your brother and his wife — their only child. I can’t imagine.

  4. Taryn says:

    How horrible. I am so very sorry.

  5. Cheryl says:

    I am so sorry for your family, Penni. There are no words to comfort you and your brother and his wife.

  6. Robin says:

    My heart was just broken. I have followed your blog with great admiration and joy for so long. I send you, your brother and your sister-in-law all my intentions for healing. I signed on to Gabbie Giffords and Mark Kelly’s PAC against gun violence just this week. This must be stopped.

  7. Maryk says:

    Oh Penni.

    I wish I had some magical words to take away your family’s pain. I will keep you in my prayers.

    God bless and keep you all.

  8. Oh, Penni.

    Unimaginably awful. I am so sorry. I am thinking about you all, and sending much sympathy.

  9. Sandy Carr says:

    I think remembering Michelle with that grin on her face will help yours come back. So sorry for the unhappiness.