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Say it early, say it often

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Not really a discussion thread, just a reminder. Take every opportunity to let your loved ones know you appreciate and care about them. There will come a day when it'll be too late.


Len Murray’s 17-year-old son, a junior at the school, sent his parents a chilling text: ‘‘Mom and Dad, there have been shots fired on campus at school. There are police sirens outside. I’m in the auditorium and the doors are locked.’’

A few minutes later, he texted again: ‘‘I’m fine.’’

Murray said he raced to the school only to be stopped by authorities under a highway overpass within view of the school buildings. He said he told his son to save his battery and stop texting, while the boy’s mother told him to turn off his ringer.

Authorities told parents to gather at a nearby hotel to get information.

‘‘I’m scared for the other parents here. You can see the concern in everybody’s faces. Everybody is asking, ‘Have you heard from your child yet?’’’ Murray said.

Murray said he’s had just one thought running through his mind since he got his son’s text: ‘‘All I keep thinking about is when I dropped him off this morning. I usually say, ‘I love you,’ and I didn’t this morning. He’s 17, he’s at that age, and I didn’t say it this morning, and I’m just kicking myself right now over and over and over. Say it early and often, I’m telling you.’’




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