I sit there, in front of them all; the coroner, the jury, the press, the families. The latter stare at me, no signs of emotion, as I am walked through my evidence. And then, the pain begins to show on their faces, as I am asked to name them, one by one; Austin, Jonas, Lin, Wu, Emma. Each time a name is mentioned, images return to me from the past, memories that have no business here in 2010, 8 years on, yet I need to remember every detail, for the families, and for those that died on that fateful day.
May they rest in peace, and may this finally mark the beginning of peace for their families and friends.
2 years ago