I'm still in shock, saddened and trying to process what happened yesterday when one of our own city family members took his life at City Hall.
I'm numb and can't seem to shake the unbelief. This must be a dream.
I went back to City Hall tonight, for more hugs and tears. We're all in this together now. We stumble. There are no answers. What are all these tv people still doing here?
The flowers, candles, kind notes. (Thanks, Greg for doing this). We see former mayors, many employees, policemen and policewomen. We meet Costa Mesans we've never met before who came tonight because they too were sad. More hugs. They do seem to take away the pain if only for a moment.
We pray for Huy's friends and family and read the messages about his life. Thankful for his committment to our city. He was a good worker.
We hate to leave but finally drive away in the darkness.
We love our city, and now, we really do know it: we love each other too. Any differences we might have had over the years don't matter now. And all that matters is that we Costa Mesans stick together and try to be there for each other--and especially for our employees, through this trying time. This won't be easy and it won't be over soon. Miles to go before we sleep kind of thing. Maybe Huy is smiling from Heaven. In his own way, Huy is bringing us together. And that has to be a good thing.