Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Latest on Cecilia Zhang's Legacy

I just read a news story about the Cecilia Zhang scholarship fund for music students. amp;cid=1103065819324&call_pageid=968332188492&col =968793972154

"It was a very sad thing that happened to her, but some goodness came from it," said the soft-spoken Anna. "Sometimes I think of Cecilia when I'm playing."

Anna Vertypolokh is the recipient of a $2800 grant. She is a gifted pianist, and she is only 10 years old.

I remember the day I was riding in my dad's car, on the way to school or some place, and we heard on the news that a girl had been abducted from her bedroom overnight. When her parents went to get her in the morning, she was gone. It was so frightening to think that something so frightening can happen to a child. Later, her body was discovered and now, her killer is in jail.

How ironic that today, as Cecilia's trust fund has benefitted another child to help fulfill Anna's dreams, somewhere far away, in another country, a young man was murdered after what appears to be a fake attempt at kidnapping for ransom.

This was a young man who liked to play football. Cecilia was a young girl who liked to play music and who loved animals. How could there be human beings out there, who are so cold-blooded and so beastly that they could take life away from these two innocent people?

My friend said of this young man's family, that the father quit his job and started his own business, bought a new house so that his family can live comfortably. Parents who work so hard to provide for their children, who try their hardest to make life good for their children, how do they go on after this?

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