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You don’t need to know someone for their tragic death to hit home. Anything associated with the tragedy – the location, their jobs, or even the sudden, inexplicable loss of innocent life – can trigger the equivalent of a gut punch.
That happened to me yesterday upon learning of the death of US Rep. Jackie Walorski, the five-term Republican US Representative from Indiana’s Second Congressional District. Two of her young aides – her district director, Zachery Potts, 27, and communications director (press secretary) Emma Thomson, 28 – perished while traveling via car north on a two-lane Indiana state road (19) when the vehicle she was riding crossed the southbound lane, killing another driver. Horrific.