I didn't know her. Her name is Lauren McCain and that beautiful smile belongs to the cousin of a friend of mine. A monster (who shall remain nameless on this blog) bought his celebrity with her life and 31 others. His picture will be shown on the news long after hers. His name will be remembered by the world long after hers. He should be punished with anonymity. She should not. Her name is Lauren McCain. Her family is from Oklahoma.
ADDENDUM (4/23/07): I didn't know a thing about Lauren McCain when I posted this picture. Now I do. I've never met Lauren or her family (other than her distant cousin who attends church with me) but reading about Lauren is like seeing the sunlight break through a whirlwind. When her family's pain becomes less unspeakable, someone will write a book about Lauren. I wish them luck trying to explain what beauty is. She was extraordinary. EXTRAORDINARY. I have no doubt Lauren would have changed the world had she lived. She may change it anyway. She has left a lasting impression on it.
Sitemeter shows that dozens of people have come here in the past few days looking for information about Lauren McCain. I don't know much. But, I've wept for this girl. She would probably say, however, to weep for her killer instead. Lauren was buried yesterday (April 22, 2007) in Shawnee, Oklahoma.
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