He was on "that" plane and he is dead. I am sitting 200 yards from his house and I realize what this pickup is all about. I am about to pick up the family of this man. A family that went to bed last night without a care in the world. A family that had no plans to board a Lufthansa flight to Europe when they woke up this morning. This explains why it was added to my schedule at 12:15 today. Is this for real?
If you're not in the mood to cry, don't click this link, because this is the saddest account of Wednesday's plane crash that you're likely to read. It brings fully into perspective the loss that the family of each victim is feeling in the aftermath of the tragedy.
This is Karlis Skrastins' daughter, rooting for her now-deceased father at the Vancouver Olympics in 2010.
These aren't hockey players, really. I mean, they are, but that's pretty insignificant. More importantly, they're people with families, and 43 families are mourning today, including the little girl pictured above. It really puts the scope of this tragedy into perspective.
H/T to Japers' Rink for this photo.