February 2007 – Vol. IV, Issue 2
On a Personal Note: Spreading Love through Tragedy
Last week, a young man walked into Salt Lake City’s Trolley Square Mall armed with a shotgun and handgun and a backpack full of ammunition. His plan was simply to kill as many people as possible. A young, off-duty police officer from Ogden, Utah, was having dinner with his wife when he heard the pop of gunfire. He hurried out of the restaurant to check it out, and came across the gunman. He sent his wife back to the restaurant to call 911 and let them know that he was engaging the gunman, that he was not in uniform, so that they would not mistake him for the perpetrator. By this time, the gunman had already taken five lives and injured others. The quick actions of this off-duty police officer, Ken Hammond, as well as the Salt Lake City Police Department’s quick arrival (within three minutes of the first 911 call), saved countless lives. Within six minutes, the gunman was down.
This is a tragedy on so many levels. Yet, I have been given permission to share an opportunity with each of you. If you would like to send a greeting card to the families of the victims, as well as the family of the young Bosnian gunman, Sulejmen Talovic, you may do so by following the instructions below. I am proud to represent such a wonderful and generous company as Send Out Cards. If you have any questions about how to send your cards, please let me know. Spread some love today!
“On February 12th, 2006, a deadly shooting occurred at Salt Lake City’s historic mall, Trolley Square. Five bystanders and the shooter himself were killed and at least 4 others were seriously injured. The gunman was ultimately stopped after a shootout with police. Ken Hammond, an off-duty police officer from Ogden, Utah, stalled the shooter until additional officers arrived.
“Through SendOutCards, we have the opportunity to show our love and support for the families of the victims, the survivors, and the brave men who ended the violence. Please take some time to send a card to one of the families, if not all of them.
“The following is a list of persons that were killed in the shooting:
- Teresa Ellis, 29
- Brad Frantz, 24
- Kirsten Hinckley, 15
- Vanessa Quinn, 29
- Jeffery Walker, 53
“Wounded and hospitalized are:
- Carolyn Tuft, 43 (mother of Kirsten Hinckley)
- Shawn Munns, 34
- Stacy Hanson, 53
- Alan “A.J.” Walker, 16 (son of Jeffery Walker)
- Ken Hammond, Ogden City Police
- Salt Lake City Police Department
“Because the addresses of the families are confidential, we will be sending these cards a little differently. Please follow the instructions below to make sure your card is sent:
“We have set up a special account for this occasion:
- Log on to www.sendoutcards.com using the username “sendyourlove” and password “sendyourlove”.
- Choose the card you wish to send from the catalog. You will find new cards designed specifically for this purpose under “Sympathy” and “Thank You & Courage”.
- Choose a pre-determined contact from the list we have created. *Please remember, for cards going to the families of the deceased, type “To the family of…” on the inside with your message.*
“All cards will be screened before delivery. Cards with any inappropriate or offensive messages will not be sent.
“Once the cards have been printed, a group of SendOutCards employees will personally deliver the cards to the hospitals where the surviving victims are recovering, as well as to the Police Department, and to the families of the deceased.
“All of us here in Salt Lake City have been affected by what occured on Monday the 12th of February. We as a company strongly believe that this gesture of support will greatly impact the lives of the many people who were involved. Your efforts to help are greatly appreciated.