Most of you who follow me on Twitter or Facebook already know that it’s been an incredibly difficult week for many of the people connected to Bikers Church.
It was a week ago this morning that news began to filter out about a tragic shooting on a quiet road near Claresholm, Alberta. An ex-boyfriend rammed a vehicle off the road, killing three people and seriously wounding one other. The wounded victim turned out to be Shayna Conway, a beautiful young lady who I love like a daughter. Her dad, Scott, has been an active member of the church almost since it’s beginnings, and currently lives with my family.
The news rocked us. Obviously. At first, we had no idea what condition Shayna was in. When Scott finally made his way to the Calgary hospital where Shayna was taken, he began to update us on her condition. She would live, but the road to recovery would take time.
In the past week, I’ve taken on the role of spokesperson for the family. I was grateful that the family asked me to do that, because it allows me to do something tangible. As many of you can imagine, those who love Shayna and her family just want to step up and help in whatever way they can.
Today, one week after the shooting, Shayna continues to recover in ICU. We are praying that later today, doctors will be able to remove the breathing tube so that she can begin to speak. Until that time, Shayna communicates mainly by
writing out letters on the palm of her parent’s hands. She was using paper, but holding their hands allows things to be more intimate.
While Shayna continues her recovery, the other families mourn their losses. Tabitha’s funeral was yesterday. As I type these words, Mitch’s funeral is taking place in PEI. Tomorrow, Tanner will be remembered. The shooter’s family, also grieving this week, will hold a private funeral. Our prayers go out to all four families during this incredibly difficult time.
Shayna’s mom and dad will be by her side as long as she is in Calgary. As you can imagine, that is challenging financially. Even after Shayna is released from hospital, she will have a long journey ahead of her. To help support the family, a trust fund has been set up. If you’d like to help out, here’s the info:
TD Canada Trust
Branch # 80679
Account # 6480005
If you have a blog, it would be great if you would take a minute and pass on that information.
This will likely be my final post before Christmas, and so let me take a minute to wish all my friends a very Merry Christmas. It is in the midst of tragedy that I am reminded again of the incredible message that God came near. He is there in the hospital with Shayna. He is there, surrounding the families of those who are grieving during this season. And, he is there with you.