When my brother-in-law, Jim Trachsel, was killed, I rushed as fast as I could to be with my sister during the terrible time of human violence that Bonnie and her sons were facing. As the minutes slowly turned into hours, I was mesmerized by the love and kindness given to Bonnie and her sons.
The community's response came within minutes of Jim's death, and has continued throughout the following weeks. At the time of Jim's murder, the friends of Bonnie, Jim, Tyler and Ryan came and just took over the home, preparing the food people brought, taking care of the phone calls, answering the door, and shopping for things that were needed. Anything that was needed, they took care of. Most of all, I was mesmerized by the friends who held Bonnie and her boys in their arms, surrounding them with love as they faced their most sorrowful moments.