When I read this tragic story out of Bay St. Louis, MS…I couldn’t help but recall Laura Bush’s remarks this past week in Mississippi…“What we’re seeing is that people can call
upon their own resources. I think people are dealing with it.”
A murder/suicide in Old Town Bay St. Louis has stunned the Hancock County community. Police say prominent Bay St. Louis businessman Carl Heitzmann shot his wife, Mimi to death then turned the gun on himself.
Carl Heitzmann was a well known
contractor in town who built hundreds of custom homes in Hancock County
and throughout the Coast. He also built and leased space in several
commercial buildings along Highway 90 in the Bay.
Heitzmann was an accomplished author, writing such books as “No More
Tears In Heaven” and her latest, “Spell Bound on the Bay.”
Chuck Benvenutti, a relative of the
victims, said, “Carl and Mimi are casualties of Katrina. They’re just
as much casualties as those people who lost their lives. Depression is
here in Bay St. Louis. Dealing with the post-Katrina, you can’t begin
to fathom unless you’re living here. And you don’t realize how bad it
is for some people until something like this happens.”
“Mimi and Carl were both great people,
great people in the community,” Benvenutti said. “It’s just a terrible
thing and right now, I suggest you hold your loved one. And if they
need some help, get them to see somebody. There’s help out there. We
all think we’re made of steel, but we’re not.”
People are still suffering in so many different ways. I’ll never understand how this has been allowed to happen…to continue to happen and we know it is happening.
It is a marathon and dwelling in the midst of the tragedy and despair is hope and rebirth as TravelingMermaid points to.