As the nation reflects on the Sandy Hook School shooting one week after the incident, the wife of a Montville victim of the Pan Am Flight 103 terrorist bombing said the shooting has invoked similar emotions as to those after the event that took her husband.
“Twenty years later, our hearts are still heavy with loss, but the terrorists could not rob us of the love that remains in our hearts for our loved ones that we still hold so dear,” Wendy Sefcik said. “In the wake of the school massacre in Newtown, Conn., our nation is once again brought to its knees from an indescribable horror, but with love and kindness families can move forward."
On Dec. 1, 1988, Pan Am Flight 103 was blown out of the sky by a terrorist bomb, killing all 259 people on board and 11 people on the ground in Lockerbie, Scotland. Among those onboard were 35 college students returning home from a semester abroad and two individuals from Montville, J.P. Flynn and William Giebler Jr. Flynn was survived by his parents, Jack and Kathleen. Sefcik was survived by his wife, Wendy.
The families affected by the tragedy came together lobbying for better airline and airport security and to support one another. Their efforts showed many positive results, including legislation passed and policy changed.
Sefcik said she has hope for the families of Newtown that they can someday find comfort in the support from others across the nation.
"They will never forget, just as we have never forgotten," she said. "Their shattering loss will be part of the core of their being, but hopefully they will gather strength from the love and support surrounding them worldwide, and eventually find peace in their hearts.”
Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated Giebler's last name.