- Posted January 3, 2013 by
Oldbridge, New Jersey
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Newtown school shooting: Thoughts and tributes
Even in Death, Bryan Breen Makes the World a Better Place
Beautiful words by Brian Campbell. Go to following link to read more: http://blog.nj.com/njv_brian_campbell/2013/01/even_in_death_bryan_breen_make.html
"He was a great son," wrote his father, just a few days after the unthinkable had happened. "And we are very proud, sad parents right now."
His son's name was Bryan Breen. He showed up to work one August day in his home town of Old Bridge and was murdered. A deranged young person took out a gun and sprayed the overnight shift at Pathmark before turning the gun on himself. Two young people, as innocent as they come, lay dead on a supermarket floor. Bryan Breen, 24, was one of them; Cristina LoBrutto, 18, was the other.
It is the question that no one can ever answer, one that circles around every tragedy.
Why do very bad things happen to very good people?
Bryan Breen was a very good person, and young. He was gentle. He smiled a lot. He inquired about others, he lent a helping hand, he interacted with strangers, he said hello to everyone who walked past. By all accounts he was humble, positive, friendly, and compassionate. By all accounts, he improved the world with his simple, everyday actions. Bryan Breen was working towards becoming a teacher and oh what a teacher he would have been. He wanted to someday get married and oh what a husband he would have made. He shouldn't have been killed for standing in the wrong place at the wrong time.