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Postby acsguitar » Fri Oct 06, 2006 5:42 pm

Wow this is amazing. How brave is this

http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/10/06/amish. ... index.html

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania (Reuters) -- One of the girls who died in Pennsylvania's Amish schoolhouse massacre asked the killer to shoot her first in an apparent bid to save the younger girls, a woman who spoke to the victim's family said Friday.

Rita Rhoads, a nurse-midwife who delivered 13-year-old Marian Fisher as well as another victim, said Fisher appealed to Charles Carl Roberts IV to shoot her first because she thought it might allow younger girls to survive.

Rhoads said she did not know whether Fisher in fact was shot first. Roberts shot 10 girls ages 6 to 13, killing five of them and then himself in Monday's rampage.

Fisher's 11-year-old sister, Barbie, appealed to Roberts to shoot her next, Rhoads said. Barbie survived and was in Children's Hospital of Philadelphia recovering from shoulder, hand and leg injuries.

"Barbie has been talking and she said Marian said, 'Shoot me first,"' Rhoads said. "Apparently what she was trying to do was to save the younger girls."

Barbie, who attended her sister's funeral Thursday before returning to the hospital, gave details of her ordeal to relatives including her grandfather, who told Rhoads, the midwife said in a telephone interview.

"It was very courageous of the girls to offer themselves," Rhoads said. "God was really present to give the girls that kind of courage."

Pennsylvania state police were not immediately available for comment.

Roberts, 32, a local non-Amish milk truck driver, attacked the one-room schoolhouse at Nickel Mines, a farming community in Lancaster County about 60 miles west of Philadelphia.

He allowed boys and adults to leave and then tied the legs of the girls before shooting them, police said.

Four of the girls including Marian Fisher were buried Thursday and a fifth funeral was being buried Friday.

The Amish, descendants of Swiss-German settlers, are a traditionalist Christian denomination who place particular importance on the Gospel message of forgiveness. They believe in nonviolence, simple living and little contact with the modern world.
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Postby Big Pimpin » Fri Oct 06, 2006 5:46 pm

8-o

That's unbelievable. How courageous, and how very, very sad. :,-( :,-(
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Postby Simulacrum » Fri Oct 06, 2006 6:06 pm

We could all learn a lot from the amish.. I heard they issued a statement saying they had already forgiven that maniac that killed those girls. I can't even imagine. :-S
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Postby acsguitar » Fri Oct 06, 2006 7:08 pm

Simulacrum wrote:We could all learn a lot from the amish.. I heard they issued a statement saying they had already forgiven that maniac that killed those girls. I can't even imagine. :-S


I know I can't even forgive Torre for not pinch bunting for posada last night
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Postby Madison » Fri Oct 06, 2006 7:23 pm

Simulacrum wrote:We could all learn a lot from the amish.. I heard they issued a statement saying they had already forgiven that maniac that killed those girls. I can't even imagine. :-S


Me neither. Honestly not sure if I could ever forgive someone for killing a child of mine. Amazing story. :,-(
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Postby Coppermine » Fri Oct 06, 2006 7:34 pm

Simulacrum wrote:We could all learn a lot from the amish.. I heard they issued a statement saying they had already forgiven that maniac that killed those girls. I can't even imagine. :-S


Not only have they already forgiven him, but the Amish community insisted that support be given to the killers' family. Especially so soon after the tragedy, to even care a wink about this guy's family is amazingly humbling.
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Postby The Miner Part 2 » Fri Oct 06, 2006 7:36 pm

this story is mind crushingly tragic. im suprised any of the girls survived. :,-(
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Postby raiders_umpire » Fri Oct 06, 2006 8:07 pm

Simulacrum wrote:We could all learn a lot from the amish.. I heard they issued a statement saying they had already forgiven that maniac that killed those girls. I can't even imagine. :-S





No chance I could forgive that guy if he had killed my 7 year old.
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Postby Half Massed » Fri Oct 06, 2006 8:29 pm

That really shows the depth of human strength and compassion. Some things are just humbling, and this is one of them.
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Postby RyanK » Fri Oct 06, 2006 10:07 pm

acsguitar wrote:
Simulacrum wrote:We could all learn a lot from the amish.. I heard they issued a statement saying they had already forgiven that maniac that killed those girls. I can't even imagine. :-S


I know I can't even forgive Torre for not pinch bunting for posada last night


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