A sad shalom

I have been in the news business since 1975, and this is the most painful story I’ve ever had to cover. It’s been a week to the day since the Butwin family was celebrating the 47th birthday of James Butwin.

Today, we got the piece of the news that none of us who knew the family really wanted to hear.

Dr. Gregory Hess, the chief medical examiner of Pima County, confirmed that all five members of the Tempe family were in the burning SUV found last Saturday morning in a desert area of Pinal County.

Hess also said that the pathologist, Dr. Veena Singh, had determined they had died of gunshot wounds and that James Butwin’s wound was self-inflicted.

There’s nothing more to say. May their memories be a blessing and may they rest in peace as we enter Shabbat. — Salvatore Caputo


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