So much has been said and published about the many aspects of Officer Derek Kotecki's life -- his job, his wife and children, his attendance at church and his friends. I would like to extend my sympathies to all who knew this man.
But in the same way, I would like to extend my sympathies to the Post family. All that was published was the evil that this young man committed.
But Charlie was also a creation of God. He was a son whose parents and family are grieving too.
Please don't hold what he did against his family. Offer your sympathies to them as well, for their need may be greater than the Kotecki family's. Do not judge the family for what was done.
In our church bulletin was the following quotation: "God Himself does not propose to judge a man until he is dead. So why should you?"
May both families have comfort and peace. And may their sons' memories be eternal before the sight of God.
The Rev. Joseph Rabickow
The writer is a priest at St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church in New Kensington.
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