This blog post was written by Alexandria small business owner Carol Supplee following last week’s fatal attack in Old Town.
The Alexandria business community lost one of its own today. “Man found slain in Alexandria business,” read one headline. It’s shocking and sobering and terribly sad. It’s an event that reminds us of our vulnerability. It reminds us that we must always be looking out for our colleagues, friends and neighbors. It traumatizes those immediately involved. To passers by it was mostly a curiosity or even an annoyance. There were yards and yards of crime scene tape all around the 1200 block of King Street and the block was closed for at least eight hours on Friday, July 13. The Alexandria Police Department took a suspect into custody at the scene, so we are calmed by their quick response, their interviews at the scene and the idea that there is no immediate and lurking danger out there.
Then I am remembering. Many business owners will have experienced some threat to personal safety or loss that now comes back to haunt us. We get through those experiences again by being there to support each other. That’s what the community does. And business will go on as usual.
Then I come back to the event and the loss of a life never to be returned which is an entirely different matter. The victim, the victim’s family, the murderer and the murder’s family are now one in a tragic loss.
This one was up close and personal.