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Must-click link: One of the saddest stories relating to the Lokomotiv tragedy you’ll read

Sep 8, 2011, 7:30 AM EDT

Karlis Skrastins Getty Images

It’s difficult to find the right words in trying to describe what happened on Wednesday surrounding the events in Russia. The plane crash that resulted in 43 deaths including nearly the entire roster of KHL team Lokomotiv Yaroslavl is a story too gruesome and too sad for any of us to comprehend in a normal way.

For one sports fan in Texas, his encounter with the tragedy in Russia was a far more direct and saddening one. Hearing and reading about what happened in Russia and being affected by that is one thing, but having to drive the family of one of the players killed to the airport so they could fly to Russia because of it is another thing entirely.

Such is the story that’s told as the author at A Chick’s Perspective tells the tale of having to take Karlis Skrastins’ family to the airport where their lives were about to be changed for the worse.

If you’re not eager to read this, we understand. It’s a very sad and moving story and works as an outsider’s take on a story that doesn’t quite directly involve them. Instead, it throws them into the middle of the entire situation with a gut-wrenching twist.

Update (9/8 – 10 p.m.): As noted in the comments, the author has removed the post out of respect for Skrastins’ family.

  1. TestSubjekt - Sep 8, 2011 at 9:04 PM

    blog post removed.

    I have removed this post. I wrote it without malice to the family, and I hope that the comments that were made about it will serve as a tribute. My apologies to the family. I meant no harm.

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