Jimmy Greene had been a jazzman for most of his 38 years…He had dozens of albums…played with…Freddie Hubbard. He was a scholar, too, teaching jazz at…university…Greene’s 6-year-old daughter, Ana Márquez-Greene…was a student at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut…the day a gunman killed Ana along with 19 other children and 6 educators. “I don’t know if we’ll ever feel whole again,” Mr. Greene said of his family, Nelba Márquez-Greene, his wife, and their son, Isaiah, 9, who was also in the school that morning but was unharmed. “I still cry every day — we all do. I don’t know if there’s a day when we won’t.”
Indian School Deaths: A Village’s Pain Compounded By Poverty
Above: Chandra Devi lost two of her children last week when they consumed a free school lunch in Gandaman village, India. They were among 23 children who died in the tragedy.
Below: The empty classroom where the students were served meals tainted with pesticide.
"We are small people. What can we really do about this?" asks Surendra Prasad, perched on the steps outside the Patna Medical College and Hospital in the state capital of Bihar in eastern India.
Inside, two of his young children are recovering in the intensive care unit. His wife has also been admitted, in shock after another child, their 10-year-old daughter, Mamta, died along with 22 other children who ate a free school midday meal in their village last Tuesday. Authorities say the food was tainted with high concentrations of toxic insecticide.
Mamta’s grandmother breaks down describing how the little girl slipped away.
"She was saying to me, ‘Don’t worry — everything will be all right,’ then suddenly she died," says the elderly woman, her face etched in grief.
(Photos: Anoo Bhuyan/NPR)