Cook: Grief and the violence of July 16

Jala Smith, left, and Asia Smith embrace at a roadside memorial on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, in Chattanooga, Tenn., in the aftermath of a Tuesday night shooting in the 800 block of North Willow Street that killed their brother, 20-year-old Frederick Jordan Clark.

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Person shot to death in Chattanooga street'His life mattered': Friends and family mourn as police investigate another deadly gang shooting

photo Blue is the predominate color at a roadside memorial seen Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, in Chattanooga, Tenn., in the aftermath of a Tuesday night shooting in the 800 block of North Willow Street that killed 20-year-old Frederick Jordan Clark.

The five servicemen killed on July 16? Their lives mattered. Immeasurably. Indescribably so.

Yet I must confess: My grief over their deaths has outweighed my grief over other local shooting deaths. It's as if, for some reason, their deaths mattered more than other deaths, as if their lives were somehow more valuable than the lives of others killed in our city.

And