Gerber: A national tragedy in our backyard

Members of the community leave trinkets at a makeshift memorial in front of the Armed Forces Career Center off of Lee Highway where a July 16 shooting spree began that led to the deaths of five military personnel.

Typically in this column I pull back the curtain on the front page and talk about the reasoning behind our headlines, but I don't want to do that today.

I could tell you about our efforts to cover our city's tragedy.

I could tell you about the reporters, photographers and editors who have pulled 15-hour shifts since last Thursday.

I could tell you about how journalists came in from vacation to help because they knew the community needed as much information as possible.

I could tell you about the editor who could barely pitch the next day's story budget because she was holding back tears.

I could explain why we decided to write about the shooter and run his photo.