I think the outpouring of support and love for Rocco is emblematic of the wonderful city in which we live. It has been touching to see the way in which we have rallied around an animal who spent his life protecting us.
All that said, I genuinely hope that each and every time a child in this city dies because of violence we learn to react the same way. Last May a 15-month-old child was murdered in East Hills. We didn’t fly the flags at half-staff, we didn’t hold a public memorial service and, to date, we have not found his killer (“Months Later, Baby Marcus’ Killers Remain at Large,” Jan. 19).
This isn’t about doing any less for Rocco, but maybe we should make this about doing more for the children among us.