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- Except for her passionate love of South Africa, Amy Biehl was a typical Southern California kid, a straight-A student and a college diving champion who would end her diatribes against apartheid with the words `Free Mandela!' So it was not surprising that when she won a Fulbright scholarship, she opted to go to South Africa and immerse herself in the country's culture and politics. But her young life ended abruptly in 1994 when she was stoned and stabbed to death by a mob of angry, young, black militants. She was killed by the very people whose cause she was fighting for. But instead of being angry with her murderers, her parents did something so atypical that it boggles the mind.
- Christmas had always been a happy season in the Kingsley home. But not this year. Tragedy had robbed it of its brightest ornament - the Kingsley's only child, a strikingly attractive girl of 18. Her life had been suddenly snuffed out in an automobile accident six months before. And although the loss had been a crushing one to both parents, Marian Kingsley seemed inconsolable. "Christmas! How I hate the very sound of that word!" she had exclaimed bitterly to her husband at the beginning of the holiday season. "I don't want to see a piece of tinsel or a sprig of holly or a scrap of Christmas wrappings anywhere!" So she avoided the Christmas crowds as much as possible. Whenever anyone called out "Merry Christmas", Marian's lips would tighten, and a bitter angry gleam would flash from her eyes."Merry Christmas to me - when all I have are the ashes of memory!"
- ("Margaret Tayler Yates was a Navy wife, who was living in the Pearl Harbor area at the time of the Japanese attack in 1941. For more than a year before that, she'd been bed-ridden due to a heart condition....")
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