Living with love in Corey’s honor

As journalists, it is our job to find out the who, what, when, where, how and most importantly the why of any given situation. We seek to provide our community with answers and explanations for anything that has happened.

But sometimes we can never find a reason why.

We are heartbroken for the family and loved ones of Corey Brown, the Marshalltown teen who went missing and was found dead Sunday. We have no answers for why what could have happened to any family in any community happened to the Browns in our town. We have no answer for why this horrible tragedy had to happen.

One thing we do know is that this community will support the Browns. No one will ever be able to understand what they are going through, but we will be here for them in whatever they need. Our community stands together and united as one no matter the circumstances. A loss to any of us is a loss to all of us.

We do not have control over everything that happens in life. We cannot make decisions for anyone but ourselves. We cannot get hung up on why some terrible, unfathomable tragedies take place.

But we can choose to love one another because we don’t know when the last time with our loved ones may be. We can decide to put the most important things in life first. We can be thankful for the time we get with our loved ones and hold each other a little closer in appreciation for those moments.

We commend the Marshalltown Police and area agencies that stepped up in the investigation. Their jobs are never easy and we appreciate their commitment to finding answers for the Browns.

Corey’s life ended too soon. We will never understand why, but we can choose to live our lives with great purpose and love in his honor.