The day was warm outside, but the courtroom was chilly. Brian and Shannon Gore sat next to their attorneys at the front, neither showing any emotion as the charges against them were read and as witnesses testified.
Witnesses today included four law enforcement officers, one pediatric child abuse doctor, and one friend.
My heart went out to Shannon’s friend who had to testify. Many of us know what it is like to be betrayed by a friend, someone we’ve poured our hearts out to, someone we love on an entirely different level than our partners.
It hurts. A lot.
Hopefully this trial will bring healing and closure for everyone, including the law enforcement officers who struggled with the enormity of this crime, the parents and families of the accused, and the friends who had to wake up to an entirely new reality in their world on April 29, 2011.
And may Connor Scott Gore, 7 month old baby boy, rest in peace.