Wednesday, June 24, 2009

101 Ways, Part 92: "Was Casually Shot"

For a brief intro to the "101 Ways to Say 'Died'" series, click here.

I know that I already used "shot" as a verb back in part 54, but the circumstances described in that epitaph are so different from those described here that I feel justified in including both.
In Memory of
AEt. 19, who on
21st, March 1794.
being out a hunt-
ing and conceal'd 
in a ditch was
casually shot by

It seems a bit cruel to name the neighbor who accidentally shot Nathaniel Parks — it's not as if Frink murdered Parks in cold blood. Murder victims' gravestones often name the murderer as a public memorial/shaming, but I'm willing to bet that Frink felt bad enough without the constant, public reminder of his mistake.

Frink lived another 50 years and is buried in the same graveyard as Parks.

Nathaniel Parks, Holyoke, MA, 1794
Elmwood Cemetery, Rte. 5
(next to Springfield Calvary Cemetery)

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