Thursday, May 18, 2006

Sometimes Words Are Not Enough

It was with great sadness that the Growler learned yesterday of the death of Army Captain Shane Mahaffee, son of our West Street neighbors Skip and Hannelore Mahaffee.

Capt. Mahaffee, who grew up in Alexandria, died in Landstuhl Hospital in Germany on Monday from wounds suffered when his convoy was hit by a roadside bomb near Baghdad on May 5. Capt. Mahaffee had been called up for active duty late last year and had only been in Iraq for three weeks before he was injured. Shane Mahaffee leaves a widow, Jennifer, and two young children, Adelia Rose, 5 (shown above saying goodbye to her dad), and Ethan, 2. The family lives in the Chicago suburbs, where Capt. Mahaffee was a well-liked and respected attorney. He was only 36 years old.

Many in the neighborhood will remember that Skip Mahaffee — a retired Fairfax County cop — spent nearly a year in Baghdad training Iraqi policemen, just returning home last November.

Our hearts go out in sorrow to Hannelore and Skip for their loss and we gratefully acknowledge Shane's commitment and sacrifice for his country.