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Letter: Capturing the Spirit of a Life

To the Editor:

On Monday mornings, I consistently pick up the Valley News and flip it over to read the “A Life” feature. And just as consistently, I find a thoughtful and inspiring reflection on the life of someone from our community. It is a bonus that these pieces are done by staff writers who typically cover different topics for the paper.

Last week, the Valley News published back-to-back articles about the drowning death of Ernest Amoh. Unlike the “A Life” columns, these news stories were written under the pressure of immediate deadlines and limited information. The articles managed to portray the humanity of the young man who died and those who endeavored to save his life. The writing also conveyed the tragic loss in the context of otherwise celebratory activities related to Dartmouth commencement.

It is never easy to capture the spirit of a life in the pages of a newspaper, and it is even more difficult to cover the news of a death with compassion and grace. Thank you for your efforts on both fronts.

Richard McNulty



Police Release Name of Victim in Connecticut River Drowning

Friday, June 7, 2013

Hanover — A classmate at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, described 20-year-old Ernest Amoh, who police have identified as the victim of an accidental drowning in the Connecticut River Wednesday night, as “a sweetheart.” Amoh, a rising sophomore at Trinity, was attending a senior week cookout at the Chieftain Motor Inn with his older brother, Dartmouth College senior Justice …