For as big as Howard County is, it's still small. Something good, or bad, happens and you're likely to know someone who knows someone and suddenly there's a personal connection.
Last Thursday, two women were shot at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Ellicott City.
Brenda Brewington, parish administrator, died at the scene. The Rev. Mary-Marguerite Kohn, co-rector of the church, died Saturday.
Douglas Franklin Jones, the man police believe shot the women, was found dead that same evening in a nearby wooded area, where he was thought to have lived, from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Brewington's son, Chris, was a track standout at Howard High School. He currently coaches at Wilde Lake and his mother was an avid Howard County sports fan.
"She was loved by many athletes, coaches and families within the Howard County community," wrote Reservoir coach Philip Rogers in an email.
The Howard County Track and Field championships are being held at Reservoir Monday and Tuesday. Before the start of the meet Monday, the athletes met on the infield and joined hands as a thoughful message was read about Mrs. Brewington.
A moment of silence followed.
"Some athletes left flowers at the 50-yard line," Rogers wrote. "They will be left there throughout the duration of the meet."