Friends and family blanketed the front steps to 20-year-old Yelena Bulchenko’s East 24th Street home with flowers, photos and other tributes to the life of a girl – and her mother, Anna – tragically cut short on Friday.
At the other scenes of death from Maksim Gelman’s rampage, much appeared to be returning to usual. His home on East 27th Street and Emmons Avenue, where he took his first victim – his stepfather, Aleksandr Kuznetsov – was almost indistinguishable from any other, save for the news van outside. At the scene where he ran down an elderly man, killing him, there was nothing.
I can’t speak for others, but I find comfort to be taken in the fact that New York City continues to rumble forward. Some lives, certainly, will never be the same, but on we go, keeping in mind that a random act of violence, though tragic, was indeed random.
Photos by nolastname.