It's been one year to the day since the tragedy on the Menominee River. Gunman Scott Johnson took the lives of three innocent teenagers and now sits in a prison cell for the rest of his life.
But for friends and families of the victims, the incident feels just like yesterday.
A year ago Friday, Sylvia Mort received the phone call every parent dreads...that her son had been shot and he wasn't going to survive.
"I take each day one at a time and some, I take minute by minute," explained Mort. "I just breathe and go on with what I have to do."
The nightmare started at the East Kingsford Train Bridge where local teenagers were swimming in the Menominee River. Across the river, gunman Scott Johnson sat hidden in the brush. There, he loaded his rifle and began firing, killing three of the youngsters--Bryan Mort, Tony Spigarelli and Tiffany Pohlson.
The other teens, including Katrina Coates, managed to escape, but not before she witnessed the death of her friend, Tiffany.
"Tiffany was holding my hand at the time, and we were walking up a hill and it was just silent," said Coates. "There was nothing said or done. I lost my best friend, that was the main part..."
Friends of Tony Spigarelli are also dealing with a profound grief, but they're searching for meaning, as well...and for comfort.
"This past summer, I also had lost my cousin, which they were really good friends. So every time I think of them two, I think of what they're doing up there and it makes you smile because they were so much alike," explained Maria Langsford.
The story of this tragedy is featured in this week's New Yorker magazine.
The author, Calvin Trillin, tries to figure out what led to Johnson's killing spree, writing that "he's said that what he (Johnson) contemplated doing was 'balancing the scales', so that people could understand the pain he'd been through."
Trillin concluded that Johnson had no remorse for the crime. He said what he did regret, Trillin wrote, was that he had to live among people who were "liars, gullible, arrogant, and brainwashed."
No remorse for Scott Johnson maybe, but for the victims' families and friends, an incurable sadness that they'll live with the rest of their lives.
Bryan Mort's mother does say she's certain she'll see her son again some day, and when she does, she has big plans.
"I'll see him someday and I expect a game of basketball when I get there," Mort said tearfully. "Him and I would go and he'd always pick me to be on their team and I would be like aren't you guys embarrassed to be playing with your mom? And they're like, no, we take pride in it. So I expect that basketball game someday."