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22 years later and the Hillsborough Tragedy still matters

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It again is April 15th, and in the United States people are focused on paying their taxes and life in general, but in Liverpool and around the UK, thoughts on this day go back 22 years to the day that 96 soccer fans lost their lives while attending a soccer match.  That day is one of the most tragic in sports and a day that changed soccer forever. 

It is somewhat ironic that we live in a culture now where information is everywhere, and that far too often the voices of the media aren't objective but rather polarizing.  22 years ago there was no internet, and in the UK people had only limited numbers of newspapers and TV stations to bring them the news, yet even then the flavor of the day was far too often yellow journalism. 

In the aftermath of the tragedy that both public officials and the media sought to sensationalize the events and point blame at the victims. The truth about the events have slowly started to come out, and the campaign for Justice for the 96 victims of the Hillsborough Tragedy continues to this day. You don't have to be a fan of Liverpool to understand the tragedy of how something like this could impact not only the people involved that day, but their families, the community, and the fans of both the team and sport around the world.

I would suggest that if you want to understand more about that day that you watch this video clip or check out my post from last years anniversary.

 It may be 22 years later but these events still are having a daily impact on the lives of many people, and their pursuit for justice for the 96 victims and those who love them.

after the jump the names of the 96 who lost their lives 22 years ago today:

April 15 is never about football at Liverpool FC. It's about remembering each of the supporters named below. They'll never walk alone.

John Alfred Anderson (62)

Colin Mark Ashcroft (19)

James Gary Aspinall (18)

Kester Roger Marcus Ball (16)

Gerard Bernard Patrick Baron (67)

Simon Bell (17)

Barry Sidney Bennett (26)

David John Benson (22)

David William Birtle (22)

Tony Bland (22)

Paul David Brady (21)

Andrew Mark Brookes (26)

Carl Brown (18)

David Steven Brown (25)

Henry Thomas Burke (47)

Peter Andrew Burkett (24)

Paul William Carlile (19)

Raymond Thomas Chapman (50)

Gary Christopher Church (19)

Joseph Clark (29)

Paul Clark (18)

Gary Collins (22)

Stephen Paul Copoc (20)

Tracey Elizabeth Cox (23)

James Philip Delaney (19)

Christopher Barry Devonside (18)

Christopher Edwards (29)

Vincent Michael Fitzsimmons (34)

Thomas Steven Fox (21)

Jon-Paul Gilhooley (10)

Barry Glover (27)

Ian Thomas Glover (20)

Derrick George Godwin (24)

Roy Harry Hamilton (34)

Philip Hammond (14)

Eric Hankin (33)

Gary Harrison (27)

Stephen Francis Harrison (31)

Peter Andrew Harrison (15)

David Hawley (39)

James Robert Hennessy (29)

Paul Anthony Hewitson (26)

Carl Darren Hewitt (17)

Nicholas Michael Hewitt (16)

Sarah Louise Hicks (19)

Victoria Jane Hicks (15)

Gordon Rodney Horn (20)

Arthur Horrocks (41)

Thomas Howard (39)

Thomas Anthony Howard (14)

Eric George Hughes (42)

Alan Johnston (29)

Christine Anne Jones (27)

Gary Philip Jones (18)

Richard Jones (25)

Nicholas Peter Joynes (27)

Anthony Peter Kelly (29)

Michael David Kelly (38)

Carl David Lewis (18)

David William Mather (19)

Brian Christopher Mathews (38)

Francis Joseph McAllister (27)

John McBrien (18)

Marion Hazel McCabe (21)

Joseph Daniel McCarthy (21)

Peter McDonnell (21)

Alan McGlone (28)

Keith McGrath (17)

Paul Brian Murray (14)

Lee Nicol (14)

Stephen Francis O'Neill (17)

Jonathon Owens (18)

William Roy Pemberton (23)

Carl William Rimmer (21)

David George Rimmer (38)

Graham John Roberts (24)

Steven Joseph Robinson (17)

Henry Charles Rogers (17)

Colin Andrew Hugh William Sefton (23)

Inger Shah (38)

Paula Ann Smith (26)

Adam Edward Spearritt (14)

Philip John Steele (15)

David Leonard Thomas (23)

Patrik John Thompson (35)

Peter Reuben Thompson (30)

Stuart Paul William Thompson (17)

Peter Francis Tootle (21)

Christopher James Traynor (26)

Martin Kevin Traynor (16)

Kevin Tyrrell (15)

Colin Wafer (19)

Ian David Whelan (19)

Martin Kenneth Wild (29)

Kevin Daniel Williams (15)

Graham John Wright (17)

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