A Life Cut Short

July 1, 2017 at 7:42 pm 9 comments

Dr. Tracy Tam

Dr. Tracy Tam
When she went to Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center on Friday, Dr. Tracy Tam, 32, didn’t expect that it would be the last day of her life.

The young doctor wasn’t even supposed to be working as it was her day off. But when asked to cover for someone else’s shift, she did it like a good soldier.

Mary Darko, a nurse at the hospital, remembered Dr. Tam as friendly as ever when she walked into the 16th floor examination room where she was tending a patient.

Several hours later, Henry Bello, 45, a disgruntled doctor who once worked at the hospital went on a shooting rampage on the 16th and 17th floors that left people scampering for their lives. Before he turned the gun on himself, Dr. Tam lay dead and five other staffers and one patient were wounded.

“She was very well liked by the hospital staff,” said Bronx-Lebanon spokesman Errol Schneer. “We grieved throughout the hospital. This was a very tragic event for us.”

Dr. Tam graduated from the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2013. She was licensed to practice medicine in New York and New Jersey.

It’s difficult to make sense of this tragedy that cut short a life that was full of promise. Dr. Tam wasn’t the intended target who happened to be off that day. She was shot anyway more likely because she represented what the shooter could never be. May she rest in peace.

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9 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Tracey@MyBajaKitchen.com and TraceyDelaplainMD.com  |  July 1, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    Hard to understand Plaridel. Thanks for for letting us see this young doctor today.

    • 2. plaridel  |  July 2, 2017 at 12:43 pm


      she didn’t deserve to die. she had a bright future ahead of her.

  • 4. hopeforheather  |  July 2, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    Oh my gosh. So sorry.

    • 5. plaridel  |  July 3, 2017 at 9:14 am


      my sentiments exactly.

  • 6. wajihaa17  |  July 2, 2017 at 10:22 pm

    This is sad but the truth is that death awaits for all of us at unexpected times on an unexpected journey

    • 7. plaridel  |  July 3, 2017 at 9:13 am


      i agree. the clock starts ticking once we are born.

  • 8. Success Inspirers' World  |  July 3, 2017 at 3:24 am

    Who can hold their tears. I wish it had not happened.

    • 9. plaridel  |  July 3, 2017 at 9:19 am

      success inspirers’ world:

      it wasn’t meant to be.


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