Marie Colvin: she went, she saw, she verified
Being with Marie Colvin was always a reminder of why to be a journalist might be important.
Even to see her black eye-patch across a crowded party was reminder that journalism mattered.
Whatever happens to our trade in these so unnecessarily turbulent times, the requirement to go, to see and to verify will remain at its core.
Marie Colvin went to Homs for The Sunday Times to see and to verify - and she has been killed by a shell.
So much more to be said - but that is the summa rerum on this sickening day.
From the TLS archives: Marie Colvin's Letter from Kosare, published in 1999.