From Her Name was 'Neda' - Kathy Riordan - Open Salon Her name was Neda. Earlier this afternoon, doing the same thing I've done every day this week, scanning thousands and thousands of tweets coming out of Iran for those I thought needed to be tossed back out into the universe for wider viewing, a particular tweet caught my eye. Someone was trying to get the attention of CNN with a video, a video of violence in Iran, not so unusual the last few days, but noteworthy because this one contained images of the last moments of a young girl's life, and people rushing to her side to help her. She'd been shot in the street in Tehran. 19:05 June 20th. Karekar Avenue, at the corner crossing Khosravi Street and Salehi Street. She was there with her father, standing next to him, watching the protests, when she was shot directly in the heart by someone hiding on the rooftop of a nearby home, a Basij. The bullet shattered her heart and took her life almost instantly, despite the efforts of a friend of the video poster, a doctor, who had rushed to her side. I contacted the person who was trying to get the video wider viewing, hoping to get the attention of CNN, the BBC, and anyone else who had eyes to see, ears to hear, and a voice loud enough to convince the world. I gave him the names of people to contact at CNN, and sent the word out to as many other outlets as I could hoping someone would pick it up, show it more widely to the world. He worked feverishly to do the same. I wondered how this horror could be happening, how a life could be extinguished so casually, even though I've been remotely part of it, witnessing it in the retweeting all week. Tweeting, and retweeting. Watching the civil unrest, protest and violence unfold, despite attempts by the Iranian government to suppress coverage of it. It is hard to watch. But in the comfort of my home it is a world away from the fight for a voice, and now, for life itself, on the streets of Iran. I went on with my own life today, after reading thousands of tweets on the #iranelection stream, and came back this evening to see that CNN was featuring the video. It had gone around the world. Her name was Neda. A voice, a call. We know that now. Not a nameless face, lost in a senseless shooting in a street torn halfway around the world. She was an innocent, and she will be forever mourned. She will become the face of a revolution. Neda. May the God of all of us take you to his rest. Also from Huffington Post, by way of Twitter 8:53 PM ET -- "Sister, have a short sleep, your last dream be sweet." Yesterday we printed a touching letter from an Iranian woman that began with these ominous lines: "I will participate in the demonstrations tomorrow. Maybe they will turn violent. Maybe I will be one of the people who is going to get killed..." Tonight, she posted a second letter, passed along and translated by two readers. She writes about her "sister" in this cause who was killed today, referring to Neda. Yesterday I wrote a note, with the subject line "tomorrow is a great day perhaps tomorrow I'll be killed." I'm here to let you know I'm alive but my sister was killed... I'm here to tell you my sister died while in her father's hands I'm here to tell you my sister had big dreams... I'm here to tell you my sister who died was a decent person... and like me yearned for a day when her hair would be swept by the wind... and like me read "Forough" [Forough Farrokhzad]... and longed to live free and equal... and she longed to hold her head up and announce, "I'm Iranian"... and she longed to one day fall in love to a man with a shaggy hair... and she longed for a daughter to braid her hair and sing lullaby by her crib... my sister died from not having life... my sister died as injustice has no end... my sister died since she loved life too much... and my sister died since she lovingly cared for people... my loving sister, I wish you had closed your eyes when your time had come... the very end of your last glance burns my soul.... sister have a short sleep. your last dream be sweet. 7:57 PM ET -- Neda. That appears to be the name of the woman whose death in the streets today was captured on film, and has been broadcast around the world. I posted it earlier at 2:57 PM. From Twitter, via Chas: "Her name was ندا (#Neda), which means voice or call in Farsi. She is the voice of the people, a call to freedom - RIP, Neda"