I'm not sure how much Blake Shelton might have helped this story, but it's a nice thought.
This last Thursday was the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and one story took the internet by storm.
A college professor named Elizabeth Stringer Keefe has spent the last 13 years trying to reunite the above picture found at Ground Zero in New York City that fateful day all those years ago with its wedding party subjects. She was afraid that some of the people in the picture might have been victims of the terrorist attacks, but she still tried every year to find the owners – or at least someone who might know them.
"Every year on #911 I post this photo hoping 2 return 2 owner. Found at #groundzero #WTC in 2001. Pls RT," Keefe tweeted on Thursday.
This year it turns out was lucky #13 (Taylor Swift would probably love that) and Keefe's hard work finally paid off when she found the owner of the picture.
According to BuzzFeed, Fred Mahe, the blond man in the picture above, lost the picture after his office on the 77th floor of the second World Trade Center tower was destroyed in the September 11 attacks.
After finding out that the picture had been found and that Elizabeth had spent all of these years trying to find the owner, Mahe was amazed.
"On 9/11 I saw the worst of humanity, [but] on 9/12 I saw the best of humanity," Mahe said. "Elizabeth [Stringer Keefe] is 100 percent 9/12."
So where does Blake Shelton fit into it all? Well I read the whole BuzzFeed story and then, like I usually do, I got nosy and followed a couple of links. When I visited Mahe's (the picture's owner's) Twitter account, guess what the first thing I saw was.
— Fred Mahe (@FredWMahe) September 13, 2014
Turns out Blake had retweeted the story after a fan had asked him to. I'm not sure if his retweet actually helped with the happy ending, but it's still cool to think that it might have.