1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

A young friend died yesterday

Discussion in 'Family Life - Stories, Pictures & Updates' started by Spookwriter, Aug 4, 2011.

  1. Spookwriter

    Spookwriter Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    4,421
    199
    271
    Feb 23, 2010
    Ohio
    and I'm sad. Sad for him, sad for his family.

    Only 32 years old. Way to young to die. But in a way...he made this choice.
    Took a bad road in life.

    But I knew him way back when.

    He was only a teenager when he started coming by. We had the things that
    he liked. Race cars, trucks...a garage where people hung out. He was young,
    not even driving a car yet. Use to show up on a riding lawnmower. Then an old
    farm tractor. That's how he got around.

    But he was then a child among men. I remember that his mother would bring him
    lunch here at my garage. Or a raincoat...everybody teased him about that stuff.

    He took it in stride, hung out around here for a long time.

    Years.

    I rembember Justin getting his first girlfriend, bring her by for my wife and I to
    meet.

    Graduation. First real job. Moving out of his parents home. Getting married.
    All the milestones of life he shared with us.

    Somewhere along the way, he got involved with drugs. Changed him.
    He couldn't let go.

    Rehab, a time or two. He was always promising to get clean. A good boy who
    made the wrong choices in life.

    Even as I'm typing this, I'm thinkin of the last time I saw Justin.

    It was here in my yard. The back seat of a state patrol car. He was drunk, high,
    and had hit a car. Hit and run....and he ran to me for help.

    To hide him.

    I couldn't do that. It's not who I am. I hated what I did. Hate it even today. I called
    his parents. They were here. And then we called the police, and gave him up.

    So yes, I'm sad now as I remember this young man, the choices he made.

    Let us all remember his family as they deal with their loss.
     
  2. EmtheFishLady

    EmtheFishLady We're all mad here Premium Member

    9,149
    64
    306
    Jan 13, 2011
    Glen, MS
    [​IMG]
     
  3. satay

    satay oz-e-chick

    7,222
    682
    351
    Sep 2, 2008
    Esk Qld Australia
    Oh how terribly sad. May he rest in peace. [​IMG]
     
  4. JulieNKC

    JulieNKC Overrun With Chickens

    6,636
    40
    258
    Sep 25, 2010
    Kansas City
    [​IMG]
     
  5. Elite Silkies

    Elite Silkies Overrun With Chickens

    5,411
    17
    251
    Jun 17, 2009
    Oklahoma
    My Coop
    [​IMG] I'm so sorry for the loss that everyone is going through. May god give you all peace in your hearts.
     
  6. Lolita

    Lolita Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 2, 2008
    FL
    [​IMG]
     
  7. chickendiva25

    chickendiva25 I'm a Spy. :3

    [​IMG] He sounded like a good person. [​IMG] I'll be keeping his family in my thoughts and prayers.
     
  8. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    21,917
    69
    418
    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln
    You did the right thing. So sorry about your friend. [​IMG]
     
  9. Balefire

    Balefire Chillin' With My Peeps

    635
    1
    121
    Apr 11, 2011
    Orwigsburg PA
    It's so sad, but it was his choice. Don't feel bad, you did the right thing. You protected other people, he could have killed by driving high and drunken. You and his family are in my prayer [​IMG]
     
  10. Glenmar

    Glenmar Chillin' With My Peeps

    2,787
    15
    183
    Jan 17, 2011
    VIRGINIA
    [​IMG]
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by