I picture him as a 9 year old boy who has just rode the middle bar of his bike down a very rough hill causing some pain where the sun don't shine. He had to wear special supportive underwear and he was so proud of them he pulled his pants down right there in my living room to show my mother and I!
We used to live in the same neighborhood and would dress up and trick or treat together.
He was my escort at our 6th grade graduation.
He's also the same guy who had a single cab Nissan pick up when we were teenagers that we crammed 7 people in and got stuck down by the lake. We didn't have cell phones so we all hoofed it back to civilization to call for a tow.
Most Friday nights he and I, along with a few other friends would head to town and cruise.
That boy in all the pictures of my birthday parties, prom, homecoming, graduation night...it's unbelievable that it's the same man on the news.
Of course my heart is heavy for the victim's family too but I didn't know him personally. However, I do know his family and I can't begin to fathom the pain they are experiencing. The whole thing is such a complete and utter tragedy.
Sorry for the doom and gloom but I had to write about it or I was going to explode. Now I do the best thing I know to do and pray for all affected.