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PostSubject: Prayers Needed   Fri Dec 03, 2010 8:48 pm

Devin came home from school today carrying a paper and wearing a very serious look on his face. At first, we thought he was in some kind of trouble, and then he broke down and said one of his friends died today. The paper was a note to inform families about what happened. He died in his sleep, apparently he had a heart condition. Devin said he never even knew of this because this kid was so full of life, very outgoing. Devin found out in his last class of the day, the Jazz Band class they were in together, and Devin said he happened to be sitting in John's seat at the time they told the class the news. We were deeply saddened and shocked by the news, and if we felt that way, I can't even imagine what his family is going through right now, so please keep them in your prayers. Also, please keep his friends in your prayers. It is tough at any age to lose a friend, but when it is someone so young, it just feels that much harder.


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PostSubject: Re: Prayers Needed   Fri Dec 03, 2010 9:01 pm

Pam, that is such a sad story. I'll keep John's family in my prayers, as well as Devin and his friends. It makes it even more difficult when it happens so suddenly, without warning.


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PostSubject: Re: Prayers Needed   Fri Dec 03, 2010 10:05 pm

What a shocker! John's family and friends will be in my prayers, Pam.
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PostSubject: Re: Prayers Needed   Fri Dec 03, 2010 10:11 pm

Oh, how very sad! They have my prayers.
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PostSubject: Re: Prayers Needed   Sat Dec 04, 2010 12:05 am

Devin and his friend will be also in my prayers. It's so sad when a friend dies...and much more if this friend is a child. One doesn't understand children death. It's very, very hard. I suppose that Devin must be shocked about his friends death...When I was a girl I remember that in my school, a boy being 12 years old, suddenly died when he was fishing along with his father. There were no class for some two days. I was not in his same classroom (I was 11 at the time) and knew him very little, but I remember I was terrified for the fact I could suddenly die, without being Ill or something. I was panicked and didn't want to go to sleep.

So, just think about the possibility of Devin being scared for the death idea. It's very common in children. No Blue

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PostSubject: Re: Prayers Needed   Sat Dec 04, 2010 1:06 am

That is Very Sad I will Keep Devin and Johns Family in my prayers Was it Unexpected for the Parents as well or did they know it might happen just didn't tell anyone?


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PostSubject: Re: Prayers Needed   Sat Dec 04, 2010 1:54 am

How very sad. I'll definitely be praying.


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PostSubject: Re: Prayers Needed   Sat Dec 04, 2010 10:22 am

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Devin and his friend will be also in my prayers. It's so sad when a friend dies...and much more if this friend is a child. One doesn't understand children death. It's very, very hard. I suppose that Devin must be shocked about his friends death...When I was a girl I remember that in my school, a boy being 12 years old, suddenly died when he was fishing along with his father. There were no class for some two days. I was not in his same classroom (I was 11 at the time) and knew him very little, but I remember I was terrified for the fact I could suddenly die, without being Ill or something. I was panicked and didn't want to go to sleep.

So, just think about the possibility of Devin being scared for the death idea. It's very common in children. No Blue

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Yes, all of the kids are taking this very hard. I don't think Devin slept much at all. I am keeping a close eye on him.

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That is Very Sad I will Keep Devin and Johns Family in my prayers Was it Unexpected for the Parents as well or did they know it might happen just didn't tell anyone?

I really don't know for sure. Even though he did have a heart condition, he lived a very full and active life, so there were no limitations put on him as far as I know. This makes me think it probably came as a shock to the parents as well. Devin and many of his friends didn't even know he had a heart condition, I guess it was something he didn't really talk about, or maybe it just wasn't something thought to be so serious. I guess we'll learn more as the days go on.

Thanks to all for all of the prayers for John's family and friends, I know they all appreciate it. It's such a heart-breaking situation. Blue


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PostSubject: Re: Prayers Needed   Sat Dec 04, 2010 2:04 pm

What a tragic thing.......My prayers go out to the family and his friends......

It is such a terrible thing to lose a child and a classmate.....when my oldest was in school, they had a member of the band die in a freak accident on a 4-wheeler....they had a memorial for him at the school, and his chair was left empty with only his tuba mouth piece resting there......the rest of the band sat in silence as the service went on....SO emotional and sad......
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PostSubject: Re: Prayers Needed   Sat Dec 04, 2010 6:17 pm

I dealt with two deaths of fellow students. One was in my 4th grade class, and like a week or so later someone in the 5th grade died. They were both hit by a car and killed crossing the same street. I really liked the one in 5th grade. He was a funny and good kid. I took it pretty hard. Then a few years later another kid died of cancer. It's thought being a kid and seeing someone your age pass away. I will pray for you son and the child's family.


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PostSubject: Re: Prayers Needed   Sat Dec 04, 2010 6:31 pm

Rhonda wrote:
What a tragic thing.......My prayers go out to the family and his friends......

It is such a terrible thing to lose a child and a classmate.....when my oldest was in school, they had a member of the band die in a freak accident on a 4-wheeler....they had a memorial for him at the school, and his chair was left empty with only his tuba mouth piece resting there......the rest of the band sat in silence as the service went on....SO emotional and sad......
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:blue:John was also a tuba player. There are upcoming concerts coming up. I can only imagine how emotional they will be.

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I dealt with two deaths of fellow students. One was in my 4th grade class, and like a week or so later someone in the 5th grade died. They were both hit by a car and killed crossing the same street. I really liked the one in 5th grade. He was a funny and good kid. I took it pretty hard. Then a few years later another kid died of cancer. It's thought being a kid and seeing someone your age pass away. I will pray for you son and the child's family.

It is tough losing a classmate. When I was in school a classmate committed suicide. I didn't know her well, but I knew who she was and it still hit very hard. At that time they announced it over the P.A. during regular announcements. It would have been a shock anyway, but just to hear it like that, like it was just part of the everyday announcements just seemed wrong. They actually came into Devin's class, which happened to be the class he had John in, and they had the kids sit down and counselors broke the news to them. There's never a good way to break news like that, but coming in and talking with the kids just seemed so much more personal.


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PostSubject: Re: Prayers Needed   Sun Dec 05, 2010 10:00 am

This family really needs our prayers. They also have a daughter who has a serious brain disease and isn't expected to live much longer. John was just talking about this in band class recently. I can't even begin to imagine what this family is going through. Blue

Jacob asked if John's death was unexpected to his parents. It was. Although he did have a heart-condition, it wasn't considered something serious or life-threatening. As I said, I just can't imagine what this family is going through.


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PostSubject: Re: Prayers Needed   Sun Dec 05, 2010 5:05 pm

So sorry to hear this. I will pray for John's family. Thanks Pam for letting us know.




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PostSubject: Re: Prayers Needed   Mon Dec 06, 2010 12:00 am

pamh36 wrote:
This family really needs our prayers. They also have a daughter who has a serious brain disease and isn't expected to live much longer. John was just talking about this in band class recently. I can't even begin to imagine what this family is going through. Blue

Jacob asked if John's death was unexpected to his parents. It was. Although he did have a heart-condition, it wasn't considered something serious or life-threatening. As I said, I just can't imagine what this family is going through.

Oh, Pam...what a sad story. The poor family...Their little John has gone and the girl being espected to die in a more or less short time! I'll pray for them all, be sure of it. No

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PostSubject: Re: Prayers Needed   Mon Dec 06, 2010 9:12 am

I know the family appreciates the prayers very much, thank you.

We went to a candlelight service at the high school track last night and at the end his father spoke. It was heartbreaking, but he wanted to let everyone know how grateful he is for the support and to let all of John's friends know that he was grateful for their friendship. He was reassuring the kids. What a strong man.


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PostSubject: Re: Prayers Needed   Mon Dec 06, 2010 10:51 am

Oh my gosh, that is just awful. No I can't imagine losing a child so suddenly like that....well, at all, but still. Last year, a student at Brendan's college died in his sleep, from menengitis, which is very common with especially college freshman in dorms, I hear. I just cannot imagine receiving that phone call, as a parent.

How amazing that John's father spoke at the vigil. I'm sure he had to call on every ounce of strength he had to do that. I will have this family in my prayers, Pam---thanks for letting us know about it. And I'll be praying for Devin too...I hope they have grief counselors on staff at the school right now.

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PostSubject: Re: Prayers Needed   Mon Dec 06, 2010 6:18 pm

This is a video one of John's friends made that shows how much he truly embraced life. I think many of us can learn a nice lesson from this young man. He made so much of the little time he had here, and so many people let life or opportunities just pass them by. Life is a gift, we should all make the most of it.



It has affected this community so much. Although I live in the city, it is a very small city and has that "small-town" feel because you always run into people you know when you're running out and about and everyone tries to help each other out. Whether people know this family or not they are really affected by it and are really reaching out to the family. The turn-out at the candlelight service was amazing last night even though it was freezing cold.

The Jazz band (that Devin is in and John was part of) had a tour planned of the elementary schools for Wednesday, and they are still going on with it because they know that's what John would have wanted. One of his best friends is taking over his solo parts for him. I can only imagine how emotional the band will be. Tomorrow is the funeral and I know that will be very difficult.

Amy, yes, the school has offered grief counseling for anyone who needs it.


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PostSubject: Re: Prayers Needed   Wed Dec 08, 2010 2:24 pm

What a good looking and talented young man. My heart goes out to his family, friends and community along with my prayers for peace and guidance in dealing with John's untimely death. How sad...


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PostSubject: Re: Prayers Needed   Thu Dec 09, 2010 11:47 pm

His family will be in my prayers for long time. John was an amazing boy and he deserves it.

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PostSubject: Re: Prayers Needed   Fri Dec 10, 2010 8:56 am

Thanks, everyone. I know his family appreciates the prayers very much. John has a Facebook page that was launched in memory of him and his dad also posted a tribute video on there to give everyone a glimpse of John and to thank everyone for their support.


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PostSubject: Re: Prayers Needed   Fri Dec 10, 2010 11:42 am

Wow, Pam...thanks for sharing that video with us. It's amazing what you can learn about someone through something like that. He was such a good looking young man, and seemed so funny and charismatic. He was obviously very well-loved by his peers. Did he have a girlfriend?

He sure was a bright light in this world while he was here....you can see that. Did you and Devin go to the funeral Pam? I'm sure that was incredibly difficult. I am so sorry for what your community is going through right now. No
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PostSubject: Re: Prayers Needed   Fri Dec 10, 2010 12:00 pm

That is a Great Video you can sure see that he was full of Life fun to be around


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PostSubject: Re: Prayers Needed   Mon Dec 13, 2010 10:09 am

Amy wrote:
Wow, Pam...thanks for sharing that video with us. It's amazing what you can learn about someone through something like that. He was such a good looking young man, and seemed so funny and charismatic. He was obviously very well-loved by his peers. Did he have a girlfriend?

He sure was a bright light in this world while he was here....you can see that. Did you and Devin go to the funeral Pam? I'm sure that was incredibly difficult. I am so sorry for what your community is going through right now. No

Yes, he did have a girlfriend. I know she is taking this really hard.

If nothing else, the way he lived his life inspired so many people to want to make the most of their lives, and I think that is huge.

I didn't end up going to the funeral. I had to work, but offered to see if I could switch days with the other teacher (it's just a small program with just a teacher and an assistant in the building, so if two of us can't be there we have to cancel class), but Devin really wanted to do this with his friends. He said the funeral was really nice. They showed some videos of John and several people got up and talked about funny stories they had about John. It sounds like they really made it about a celebration of his life. Devin said there were a ton of people there.


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PostSubject: Re: Prayers Needed   Wed Jan 26, 2011 7:42 pm

I can't believe the same kind of thing has happened again in our community. Today, Kelsey came home with a letter from school informing parents of an 8th grade student, named Robbie, who died in his sleep last night due to complications from a medical condition. Kelsey didn't know him well, but has known him since elementary school.

I can't imagine what his family is going through, as well as his friends (thankfully, the school has a crisis plan in place to help the kids deal with their feelings). I know they could use our prayers to help them through this difficult time. Thanks.


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PostSubject: Re: Prayers Needed   Wed Jan 26, 2011 7:58 pm

How very sad. I'll be praying for them.


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