That's what I was feeling tonight. It was an experience that I wish never to have had and at the same time one I will keep with me forever. Devon was Casey's friend, he was only seventeen years old and on Sunday night he lost his life. It was a terrible accident, one that didn't have to happen. He was speeding and lost control and his car hit a tree. In an instant his life was gone and so many other lives will never be the same. We attended his wake tonight. It was heartbreaking and at the same time I was so impressed by the support shown by his fellow classmates. They lined up for several hours to let Devon's parents know how much they will miss him. At least 60% of the people there were teenagers and most of them came on their own.
Last night Casey got off work at 9:00 and wanted to go to WalMart. He wanted to buy tee shirts and transfer paper so that he could make shirts with a picture of Devon and the words You Will Be Missed. He wanted to do this because he needed to do something. Something to honor his friend. My heart was full of sadness and pride tonight as he and so many other young people came together with broken hearts to show their support to a hurting family. Such a grown up act. As much as it hurt to be there, I'm so glad I was able to witness this incredible display of love.
Devon, you will truly be missed.