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This morning, I heard that my best friend's youngest and favourite brother has died in a parachute jump. He was an experienced jumper and over the years, has made countless jumps succesfully, but this time it seems, he lost his balance coming down, fell over backward and hit his head on the hard ground. Apparently, he was killed instantly.

My friend, who is 8 months pregnant, is taking it very hard. Very, very hard. And I don't know what to do, what to say, except for the usual platitudes. I can't believe that this young man, this boy I've known for half my life, our Richard with the laughing eyes...I simply cannot believe he's no longer with us. He was only 34.



May. 8th, 2004 04:36 am (UTC)
Thank you.