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The Family of William Jenkins (1980-1997)


Date: 1/2/2002 11:44:24 PM Eastern Standard Time
From:    westcott@verdenet.com (Westcott Funeral Homes)

Dear Mr. Jenkins,
    I am a funeral home owner in Cottonwood, Ariozna. I am also a columnist for a funeral trade publication.
    I had written a column on a mother and her two young sons killed in a tragic auto accident. It was a reminder to those in funeral service of the devastating loss that a family goes through. The next week I came across your book at the public library. It was the answer to my own question: "What help can we give to these families?".
    There will be a review of your book in my February column (which will be on-line). I also have reviewed your book on the Barnes and Noble site which should appear by Jan. 6.
    It would be my pleasure to send you this review/column when it is published. Or you may see it www.yelobk.com. Look for the February edition (not on line until probably the second week of February, but I get an advance copy).
    Thank you for taking your loss and turning it into a gift for others. Your pain will give courage to parents, families and caregivers to work together to see each other to tomorrow, the next day and the next day after that. Then they can, in turn, help others as you have.
    I wish you peace of mind and heart in your grief.
Steven Palmer

Date: 1/12/2002 6:55:28 PM Eastern Standard Time
From:    BUCKLEYMOMMYJ@msn.com

I am a mother of 2 teen girls and am always afraid, thinking something might happen too them. I just want to say how sorry I am for your loss , and pray for you and your wonderful son !!!!
                                         God bless you and yours,


Date: 3/26/2002 8:31:27 AM Eastern Standard Time
From: PattyPsullivan

Thinking of you as a bereaved parent, too.  I lost my youngest son, Jake, age 9, on September 24, 2000.  He was riding his go-cart on a closed road and a 16 y/o teenager drove around the barricades at a high rate of speed and hit Jake.  I miss  him. 

I have written about him in an online diary.  You may choose to write about your son, too.  www.freeopendiary.com  4eversad is my diary.

4ever Jake's Mom
"Death ends a life, not a relationship."


Date: 8/28/2002 1:27:28 PM Central Daylight Time
From: Wolfdance9

Dear Mr. Jenkins,

I first want to express my condolences to you and your family on the loss of your son.  Such words seem so common, but they convey a sentiment that cannot be expressed adequately in words.  I suspect you know something about what that is like.  I extend not only my condolences but my compassion, and my wish for you that the road you travel is filled with as much healing as can be absorbed by a heart that has been torn by such violence and suffered the depth of such loss.

I have not suffered a loss such as yours.  I ordered and read your book do assist me in some research I am doing for a book of my own.  The focus of my work is to aid and encourage not those who are suffering, but those who want to help the people we love that ARE suffering.  I am a pastor by professionally, and I have witnessed too much cruelty and insensitivity disguised as good intentions that I decided there was a place for such a book in this world.

As I read your book it occurred to me that at some point, if you were willing, I might be in touch with you to talk more specifically about your experiences as one on the receiving end of others' "good intentions."  It has been several weeks since I read your book, and it was not on my mind until this morning when I suggested your book as a reference to someone whose friend was just murdered.  And as the mind sometimes work, the realization that you are (or were?) in Henrico County suddenly rang a bell.  In a couple of weeks I will be in Richmond to attend a conference, so it occurs to me to take advantage of that occurrence to be in touch with you now.


Finally, thank you for the work you have done that has benefited so many others.  I believe you expressed the sentiment that asking "why," when something tragic happens is never as fruitful as asking, "how can this be a vehicle for something good?"  I concur with that sentiment, and wish you the best in that ongoing effort.

Yours sincerely,

Anne Wolf
Lebanon, TN

Date: 10/7/2002 1:47:02 AM Central Daylight Time
From:    lindawebb4@shaw.ca

I ran across your site, which is wonderful.  I am so, sorry for your loss.  God be with you for what you have done for others on your site.  I would like my memorial to my young son, Danny, who took his own life, March 27/1997 added to your site if I may.  The address is:
                          Thank you so much and God Bless,
                              Linda Webb (Kelowna, BC, Canada)


Date: 2/24/2003 4:21:48 PM Central Standard Time
From: Arlynsmom@cs.com

Dear Friend,

I am so sorry that your son, William, was killed.

I just visited your website and was impressed at all I saw.

I invite you to submit William's name to be placed on the Murder Victims Memorial Wall (www.murdervictimsmemorialwall.com) and to also place a link to it on your site so that others who want the names of their loved ones remembered may find it there.

If you would also put a link to our Suicide Memorial Wall, that would be nice, too. The address to it is: www.suicidememorialwall.com

Love and peace,
Karyl, mother of Arlyn

Date: 3/2/2003 8:35:39 PM Central Standard Time
From: Bludawn66

We spoke this morning, after I spoke with Jennifer.  I just needed to take a look at your beautiful son William.  He looks very much like my five year old son Adam.  God bless you!
Sherri (The student writing against the death penalty).
P.S I don't think I'll ever be the same

Date: 3/4/2003 1:49:27 PM Central Standard Time
From:    sheilaregan@sympatico.ca


Dear Mr. Jenkins and Family,
    I am a Funeral Service Student in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and I am on March Break.  Being the half-hearted studious student that I am, I was surfing the web researching grief for a paper that is due in March.  I stumbled across your site and I was struck by the memories and the love that radiated for your son, William.  I was touched in many was from your site and saddened by your uncomprehendable loss.  From reading your stories about your son, it is clear to me that he would have become a wonderful man.  I have chosen the field of Funeral Services to be able to make the lives of survivors just a little bit easier, ease the grief for a short time, and reading your site has given me more of an understanding and the will to do just that.  I commend you and your family for the offered prayers for the man and women who have taken so much from you and I pray that I would have the courage to do the same.  May you and your family find comfort in knowing that your son has changed the lives of many people in many countries.  His story has brought comfort and knowledge to many.  Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers for a long time to come.
Sheila Regan

Date:  1/24/2003 12:26:19 PM Central Standard Time
From: Catherine.Lassen@jud.state.ct.us

I am the mother of a 15 year old boy, and I cannot imagine your pain - but you have taken that pain and created a thing of beauty so that your son will be remembered. I wish you all the blessings life can bestow - RC deWinter

Date: 5/13/2002 1:20:27 PM Eastern Daylight Time

Dear Bill,
I am a hospice bereavement counselor with Hospice of the Valley in Phoenix, AZ and most of the work I do involves helping people through the first year following the death of a family member who was on our hospice service.  Because I believe people do better when they know what normal grief looks like (and therefore  need some idea of what to expect during that first year) I am always looking for informative resources that I can personally recommend.  I saw your book advertised in Bereavement Magazine, ordered a copy and have just finished reading it.  (By the way, I ordered it from Amazon.com without any difficulty, so you may want to update the information that appears on your Web site about that).  I cannot imagine the courage and discipline it must have taken for you to write this wonderful book, but  I want you to know how grateful I am that you did.  Clearly you have transformed your own personal tragedy into an insightful and informative gift for the rest of us, have created a lasting legacy for your beloved son Will as well. I will not hesitate to recommend your book to my clients and to the many people who visit my 
Grief Healing Web site.  I've also asked my Web designer to add a link to your Web site on my  Links: Human Loss Sites page, and I will let you know when it is up.  (When you have a few moments, I hope you'll spend some time exploring my Web site, which is designed to offer information, comfort and support to those who are mourning the loss of a loved one.)
Once again, I thank you for making such a generous, heartfelt and valuable contribution to the grief and bereavement literature, and I wish you continued success in your efforts to build such a meaningful legacy to your beloved son.
With warmest regards,
Marty Tousley, Bereavement Counselor

Date: 12/20/2001 1:21:36 PM Eastern Standard Time
From: ImAtTheOne1

Hello Mr. Jenkins, I saw your son's web site and I just want to say My heart broke for you and your family.  I too have a son he is 12 and we live in Brooklyn, New York and I know the love a parent has for their child, I cannot imagine what you have been through, but my heart goes out to you.  It was a beautiful memorial site in honor of your precious son.  Your poem was beautiful, I see your faith is very strong, and your son is in a great place and watching down on his family and knowing how much he was loved.  I just want to say, your son must have been very special to God, for him to want him back so soon.  Take care and God Bless you and your family.  I will keep you in my prayers.      Lou Gavagan

Date: 12/13/2001 7:32:22 PM Eastern Standard Time
From: Pooloffaith

I was very touched by the memorial of your son William.I am so sorry for your loss.  I too, lost a child to violence. It has been 3 long months for me. The reality of it all  is what led me to search out other parents. To hear other peoples stories. Some how I get comfort knowing I am not alone. I pray that God has sent peace to your heart.     Sincerly, Lori

Date: 11/25/2001 8:40:32 PM Eastern Standard Time
From: Chewey4me

Nov. 25, 2001
My name is Kelly Finnegan.
My daughters name is (was) Megan Nicole Walker. we live in Dinwiddie CO. va.. On Oct. 29 ,2001 she was fatally shot by the boy next door. she was 14. we have many court dates ahead of us.  Our lives have been tunred upside down. I am lifeless, I now have no purpose. You see, Megan was my only child, my life, my best friend.
I was given you 3rd. edition of " what to do when the police leave" . ( It belongs to a friend who  is retired from the victim witness program in Orlando, Fla.  She now live here ) It has been helpful , when I can keep my mind on the words. I found this web site on the back cover. Im looking for any and every kind of help to make sure this 15 year old shooter is punished .   Please help me.  IN LOVING MEMORY OF MY BELOVED

Thank you , Kelly Finnegan

Date: 10/5/2001 12:24:42 PM Eastern Daylight Time
From:    bonnie.mckenzie@bradfordcompany.com

What wonderful tribute to your beautiful son. My son is only 13 but still
could be in danger at school or on the street. I pray everyday that I can
raise him to adulthood. To lose a child must be the most pain a parent can
suffer.  I won't claim to know how you felt and probably still feel, but
being a mother of three I would never want to experience that. My heart goes
out to you and your family.
I came across your website because I was looking for comforting words for a
funeral service for my brother. I wanted something unique and different. I
don't know the Bible that well, so was searching the internet. I'm so glad I
stopped by and hope life is well with you and yours.

Bonnie G. McKenzie

Date: 9/30/2001 5:06:39 PM Eastern Daylight Time
From:    dudleyadams@hotmail.com

warm greetings to u all . i have been reading about the tragic loss of your
son and friend. I feel that i need to let u know that others still do care.

Dudley Adams

Date: 8/29/2001 10:01:18 PM Eastern Daylight Time
From:    underhand@henry-net.com

I feel so sad... I have two sons ages 14 and 20.  I don't know how I would survive if one of them were taken from me at the hand of another.  This is a wonderful web page. Thank You for sharing.  I will remember your son.  Keri Handy, Napoleon, Ohio

Date: 8/27/2001 10:49:44 PM Eastern Daylight Time
From:    bd_lyle@hotmail.com

...while surfing tonight and for some reason I can't pinpoint wanted to express my condolences.  I've read memorial sites but didn't feel compelled to write before; I feel touched by your memorial to your son.  I'm not a father, not even a husband, so can't relate as anything other than a human being but I hope you're okay and thanks for the site.
Lyle Draper

Date: 8/10/2001 1:28:36 PM Eastern Daylight Time
From: Mourningli

My heart broke reading about the life and death of this marvelous young man,so handsome and caring and  so very special.I  know he is missed so much.Four years has to feel like a lifetime ago,
May God comfort you in the years to come.
****** Please visit my website at  http://nitewriter.net   ******
           In Memory of my son,James Matthew Wier
James Matthew Wier - A Memorial

Date: 8/7/2001 8:21:28 PM Eastern Daylight Time
From:    rikvik@execpc.com (rick&vicki jones)


Hi, My name is Vicki Jones. I would really appreciate it if you would put my daughter's site on yours. My daughter's name was Cora. She was only 12 years old. She was kidnapped & murdered. My heart really goes out to you when I was reading your son's site. It is very hard when our children have been killed by the hands of another.  
Her site is www.corajones.org
Thank you so much           Vicki Jones

Date: 8/6/2001 6:24:37 PM Eastern Daylight Time
From: perryn29@ev1.net

Hi, My name is Nita. I linked in through Heavenly Angels, where I am a member. To begin, over the past 16 months I've viewed many Memorial Sites. This one is so eloquently put together. It flows so naturally,despite the tragic reasoning , it is absolutely filled with inspiration and faith. Such appreciation of your sons life! Thank You for sharing him with me. And Thank You for sharing yourself as well. Your hearts voice rises above this tragedy,and I recognize the echo of only the love of God. Forgiveness, prayer and a deep love for others, so Christ like, Christian. I will revisit, as an inspiration for my heart. I too have an angel in heaven, my daughter Jillian. Love & Hugs to see us through the 'moments' Jillians Mom, Nita

Date: 8/5/2001 2:07:14 PM Eastern Daylight Time
From:    mcc@up-link.net


My heart and prayers are with you. I pray that God will comfort you through out each day. God bless, Paul.

Date: 7/19/2001 12:22:30 AM Eastern Daylight Time
From:    mwoolum@ntelos.net

Bill, I just read your story of your son, I to lost my son just this past march, he had turned 16 in Feb...........So many details, so many unanswered questions, They rule it as an accident, when the house caught fire, but you see his father got out of the house, He waited over an hour to tell someone to call 911, but he never mentioned that his son was in the house..............This is just not right....................I am sorry that you lost your son, I am sorry for all of us who have to live our lives with so much emptiness and pain......................You did a really good job on Williams site, I suppose that he was named after you...........Of course. You can visit my son at http://graceandpower-media.cityslide.com
Just click on dedication to Dustin James Ellis

Date: 7/18/2001 7:56:42 PM Eastern Daylight Time
From:    survival@dixie-net.com

Thank you for sharing your son with with rest of us.  I'm so sorry for
your loss.  My own daughter was murdered at the age of 18.  She was out
jogging one night and never came home.  This was 15 years ago this
month.  And it still hurts so.  I wish I was smart enough to honor her
with a web site, but alas I am not too computer savy.  Your site is so
sweet.  I know you miss him so. God bless you.
Carolyn Clayton


Date: 7/18/2001 6:47:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time
From: Bambi10717

Mr. Jenkins,

I read your book, What To Do When The Police Leave. It helped me when my child was murdered. I have since recommended it to several parents.

I enjoyed your site. Thank you for letting the world know about these love ones.

If possible, I would like my child's site to be added to yours.

Thanking you in advance for your time.

Wendy's mom

Date: 7/4/2001 1:01:56 AM Eastern Daylight Time
From: PAULA 4900

I am 35 and live in Las Vegas.  My parents divorced 5 years ago and also live in Las Vegas.  There was very little contact with them over those 5 years.  On April 15, 2001 at 11pm, I received a call from a friend saying the she just saw on the news that a 62 year old woman was shot and killed at Albertson's grocery store.  I knew that my mother was working till 9pm that night and I had not heard from her.  I called her home and there was no answer...I jumped in my car to go to the store and saw the flashing lights long before I got there.  After getting through to the front of the store...I found out that my mother had been shot by my father, before he killed himself.  He was 65. While reading your book, What to do when the police leave, I found out that it was normal to want to know more info.  I had to go the coroner's office the following day, to ID.  After reading the coroner's reports, I learned that my father shot my mother 12 times.  It appears that he tortured my mother, before firing a single shot through his head.  I had my only sibling, my sister, die 10 years ago of sudden brain death.  I was expecting my grief to be the same, boy was I WAY off.  My parents moved to Vegas 14 years ago, but I just moved here from Chicago 2 years ago. My best friend from Chicago was here 2 weeks ago to help me clean out mom's house. She left me this book.  It took me awhile to pick it up, and I still have concentration problems and have just been flipping through it reading different sections at different times.  But its very good for me to hear that the goofy things that I've been doing are normal.  I see a therapist once a week (big surprise) and she keeps telling me things I do are normal...but she has never been in this situation, and its just REAL good for me to hear it from someone who has.  Thanks for writing and publishing this book.


to view my web page: www.expage.com/paulacook101


Date: 7/13/2001 3:30:51 PM Eastern Daylight Time
From:    wtemple@nortelnetworks.com

I got the link from your site from Patricia Cornwell's website. I'm a big
fan of her work. I was surprised when I came across your page and decided to
stay and read it. I was very touched by the memorial you have created for
your son. I wanted to cry for the loss though I've never even experienced
something so tragic. I pray for you and your family. You are doing a great
thing by telling his story. It makes crimes real and their consequences
real. Also, it reminds us the victims are more important then the criminals
we most often focus on. God bless you.

Kindest Regards,

Wendi Mosley Temple


Date: 6/22/2001 1:50:05 AM Eastern Daylight Time
From: CWimer6896



Date: 6/9/2001 9:02:25 AM Eastern Daylight Time
From:    octagon@net-link.net

This is an incredibly touching site and a fit tribute to your wonderful,
brilliant son.  The personal touches of him, especially his room, tell
the most of him and how you felt for him.  I am so happy for you to have
had such a rich relationship with him in his too-short life.  It is as
if our children knew that this part of their journey would be short so
they packed the love, friendship and intensity in tightly.  It leaves us
to wonder what might have been and makes the work you do now through
your book, website, and lectures a continuation of your love for Will.
I am glad I met you.

Rick Omilian


Date: 5/16/2001 8:13:47 PM Eastern Daylight Time
From: AngelShanesMom

I just spent almost two hours in the site you created for your son, it is a wonderful tribute to William. I am so sorry for your loss. Every time I read of another taken by violence, it tears at my heart. My son was murdered two months after William. Why these things happen is something I will never understand. I have book marked your site to come back and visit. I am also going to try and get you book. I think all you are doing is a wonderful tribute to William and his memory, I know he must be so proud. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Mom to Jennie, Laurie & ^i^ Shane~forever 19

In Memory of Shane
Shane Hebert~Victim Without Justice


Date: 5/2/2001 1:18:02 PM Eastern Daylight Time
From:    David.R.Larson@ssa.gov

Dear Mr. Jenkins:

I came across your son's memorial website in a most unusual way...I was
looking up the Shakespeare quote "Good night, sweet prince" and it was one
of the results. 

It is truly a moving and beautiful site and I enjoyed very much looking
through it.  I feel as if I got to know you and your son and family very
well through it.  It must have taken you a long time to put it together but
what a lovely memorial it is.

I send you my deepest condolences.  I'm sure this is a tragedy that will
haunt you for the rest of your life but I do believe time makes all hurts
easier to bear.  My own father died very suddenly a year and a half ago and
much as it hurt then, the passing days have brought gradual healing.

I live outside Baltimore and have visited Richmond occasionally but haven't
been down there in a couple of years.  I'd love to meet you next time I'm
down that way.

I also note, your son died only 19 days before Princess Diana - God truly
must have been looking for some special angels up in heaven that month. 

Again, my prayers and sympathies go out to you.  May God watch over and
bless you and your family always.

David Larson

Date:  4/19/2001 5:55:56 PM Eastern Daylight Time

From:    kenrina@kenrina.freeserve.co.uk (Kenrina Maidment)

I was saddened to read about the tragic death of your son William. I read and cried, I found your reaction to this hideous crime and set of circumstances touching  . I think it is wonderful that you can turn something that has been so evil into something good to help others. 

I was saddened to read about the tragic death of your son William. I read and cried, I found your reaction to this hideous crime and set of circumstances touching  . I think it is wonderful that you can turn something that has been so evil into something good to help others.

I loved William's art work and poetry. I have an 8 year old son william too and a six year old son George.

Both are growing up so fast! I have been reminded that life is short and that I should make the most of my children.

The tribute to your William is superb. I just hope that you continue to get strength and hope from the good that is around. With Gods help im sure you will.

love and good wishes to you and Williams family. God bless you all.

Kenrina Maidment. U.K.

ps I found this link when visiting the 'official site of Patricia Cornwell'.

Date:    4/11/2001 11:27:54 PM Eastern Daylight Time
From:    DrKaygirl1147

I just wanted to thank you for such a beautiful site.  I too lost someone in my family, my younger sister.  She was killed by a train 9 years ago this May.  It is wonderful to find someplace where I can get help when I may need it.  Keep up the good work, and keep us all afloat


Date:    01/31/2001 5:57:33 PM Eastern Standard Time
From:    tinachery@institute4peace.org (Clementina Chery)

Hi Bill,

Just wanted to thank you for your book, "What to do when the police leave" and for your wonderful memorial to your handsome son. As I look at him and visit his world he reminds me of my oldest son Louis who was murdered on December 20, 1993. I hope that we can meet soon. Peace and Love always.


Date:    01/27/2001 8:43:50 AM Eastern Standard Time
From:    Jlkdhk

Dear Bill, We have just been visiting (Jeannie had been there before, but this was my first time) The anniversary of Jamie's shooting is coming up--Jan. 30, and Jan. 31 when he died at MCV. Visiting your site for William has brought up from way down inside of me all those emotions. I haven't had a good cry for a while, and apparently I have needed just that. Your website is incredible. What a gift to all of us who travel this road together. We are now thinking that we would like to do a piece for Jamie, one that would have input from his brothers. The memorials on your website are beautiful. Thanks, Bill. Tuesday, January 30, at the Capitol, there will be a press conference. I had not planned to go this time. I got burned out and depressed after the vigil on MLKing Day. The visits with those legislators made the whole effort seem hopeless. Now, having visited William's website, my energy to persevere is returning.
But, again, Bill, you have done an incredible job. What a labor of love. William would be proud of his father and somehow must know how much you love him.
Peace, David

Date:    01/03/2001 12:06:26 AM Eastern Standard Time
From:    Ronpaul33

Dear William's Family,
I was on the internet doing some research for my business when I stumbled upon y'alls web site. I spent almost two hours reading almost all of it in spite of my busy schedule. It is a very sad tragedy. The memorial you have created is a true work of art. I think your son would be proud of it.
Ronnie Schaefer

Date:  03/15/2000
From:    bill.jenkins@sympatico.ca (Bill Jenkins)

As another William Jenkins, I came across this site while ego-surfing.
I was very sorry to hear of your loss but I note that you have turned a
terribly sad situation into something positive to help others who also
grieve the loss of a family member.
I read part of your screwtape letters style note... It is really well
and captures CS Lewis' style admirably. However, it is too much to
read tonight. I'll have to return another time.
We're probably cousins, 300 times removed or so.
All the best,
Bill Jenkins,
Brockville, Ontario, Canada

Date: 3/18/2000
From:  MillionMomNJ

Mr. Jenkins, I was told of your web site by a fellow Million Mom March coordinator from Pennsylvania. I am working as the state coordinator for New Jersey.

Several times a week, in the midst of my hundreds of organizational emails, I receive notes from or about parents who are grieving the indescribable loss of their children to gun violence. It seems that every single one of these is more horrible than the next, but they are all equally tragic, and equally (indescribably) horrific in outcome.

I am a mother of a three year old son and a one year old daughter. My family has never experienced gun violence but I feel so vulnerable in the world we inhabit with the proliferation of guns and easy access by people who should not have easy access to far less deadly weapons. Everyday when I spend what seems like more hours than I have working on building the Million Mom March effort, I look at my children and hug them and cry the tears of a mother who never wants to outlive her children, especially as a result of senseless and preventable violence.

I know as human beings we are all vulnerable and have very little control over so many things in life, but I'll say one thing for certain -- I now know too much about how the gun industry and lobby has run roughshod over the public in this country. I am thoroughly and utterly sickened by their practices and intentionally misinformed constitutional claims. Their "rights". What about our children's rights to go to work and come home alive? or to school? or to a slumber party?

Mr. Jenkins, please know that my heart is linked with yours and that I grieve for you. Reading about your beautiful son and his life has bolstered me that much more to keep up the fight for good to prevail over evil, and peace to prevail over violence. May silence and indifference forever be gone from our behavior as members of the human race.

Peace to you.

Debra Wachspress
State Coordinator for New Jersey
Million Mom March -- Mothers' Day 2000

Date:  03/21/2000
From:    JADDixon@cs.com

You have built a beautiful memorial. I am sorry this had to happen to your son and your family. Thank you for your passionate efforts to stop it from happening to others

Judy Dixon
Doylestown, PA

Date:    01/26/2000 6:07:26 PM Eastern Standard Time
From:    kcwells@top.monad.net (Karin Wells)

Thank you for a beautiful and meaningful web site.
All Best,
Karin Wells
Karin Wells is a classical oil portrait artist who lives in
Peterborough, New Hampshire. Please visit her web site at:

Becky - 07/24/99 16:47:29
My Email:

I've been at this site for over 2 hours now and must go for now even though I've still not finished (will bookmark & return). I just wanted to say that I'm sorry for your loss but appreciate so much your determination to see good come from William's tragic death. My brother was murdered January 11, 1998, and I admire you for being able to pray for those you took your son's life. I am able occasionally to pray for Mike's murderer because I truly do feel sorry that she doesn't comprehend the value of his or anyone else's life. Thanks for sharing...God bless you and yours...William was lucky to have you as his father.

vikki - 06/19/99 07:14:31
My Email:

I am truly sorry for your loss. Your son looked like he was a very happy person and I know you miss him terribly. I lost my 46-yr. old husband of 5 years on May 30, 1998. We were at home, watching a movie, and he just died. He hadn't been ill, was not taking any medication, nothing, and poof! I had lost my best friend. My sister lost her son and only child on May 16, 1996, and he was only 25. Tom died of a severe asthma attack-he died at the hospital. All of our lives have been forever changed, and it just doesn't seem fair that these three young, good people are gone. May your son sleep with the angels.

Kathy M. - 06/18/99 23:51:49
My Email:

I visited William's page, and I read his writings. He was a very talented young man. I'm so sorry that he was taken from you, and in such a violent way. I must be a relief for you to have the judicial process over with. I'm glad the man who killed William will never get out of jail.

Linda Lane - 05/04/99 03:47:11
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I'm really not sure what to say! I was very touched by your page. I'm still in tears! I'm sincerely sorry for your loss; I imagine that everyday, is a challenge for you...I think this is a wonderful tribute to William.....You see I too lost my son...I have not been able to write Billy story yet. I have started it many times but just can't finish. Billy was trying to get some friends home safely, from his Birthday party but the boy driving would not turn over the keys so Billy rode along to see them safely home. I know what it's like to get that call...It was the night my world Ended...and will never be the same.... With the same broken heart...Linda

Lindsay Van Sicklen - 03/09/99 21:00:16
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Bill, Thanks for creating this magnificient memorial to your son. Your testimony in the midst of tragedy is a wonderful testimony both to the Body of Christ and the community at large. Lindsay

Lucy Bhatia - 03/02/99 18:27:09
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I share your grief. I too had a son murdered while at work in Virginia. Unfortunately, this happened in 1989. The perpetrator was convicted of first degree murder but the jury decided there was not enough evidence to convict him of the robbery. He wil be eligible for parole in 2002. Although everyone tells me he will not be getting out on parole, my only job for the rest of my life is to make sure this demon remains in jail. If he had not been parole three times previous to this, my son might still be alive. I have even told my oth r children that if something happens to me that they must carry on this fight for me and their brother. I wish you peace of mind and soul. Lucy Bhatia

Jeanette Koenig - 09/25/98 00:34:10
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jeri landon - 09/13/98 02:28:04
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i am so sorry for your loss!my beautiful 22 year old daughter died 2 months before william did.it has been a long journey,and i imagine a longer one yet to come.may peace find your hurting soul and sooth it.............jeri

Lewis B. Sponagle - 08/20/98 01:57:09
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I discovered your site through a recent MERELEWIS posting. May God bless you as you adjust to your great loss through a closer walk with Him. I shall revisit and recommend the site to others. God's blessings....Lew Sponagle

Wayne L. Tilden - 07/18/98 15:23:27
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Very touching. You are in my prayers.

Mrs. Evelyn Sichi - 05/02/98 04:43:21
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We read the Mere Lewis postings daily and were saddened to hear of the loss of your son. What a beautiful tribute this website is. Peace be with you. Evelyn Sichi

David Green - 04/29/98 03:23:10
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I am moved by your memorial to your son. Thank you for showing your love for him this way.

Barb - 04/08/98 10:43:12
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Dear Bill and family: Your website tribute to your son was truly touching. What a fitting memorial to a very special young man. I lost my son Jayson 3 years ago in a highway accident and know how this terrible experience changes your life forever. Barb

Jennifer - 04/03/98 14:37:34
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I knew Will When he was alive and I think this is a great website. Thank you for now I know a little more about Will than I knew before.

Luis Ramirez - 03/29/98 19:32:02
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Thank you, Bill, for sharing so much of this experience with us. As a father, and as your friend, I am helped in many ways through your openness and the sharing of your grief, faith and courage.

Denise - 03/24/98 20:43:41
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What a beautiful tribute to William. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Becky Mullen - 03/01/98 03:44:43
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I think this is a beautiful memorial to your son. My father passed away suddenly last sunday night of a heart attack. Thank you for sharing your son's life. God bless.

Lynn - 02/21/98 02:13:28
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Such a lovely tribute to your beautiful son. You touched my heart and soul with your words. I will keep William and your family in my prayers.

teri s. - 02/12/98 09:55:50
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I am so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you and your family. William was so young. I stumbled across this web site as I visited my own support group of alt.support.grief.pet-loss. I lost my furbaby son 3 weeks ago. I know that it is not the same as losing William, but he was like a son to me. He was 10. So I too grieve now along with you. I also love your tribute to your son. I'm glad that the people who took such a wonderful young man away from this world have been caught and are going to be sentenced. I too had a very good friend who lost a 16 year old son to murder about 3 years ago. You are very brave and inspiring to others. I hope you find some comfort in these words that someday soon you will be reunited with William and will w lk together once more. P.S. I have two children a girl 5 and a boy 4, and if something were to happen to them that I could be like you. God Bless You and Your Family.

Pat Rumer - 02/08/98 04:15:50
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Bill, what a wonderful memorial to an extraordinary son! I have corresponded with you via asg, and am glad I decided to visit this site. May God be with you always, and keep you and your family within the loving circle of his arms.

Rachel McCann - 02/04/98 02:13:35
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To Bill and Elise: I wanted to let you know that you did a beautiful job with William's web site. All the pictures and stories show all the love that you had, and still have, for William. I am so sorry that I never got to meet him, only gaze at him from afar. I wish you ontinued peace and healing. Love, Rachel

Dave Garman - 01/27/98 13:52:18
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A fitting tribute and memorial to an exemplary young man. Well done Bill. Cousin Dave

Sher Cashin - 01/21/98 12:05:57
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I was so touched by your pages dedicated to your son. You see, I have a 17 yr. old daughter, born 5/6/80. We're in the college process, etc., as I'm sure you were also before August came. She, too, is a gifted musician -- suffice it to say my heart was st uck deeply by your first page. I will pray for you and for your family. I can only imagine what your sense of loss must be. May you find great comfort and peace in the arms of the God who made you and your precious son.

nancy - 01/20/98 02:15:33
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Thank you for sharing your son's life with us. I cried as i read it ---i share your feelings of loss, i too, have lost a son.... the pain is forever

Bill Chadwick - 01/20/98 00:11:09
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The page is incredible! And perfectly fitting for such an incredible young man. I share your pain William....and your joy...as only a bereaved father could. My heart leaps when I see the pictures of William and the examples of his work. What a treasur chest. Thanks for sharing part of his life and love with us. I know how proud you must be. Love & Peace, Bill

Nina Collins - 01/19/98 14:05:31
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Lynda - 01/19/98 12:39:37
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Bill, thank you for the small journey into the life of your son, William. I trusted that it would be a comforting experience based on your posts in ASG. My Love to you and your family, you remain in my thoughts and prayers. Lynda, Bob's other half 5/8/48~8/3/95

TAMMY - 01/19/98 09:18:57
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Dear Bill, What a beautiful and loving memorial to your precious son. You continue to be such an inspiration to those of us who are grieving as does your wife. All that you have written and established in your sons memory will never be in vain. William must be so very proud to know that his talents and spirit live on through your words.............let alone, his own gifts of expression. What a loving, talented and kind son you raised, and how very blessed he was to have had a dad, stepmom and mom (and many others that loved him so. William has forever touched my life and so have you.......I send you all my love.......in memory of your son. Love, Tammy Grieving Hearts (forever grieving the sudden death of my love Mark)

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