Volume 93, Issue 74

Thursday, February 10, 2000


Short life, still touched many others

Life in death

Funeral deserved coverage

Short life, still touched many others

Re: "UWO mourns students" Feb. 1

To the Editor:
I am writing this letter after having just attended the funeral of Jason David Edmunds, one of the three young men whose lives tragically ended on the evening of Jan. 29.

The ceremony was held at my Alma Mater, H.B. Beal Secondary School, where I attended high school with Jay. I didn't know him well, but I was fortunate enough to know him through some classes we took together. He was always a very friendly, outgoing and approachable person.

The thing that saddened me the most about Jason's death, was thinking about how soon he was taken and about all of the things that he won't get to experience. He won't get married, he won't have children and he won't get to grow old with someone. He was only 23 years old – the same age as me.

But among the tears that were shed during his funeral, something else dawned upon me. I took a good look around the room and realized that it was a full house – standing room only. I thought to myself, "Look at all of these people whose lives, in one way or another, he has touched."

There were hundreds. His life may have ended short, but he had accomplished so much and been loved by so many. I think that this is what we should remember about all three young men.

For those of you reading this who knew Jay, I want you to say a little prayer for him and smile and think not about our loss, but about how much joy he brought into so many lives around him.

Peace go with you Jason – you are deeply loved and missed by many.

Melanie Caldwell
Anthropology IV

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