Alex got to know Lennon and Jarrad while at SWS.
When we were moving last year (2006) to NC, where Alex is attending college, we needed someone with a truck to take all the furniture and other stuff we donated to Goodwill.
Well, Jarrad had a truck and he and Dominick Ali came up to help us. After what seemed to be their 40th trip to Goodwill, the four of us sat down on the floor to have lunch.
I had bought sandwiches, chips and soda to all of us but Jarrad declined his soda, saying that he didn't drink any to maintain his clear skin. After all, he wanted to do modeling as well.
Since that was the first time I was having a conversation with Jarrad, I thought him to be the sort of person who would do very well in life: he knew what he wanted at that time and was focused into getting it.
I was impressed, not only for his incredible beauty but also for his inner beauty as it was easy to see the type of man he already was and that he was to become.
After they moved all the furniture, I gave Jarrad all my mattresses. He wanted to cover his room with them so that he could have a lot of people sleeping over. It was a fun idea!
Ours was but a very brief encounter, though I want to say that he left a mark in my soul.
So, it is with immense sorrow that I am now writing this memorial. I have only one son, but I think that no matter how many children we have, nothing, nothing can ever fill the deep hole that is left in our soul when they leave us.
That bad things happen to good people is a judgment that I can't make; for who is to know what is good and what is bad? I think, however, that tragedies such as this should not happen to anyone, let alone to such a great and generous family.
I am so very sorry about Jarrad leaving you and this world so soon. It is too soon… I am sure he has more important things to do which he could not do while bound by a body. His was a higher call and though it cuts too deep, we need to appreciate the honor of having him in our lives, briefly as it may have been.
I know there is not a word that would console any of you, not now, not in 50 years, so I can only wish that you find peace. You already know that you are embraced by love, as Jarrad is and always will be.
May you be blessed,