None of you may know me, but Shannon was a very special person in my life. He was my first date. My father came with us (I come from a traditional Italian family) to the Elephant Walk on Charleston where we had ice cream. Shannon endured all that went with dating the oldest daughter in that family with grace and humor. He is remembered fondly by me and my siblings. He left me with an enduring attraction for Irish men; both of my husbands have been Irish! He gave me a sense of worth and confidence, an amazing gift to a 16 year old girl and I love him still for that. I knew he would be an amazing husband and outstanding father . My condolences to all of you for your loss....it is huge.