Elijah D Gonzales
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On the evening of August 26, 2011 Elijah D. Gonzales died from injuries sustained in a car accident early that morning. Elijah was 25 years old, he had gone out for a night of fun that ended his life. He was the victim of a drunk driver who was also a friend and roommate. The two went out for a night of drinking and socializing as they had done many times previously without any dire consequences. The thing that they failed to realize is that every time someone gets behind the wheel of a car intoxicated they are playing Russian roulette with their lives and the lives of others. In the blink of an eye Elijah went from a fun loving, outgoing, adventurous outdoors man with dreams of creative greatness to a box of ashes in the cemetery and his friend is sitting in the cell of a corrections facility. Elijah had yet to marry, have children, own a home or create a legacy. He had barely begun his life and then it was over. Left behind are his mother, sister, two nieces and a nephew. Elijah's life ended quickly and it is doubtful that he saw it coming or suffered but those he left behind will suffer his loss for the rest of their lives. Drinking and driving is an issue that is taken too lightly and many persons don't believe that this could actually happen to them but it can. Elijah is dead, his family suffers his loss daily and his death is something his friend will carry with him the rest of his life. Please help the tragic death of Elijah Gonzales mean something - make the choice to prevent a tragedy like this from happening to you or someone you love - don't drink and drive and do all you can to prevent those in your life from drinking and driving. We miss you every day Elijah! Love Mom & Sisi

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Published in The Gazette on Aug. 26, 2013.
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August 28, 2013
Dear Mrs. Gonzales
My heart goes out to you and your family. Your memorial to your son speaks volumes to so many mothers out there. He was a handsome young man and I pray that my daughter and all the other young adults out there will at least try to comprehend how many lives were affected by this tragic loss involving the choice to drink and drive. May God Bless you and yours
shirley peterson
August 28, 2013
We were there... and we still remember. We will ALWAYS remember. Every time we drive past the blue memorial road sign in front of Pine Creek HS where the accident happened, it's a prayerful reminder of our friend Eli and your family. Our hearts will never forget him.
Much love from Chris, Amy & Leslie Marafine
August 27, 2013
What a powerful message this sends! I will share Elijah's story with my children, in hopes that it will make a difference in their decisions to not drink and drive! My heart breaks for you and your loss! May you find peace and healing!
Shelley Hansen
August 27, 2013
Dear Mrs Gonzales, I would like to say to express my sincere condolences for the loss of your son.I did not know Elijah, but from one mother to another My heart goes out to you because in the blink of an eye he was taken away from his family and friends.His Life was cut short. May out Lord Jesus Christ fill that void that was left in the hearts and soul of this family and friends.He was just to young to die. God Bless the Gonzales family.
Rest in Peace Elijah!
Mona Martinez
August 27, 2013
I also did not know Elijah... but as a mother of two young sons, I pray against this everyday.. its my worst nightmare. I will pray for your family and for Elijah. I'm so sorry for your loss
August 26, 2013
I read the memorian obituary today and I was say when I read the Memorian. I didn't know Elijah, but wanted to express my sincere sympathy to the family. May he rest in peace with all the Angels.
Manuel Amaro
August 26, 2013
Your sorrow and beautiful words are prompting me to share this on facebook so that my grandchildren can read it. Thank you for your concern for others; may Elijah's life still fulfill good things. I hope you can find comfort in knowing his life had such value. God bless your hearts.
August 26, 2013
My heart goes out to you from one mother to another. I am so sorry your son has to be the example for others. Hope his death will not be in vain nd other young people will learn from this tragedy. God of all comfort be with you this day and in days to come. Kathy D.
August 26, 2013
I did not know Elijah but wanted to offer my sincere condolences. Your writing is powerful and I will be printing it out and sending it to my sons. Peace be with you. ~Dawn, Colorado Springs
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