|Photo from Schoedinger slideshow|
I got the e-mail from my editor on Friday about this young boy's death. I began making phone calls and one of his coaches mentioned that the kids were saying it was suicide. I already felt awful about this but that just made me feel so much worse.
After finding that out, I decided to go to his visitation because I naively thought I could get a quote from his parents. I also needed a picture. I didn't have realistic expectations.
The visitation was very crowded. Before it started, I approached two young boys who seemed to be his friends but they just shook their heads at me. It hurt to be rejected like that but I had to remind myself I was there to do a job and to not take it personally. I was able to talk to two other people and get quotes.
Going to the visitation made it feel all the more real to me. It wasn't just another story. This boy had brothers and parents. His mom and I even share the same first name.
Everyone I talked to said how he was always smiling and was such a nice boy. I wish I had known him.
I have a feeling that when the police report becomes available, I may have to report on the details of what happened Tuesday night. My sincere prayers go out to his family and I hope they know I tried my best to write a respectful article for Matt.