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RIP My Friend by LilleahWest RIP My Friend by LilleahWest
Today is my friend's funeral...

In the anime Naruto Shippuden Jiraiya died defending what he loves... As did Hari.
My Friend's actions when he and my sister were faced with the speeding car is testament to the kind of person he was. My friend had less than a second to respond to the approach the of the car which was moving at 120 feet a second... his response was to try and get my sister out of the way... As a result she is badly injured but alive.
MY friend died a hero.

He was one of my best friends, my sister's boyfriend... a fellow cosplayer and overall nerd who loved Zelda and anime and all the things my sister and I love... the three of us got a long so well it felt as if he were family... his untimely death and the incident surrounding it has shaken the world I live in.

He was a pure hearted, kind, happy, trustworthy soul... a man like him leaves a huge hole in you heart. He will be dearly missed.

There will be a public memorial Sunday Sept 2nd at noon at Sac-Anime to celebrate this great man, famous at the con for his uplifting personality and cosplay of Jiraiya.

EDIT Video of the Sac-Anime memorial


More about what happened.

On July 16th around 10pm my sister and her boyfriend/my good friend and fellow costumer were walking home with my sister's 4 dogs (which were all killed that night)

They were in the cross walk less than a 100 feet from our home when a drunk driver going 80mph down a 35mph residential road, failed to make a turn and plowed through the stop sign on the far side of the intersection... he struck the group and just kept on going, never slowed or stopped.

My sister was in the car's direct path, my friend was directly behind her, he told her to run and shoved her. My sister was clipped and ended up with a compound fracture of her leg, ankle damage and flesh wounds... but he was hit full force, loosing his leg and suffering internal injury... 13 days later my friend lost his life.

he never left the ICU after the hit and run incident. He was due to stay there for weeks, we had been warned he was not out of the woods yet, but he was making progress, he was improving, it had been almost 2 weeks since he was hit... we felt like he was in the clear, and then so very suddenly, he was gone.

My friend was a kind, gentle, jolly person who just naturally knew how to make people happy. He completed my sister's life and brightened mine. The three of us got along so well it felt as if he was family, I expected for him to one day become my brother in law.

He was a person loved by many and he will be dearly missed.

Rest in Peace my friend, you will never be forgotten.

My sister will forever love you and you will forever be my friend.
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catface20 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2019
I Pay Condolences to His Loved Ones
snruterrettahdam Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Man I'm sorry to hear about your loss, your friend seemed like a real hero there sacrificing himself to save someone else. I hope he's at peace and in heaven and he would want you to be happy in life and carry on. Still that was a beautiful story, my deepest condolences :hug:
DemonWolf11 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2016
snruterrettahdam Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
WTF? O_o
K0-g Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I understand your pain and I pray that he forever Rests In Blissful Peace.
To you I give my deepest sympathies and condolences.
To Harison a true Gentalman Hero.
SlowlyFallingAwake Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your friend seems like a commendable person after reading the above. I hate drunk drivers, there is no justification for this whatsoever.
Hope you have found some peace after the incident. Hope also that wherever your friend is, he is at peace and in a good place.
The best thing you can do is continue to honor his act of love, his person, and be good to others in your way, like your friend was.

Take care.

W3IRDR3D Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2016   Digital Artist
I know this was posted a while back, but he seems like he was a cool guy.

May he rest in piece.
rea5press Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I happened to come across this.. and I am speechless.
Your friend truly deserves to be honored. And you are great in doing so!
I fail to be good at words but, I am very sorry for your loss and I wish you and your family, as well as his family, all the best.
CooperGal24 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm really sorry to hear about your loss!
soulessone12 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2015
well,may he rest in peace, he truly deserves it 
AerodynamicDragon Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Student General Artist
I feel so sad that someone so dear to another has died... But hey, I'm pretty sure sometime in his life, he said something along the lines of "Keep on smiling"?....... 
bubbles46853 Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
SaintsSauce Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I am aware that this is old, but my heart goes out to every life form that has been affected in some way. I hope that the pain has healed a little bit.
The4StarGeneral Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Its been almost 2 years since his lovable heart has passed on......I still have tears running down my cheek.....I hate seeing lovable people like him die.....We'll really miss him a lot.....
Tammiechan Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I'm sorry. My condolences. Hope your family is feeling better now...
striker0 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
I know this was posted last year, but my condolences do go out to you, your sister, and the rest of your family.  Your friend sounded like a awesome guy, and although he has passed onto the great beyond, I bet he's watching you guys.  Losing a friend is never easy, especially when the circumstances behind it are not justifiable. 

I can only hope the monster that took this young mans life, as well as destroying the lives of those around him, is living with absolute guilt.
VazquezG19 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm so sorry for your loss.
the-death-sock Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm so sorry for your loss :(
Turtlechap Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Im so sorry... I always loved pervy sage from the old Naruto books when I was younger, he sounds like an awesome hero 
Sanluris Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
My family have been affected by distracted drivers. It's never been too bad but if it ever were really bad I hope I'd be like your friend and try to save people.

I'm sorry for your loss. :sniff:
itisMarco Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013
i am so so so sorry. :(
StaticStreak Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013
Wow. Now that's a hero.
I am so very sorry for your loss.
No greater love than that.
littlecreator333 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Student General Artist
I'm so sorry about you loss. :( That driver should have been careful!
apoj Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
i hate myself for asking, but was the driver found by police?
LilleahWest Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
He was arrested under DUI a few days later, he will stand trial for hit and run second degree murder this summer...
apoj Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
i glad that he will face judgment.
Bananatect Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's a beautiful story. My deepest condolences for your loss.
tansyuduri Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Student Writer
I'm so sorry
Miintyfloss Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This just made me cry. :(
Mariannj Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
RIP :,(
seifer-sama Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I didn't realize that it was your sister he was dating. When I heard the news of his death I just about burst into tears. He was a hero and a truly kind person. I thought it was wonderful that Sac Anime played that video for him. Anyway, I am very sorry for you and your sister. I miss him too.
Paraceratherium Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
Reading this makes me so angry at those mofos who just pulls this kind of shit! What da fuk was da drunk driver trying to prove? Any kind of reckless driving is bullshit!

I know a couple who survived a severe car accident. Sure they're now retired and have their own home paid off because of the settlement, but the wife is now disabled and the husband still feels pain whenever he walks. They were only in their early thirties.
Goldfish-24-7 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
WQFHWCS Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahh, that is so sad...well as can see he must have been a fun person.


KcK-pain Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
rest in peace RIP he turely is a hero
Kayru-Kitsune Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh gawd all the feels :cryforeverplz:

Seriously... what an amazing and honorable story... all my love to the rest of you, and so much respect for this man.
RedRoronoa Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't think there are any words to explain how sad I am, or how devastating it must of been for all of you to go through this unfair ordeal.. But I send you my deepest condolence, and best of luck to you in the future.

RIP brave hero. :salute:
JedaUW Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
People say guns kill more people than anything else, its so very wrong. I have heard of more car accidents than anything closely related to guns. My brother's life was lost in a car accident as well. He was in the army, going to his post, he fell to sleep in the car, as the driver went under a tractor trailer....He was killed instantly.

What I am saying is that I feel you pain, and my heart goes out to you guys.
Lynja Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is heart breaking :'( R.I.P, such a noble deed should never be forgotten, and never should he.
Yetac Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
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dharne Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
So sorry to hear about this, terrible way to lose someone. All the best to you all and I hope that drunk driver gets what's coming to him.
TheEliCash Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Faved for respect. RIP.
OUC Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My god, this man should always be remembered as a shining example of a great person. Rest in piece to a kind strong soul
Radiant-Laurels Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh... my gosh..I cried reading thing. May his example live on to inspire others, there are not many heroes left int he world who are simply good hearted.
candy-yuki Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist
i am sorry for this, :( almost cried. I am truly sorry you lost such an awesome friend,and brother <:) May he live on in your memories and greet you in heaven :')
MeepMeepMelee Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I saw your profil and clicked this picture... Now I'm crying... We hear very rarely by such heroes.

Deepest condolence for your loss..
Tsukune Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
rest in peace hari, your sacrifice was not in vane your love will live for the oth of you standing tall with her heart on her shoulder
Hoq Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
uhm...I know what you feel.. RIP.
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