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RIP My Friend
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Published: August 25, 2012
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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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I Pay Condolences to His Loved Ones
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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:
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WTF? O_o
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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.
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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.

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I know this was posted a while back, but he seems like he was a cool guy.

May he rest in piece.
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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.
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I'm really sorry to hear about your loss!
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well,may he rest in peace, he truly deserves it 
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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"?....... 
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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.
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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.....
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I'm sorry. My condolences. Hope your family is feeling better now...
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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.
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I'm so sorry for your loss.
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I'm so sorry for your loss :(
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Im so sorry... I always loved pervy sage from the old Naruto books when I was younger, he sounds like an awesome hero 
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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:
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i am so so so sorry. :(
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Wow. Now that's a hero.
I am so very sorry for your loss.
No greater love than that.
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I'm so sorry about you loss. :( That driver should have been careful!
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