Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Garden of Peace...

On January 8, 2009, the world suffered a great loss - this time, one of our dear family friends, By all accounts, Isaiah was a loving, caring, honour roll student who had never been in any type of trouble. At eighteen, he was just beginning life when the fire department responding to a call for a car on fire, discovered his body in the back seat, burnt beyond recognition. His death was ruled a homicide and remains unsolved as of date.

Every given opportunity, I visit the Garden of Peace memorial gardens in downtown Boston (pictured below). It calls to me everytime I walk by and I can't help but stop for a moment and remember those who have lost their lives as a result of homicide.

I pray that you never experience this excruciating pain.

For those who have, my heart goes out to you and yours.

*For more information, please visit: http://www.gardenofpeacememorial.org/

*Click here to read the poem I wrote on the night we lost Isaiah.

*Sharing a post written by vchelle on the same night. She only met him one time. I think you will understand the impact he had on others. Click here.

*You can review the FOX news coverage on Isaiah, please click here. Within weeks after his death, the network news predictably moved on to the next "big story". His unsolved murder, however, lingers on in the minds of his family and loved ones. I only pray that his case will soon be solved and bring some closure to all those who loved and cherished him.






















*Post-thought: Although it is painful to lose our loved ones, it's definitely a reality and part of life. As a child, I would always look at the adults and wonder how death seemed so acceptable to them. I now know it is never easy, but after the grief, we do get to a place of acceptance and peace. Thanks again for your kind words.

*Update:  An arrest has been since made for the person responsible for murdering Isaiah.  We now anxiously await the outcome of a trial.

11 comments:

m. heart said...

what a painful and shocking way to lose someone, especially someone so young. words can't even do justice to the sadness and frustration his family must be experiencing.

i'm amazed by your premonition about your cousin. i think it's always best to listen to our gut feelings when something doesn't seem right, even if it feels silly or like an overreaction at the time.

Gayle said...

Oh, Se'lah, I'm so sorry for the pain that you, your family and your family friends have been through. I hope that Isaiah's homicide is solved and his family finds some closure and peace.

Christina said...

This happens all too often. The news goes on to the next big story, while family struggles to keep their hearts above water.

Thank you for sharing. Isaiah lives in your heart.
xo

vchelle said...

Se'Lah, what a beautiful way to remember our loved ones - through peace. Your premonition of your loved ones didn't come from your thoughts but from your Being.

I, do, remember Isaiah and after remembering that I've met him, I remember taking a deep breath in place of the lost words. Remember, Please, take a deep breath?

http://operationyou.blogspot.com/2009/01/please-take-deep-breath.html

I'm sure this is what the Garden of Peace brings you. Thank you for sharing. Sending you lots of love!

margie said...

why do bad things happen to good people? so quickly the world moves one while we stand frozen with our own pain. looking for a way to break through it.

Katie in MA said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. It doesn't get any easier after someone you love has passed. I find that the hurt just changes. I believe down to the tips of my toes, though, that thinking about them and loving them helps them from where they are. Thanks for sharing your picture with us. It brought me peace hundreds of miles away.

sunnymama said...

This is so sad, especially that he was such a young man. The Garden of Peace sounds a special place.

SE'LAH... said...

I appreciate all your kind words and thoughts.

Every day is a gift.

ELK said...

you honored two amazing young men in this post ~a gift given to your blog readers...
so sorry for the loss and pain

Relyn said...

Oh. There is such heartbreak in this post. I will be praying for his family. Again and again.

Alicia (aka Dr. Mom) said...

What can mere words say to this type of tragedy? Oh, I am so saddened for you and your family. I cannot imagine such a loss, especially through violent means. Hold on to love, through the pain. I suppose that is the one thing that can get us all through...