i lost my dad to a senseless act

by Holly
(U.S.)

On Friday morning, August 24, 2012, I received a call from my aunt; I was in a meeting & just knew something was wrong. Never in my life would I have thought it was about my dad. I hadn't spoke with him in 3 years, since his sister's funeral. He completely cut himself off from his family & friends. I knew he was depressed, maybe even ashamed for being an alcoholic, but that didn't matter to me; he was still my dad & I loved him. My dad was riding his bike home from a neighbors house when he was hit by two intoxicated men who stole a flatbed trailer. These men hit him, dragged his body & left him for dead. They didn't even know they hit him! His body was so mangled we could only show his face. He was cut all over. Everything happened so fast. I still don't know how I feel, anger that I haven't spoke with him, hate for the idiots that did this to my father, regret that I didn't try to reach out to him more. It sadens me that my dad won't see my sister graduate high school early, this winter. Or see my childrens disney pictures from this fall. The men who did this are being sentenced to jail for a long time, but it won't bring my dad back! I hope he's out there watching out for us & knows how much he was loved! I miss you dad & I'm sorry this happened.

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