Zachary Paul Robinette, born March 2, 1988 - died March 2, 2013
Saturday, March 2, 2013 about 10:30am, Zachary's 25th Birthday, my husband received a call from our youngest son, Jacob. In such a panic he said he had just got a text message that he should go the Hospital, Zachary maybe dead. Can you imagine receiving such a text about your older brother? My husband and I were out food shopping and rushed to the hospital. I knew it was true when I walked through the double doors. There stood my Jacob, the shell of a typically happy and smiling 18 year old, Zachary’s “little bro.” Jacob was much taller and thinner than Zachary but to him, Zachary was 10 feet tall.
Jacob facial expression was as if he saw Jesus Christ walk through that door but it was only me, my husband only a few yards behind me. For a few seconds, I think Jacob believed that I was his savor, that mommy could make everything better like when they were younger.
Jacob’s arms hung lifeless by his sides, palms forward, skin so pale and sweaty, and I knew Zachary wad dead. As I rushed towards Jacob, his knees almost buckled. He kept repeating, “Mom, he must be dead, they wouldn’t let me see him. He must be dead. Why can’t I see him..., Mom…Mom…?”
Here, we are today, with Zachary’s Birthday only 3 weeks away. My husband and I are shattered and Zachary’s two sisters and little bro are hurt, confused, and angry.
The text message was sent from Zachary’s a short term girlfriend to my Jacob cell phone. Who in their right mind sends a text message like that…the text messaging girlfriend didn’t show up at the hospital until after 2:30pm. When my daughters went to Zachary’s town home, later that day, everything of value was gone. No one has been charged with Zachary’s death. Zachary would have graduated college that May, with his degree in Business.
Zachary Paul Robinette
Born March 2, 1988 - died March 2, 2013