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Pages in Will's World for you to visit:
William's Life and Photo Gallery
William's Interests, Links, and Artwork
Information on Some of the Other Memorials Dedicated
To William's Memory
(Come See the Daylily)
Text of the News Stories Surrounding William's Murder
and the Trials.
An Extensive List of Links and Information
on Sites Useful to Grieving Teens and Adults
Grief and Family Support
Related To Gun Violence
Boards and Chats
Information on the Memorial Scholarship Funds
Links to Other Memorial Sites on the Web. You
May Submit Your Own Memorial Site To Your Loved One Here, As Well
Published and Unpublished Articles Written by Me
Regarding My Own Grief and Sense of Loss.
Talks and Writings
Selected Newsgroup Posts
A "Letter of Demonic Advice" in the style
of C. S. Lewis' The Screwtape Letters
regarding the loss of a child and a short story I'd like to believe could come
Information on our book.
More Resources and Materials for Bereaved Families
Photos of William
After the Age of 13
- When William was 14, he moved to Tennessee with his mom, brother
and sister. They remained there until March, 1997 when they moved back home to Richmond.
During this time, William's artistic talents began to mature. He drew, wrote poetry, and
took up the electric guitar. Because he was naturally left-handed, he actually learned to
play both left- and right- handed. Left-handed on his own guitar, a Kramer which he bought
second-hand and strung upside-down, and right-handed on everyone else's. William jammed
with his friends constantly, and he and I would often jam when we would get together.
Occasionally, he would call me up and play some tunes and riffs over the phone for me,
just to show me that he had been practicing, and to show off a little.
- He made deep and lasting friendships during this period, and began to show himself as an
honorable, loyal, and stable figure among his group. His friends remember him fondly, and
with great sorrow, because they know that William's kindness and gentle talent was a rare
treasure. He cared about them, he protected them, and he loved them. When he moved away,
his friends were deeply saddened. When he died, they were heartbroken, for they knew the
value of the life which had been taken from them.
- In the summers of 1995 and 1997, William went to work with me daily to work on
theatrical productions for which I was designing and providing scenery. Those days hold
special memories for me, as we began to develop a working relationship, and a friendship
which went beyond the bonds of father and son. William became my best friend during that
time, and I wish for all fathers the joy of this type of relationship with their sons. It
is not to be missed.
- William worked hard, he studied hard, and he proved himself an
intelligent, caring, and gentle young man who was deeply thoughtful and spiritual. He was
filled with joy and laughter, and even though he went through his share of teen-age angst
and growing pains, he always remained open to his parents' advice and instruction, and the
experiences and values we tried to share with him. We always respected him, and he did his
best to respect and cooperate with us as his parents.
- He loved the outdoors, and as a scout, he enjoyed camping, skiiing, and working together
with the group to make good things happen. He appreciated the works of a variety of
science-fiction and fantasy writers, and though his musical tastes were more in line with
more contemporary bands, he could and did appreciate a wide variety of styles of music.
His friendships were also wide-ranging. He often went out of his way for his friends, and
he often befriended people of all ages who were in need of friendship and care. He
respected everyone equally, and even though he himself was often very popular, he never
traded on that popularity, prefering instead to place the needs of others in priority.
These pictures were taken in 1994 when William, Paul, and Mary were
visiting for Christmas:
- In 1995, William participated in my wedding with Elise, his
step-mom. William and Elise developed a wonderful relationship which was based on mutual
respect, shared interest, and sincere affection. She took it upon herself to educate him
in the finer points of music that he had missed, Elton John, Eric Clapton, and Bob Dylan
- He looked pretty good in a tuxedo, don't you think?.
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