December 9, 2013.
Today, we had the candle lighting for a dear friend Kenn Merlos. Kenn, you’ve touched so many hearts throughout your short put amazing lifetime. So many people were joined together today and as one. You meant a lot to everyone. I remember how much we “The Street” would hang out. You, Tomas, Torta, Ernie, Max and Bri were all I hung out with. You were the goody skinny kid that loved Breathe Carolina so much. I remember how much you used to tease me by calling me a hipster and make fun of how I said “that’s so mainstream.” Yes it irritated me, that’s why you did it. I remember when I first met you, I thought you were gay lol turns out your weren’t. lol I’ll forever have nothing but positive memories about you. Today, my heart tore so much. Everyone as one, crying their hearts out for you. Seeing torta break down is what killed me the most. Having Torta your cousin break down was just, I can’t even explain. What tore me the most is when torta and I were hugging, he broke down badly crying on my shoulders as I hugged him tightly. As he cried, his shaky voice told me that he loved me, I told him “I love you too torta, I’ll always be here for you no matter what.” My heart couldn’t take how much pain he and all of us were in. You and Torta were my babies, we were supposed to watch out for you guys. As my senior year ended, we all went our separate ways. I wish we could have still stayed together as a group. You guys will always mean everything to me no matter how drifted away we are from each other. Kenn, you passed away doing what you loved. Keep riding my darling. You’ll forever will be in my heart. Ride In Paradise Kenn Merlos.
Arthur Conan Doyle, A Study in Scarlet
"The reader may set me down as a hopeless busybody, when I confess how much this man stimulated my curiosity, and how often I endeavoured to break through the reticence which he showed on all that concerned himself. Before pronouncing judgment, however, be it remembered how objectless was my life, and how little there was to engage my attention. My health forbade me from venturing out unless the weather was exceptionally genial, and I had no friends who would call upon me and break the monotony of my daily existence."