I have polled my friends and they all knew someone who died when they were a senior in high school. For me, it was Danny McLoughlin who I wrote about here.
And now, for my son, it is his classmate, John Fernando, who fell off a roof this past Friday. John wasn't a close friend of his, but when a 17 year old who you saw every day dies, it hits hard. The fragility of life, gone in such a quick moment, happens to someone, somewhere, every minute of the day. It's scary, sad, frightening, painful and mind-numbing to think about too carefully.
My heart goes out to John's parents, brother and the entire Beacon High School community who were close to him. It was a sad day indeed.
Daily News story here.