When our son's were home with us, I would not go to bed until the last person was home and in bed. Today, every night before I go to bed, I kiss William's Urn and give it a hug. I tell him I miss him and that I love him. I pray with him sometimes too. I tell him everything that is going on, and tell him that I wish he was here to participate in it all.
My wife Lynn and I raised a loving, giving, intelligent, and thoughtful young man. He was taken from us by someone who is just the opposite. I hope that is not too offensive for the grief police. I no longer care if Ponce's family takes offense to this. They raised a monster (or two). They created this.
William's birthday is coming up soon. It still hurts so bad. We think about him constantly. It hurts even more knowing his killer is still out there. The coward devastated our family and then couldn't stand up to it and ran. The longer this goes on, the worse it is.
William was loved by everyone who knew him. He was always helping others. He was a very compassionate person. He volunteered for two summers at Shriners hospital because he liked helping children get through the fear of having to have surgery. Even though he only needed 75 volunteer hours to graduate High School, William put in hundreds of hours at Shriner's Hospital. William graduated in 2010 with honors. He made everything look easy. He could do anything. His smile would light up a room and he could cure you with one of his hugs. He would know just what kind of hug you needed. William could make a friend just by saying hello. In High School they would call him "Big Brother" because he was always looking out for others. At 6'1" and 220 lbs William was a big man, but the biggest part about him was his heart. William will be missed forever. The world lost a beautiful soul.
William and I used to do a lot of perch fishing this time of year on Lake Erie. William was an outstanding fisherman and my favorite fishing partner. He was an uncanny fisherman. This year I have only gone out once. I just have a hard time fishing without him. For a guy who grew up on Lake Erie that's tough. For a father that is really hard to take. With hunting season starting soon it gets even harder. William was my hunting buddy too. He was a good deer hunter. Last year I shot the first deer that came by just to get out of the woods. This year, I didn't even shoot. I couldn't do it without him.
The person who killed William, (Christopher Ponce), is just the opposite. He doesn't care about anyone but himself. He has few friends and is now on the run after escaping his house arrest on May 9, 2013. His family did not teach him proper values. Instead, they enabled his bad behavior. Even buying him cars when he had such a terrible driving record. Some people have no character. Karma will get them. Please help us find this animal and bring him to justice.