Five Years Ago Today

I was walking back to my home this evening when I passed near a group of about six adults, gathered near a tree on Gladys Avenue, just south of Wells. From a distance, I couldn't tell what they were up to. From up closer, I could see what it was. They had come back to pay their respects to Ryan Dasalla, who was shot and killed at that place five years ago today.

I can't imagine what it must have been like to lose a friend in that way and at the age of 17. It's great that his old friends saw fit to gather after work or after class or where ever it is they are in their lives today, to reflect on their deceased friend. I hope they're keeping his memory alive and working extra hard to make a positive difference in their community.