Wednesday, January 31, 2007

RIP Stephen Watts

I got one of those calls today that you are never expecting and dread once you know what they are about. An old friend of mine was found dead in his apartment Monday night. Stephen and I met in high school when I was dating his best friend but continued to be friends even after Jason and I broke up. As a matter of fact, we went to his prom together junior year. Imagine my shock when Mom called me at work to tell me that she had heard on the news last night that he had died. Of course the circumstances of his death are unclear. He died from a single gunshot wound and was found by his roommate. Stephen was a police officer in Daphne, AL. My hope is that it was an accident because I don’t believe that Stephen was the type of person to commit suicide. While we hadn’t been close in years, Stephen was always a happy person. I just can’t imagine him being in such a pit of dispair and wanting to take his own life. But then you never know. I haven’t seen Stephen since my wedding three years ago but I was happy when we reconnected on MySpace last year. I just still can’t believe it is true. The world will definitely be a sadder place without Stephen in it. He truly was a wonderful person and someone I was privileged enough to call my friend. Stephen, you will be missed.