Deven was a cousin of mine. Yesterday afternoon he left this earth to return to his heavenly home. He was only 16 and was way to young too go. Our family is left with lots of unanswered questions and a billion why's?
I remember Deven as a fun little boy. Him and my brother were the same age. I was ten years older so they were kind of annoying to me the teenager. But I would give anything to be annoyed by him again. We were neighbors for many years and although there was an age gap between us I truly did love this kid. I will miss his little smirk he had on his face when he walked into a room. I will miss his willingness to help at the drop of dime. He was such a great help to my Grandpa. He would do anything and everything to him.
As a family we are coping as well as we can right now. There really are no words to express my feelings at this moment rather than shock. I feel like I am having a bad dream and just want to wake up already. I am sure with time the void I am feeling will slowly fade although he will never be forgotten.
I pray strongly for his mom Amy, Dad Scott, step mom Margo and his brother Josh and sister Nicole and also for my grandpa who has lost his best friend that they may have strength to get through this traumatic time.
Deven we love you and our family will miss you!