I found out today my good friend, David Kendrick, was a victim of probable homicide.
We last spoke on Saturday. He spoke of new beginnings, I encouraged him in his endeavor and promised dinner with the kids soon. We both signed off with hugs. We have become good friends over the past two years, more than just casual aftercare acquaintances. He was a kind and loving soul. His friendship meant the world to me. I was closer to him than any other teacher at my kid's school. I was his go to for parental and kid volunteering, and I hung the moon to accommodate him over everyone else.
There are so many few good male role models in lower school. David has been a steadfast presence in Jack's life, over the past few years.
I had to tell Jack tonight, before someone else got to him. It was one of the hardest conversations I have had in my lifetime.
R.I.P. David Kendrick. We love and grieve and mourn and miss you. I vow to continue your legacy - championing LGBTQ rights. May your soul live on to continue your good works.