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18 July 2006 @ 11:51 pm
 
Hi Everyone,

I just joined, so here's an intro post:

I'm a senior in college right now; however, when I was in high school I knew way to many people who died. To be more specific, 6 people who were in school with me at the time died between my junior and senior year and only two of them were in the same incident. One of these people happened to be one of my best friends. Well, he used to be, actually. We had gotten into a huge fight a few months before he died. We weren't talking at the time. This post is about him


Name: Marcus

Bio: He was a small person. Nerdy. Obsessive. Had so much in common with me. Loved martial arts and was great at it. Loved basketball. Loved friends and fun and adventure. Had so many plans for the future. He wasn't the best student, but he was smart. He had a younger brother who was his "mini me." He had a deep voice and it was so distinctive, I can still remember what it sounded like. He loved women and he hated the skinny stereotype of women, he wanted them to be full and curvy. He was happy most of the time. He was dramatic. And he was a loyal friend.

What happened: He was 17 years old, two days away from his 18th birthday. He was playing basketball after school in one of the gyms. He colapsed. An ambulance was called, they took him to the ER, where he was pronounced dead. It turns out that he had had a heart condition that had never been detected. A rare condition that I don't know much about and forgot the name of, but needless to say, his heart just stoped one day while he was playing basketball. And aparently, this condition has few to no symptoms, so there was no reason for anyone to detect it.

Obituaries and other news articles: Because it happened a few years ago, I don't have much online that I can post in terms of articles. This site

http://www.oakparkjournal.com/Stories2002/Henderson-Death-OPRFHS-Oct-28-2002-7-30pm.html

is from a local newspaper about the incident. I have newpaper articles too, but no scanner, so I can't post them here.

Your thoughts: How I feel, huh? Well, he and I were BEST friends through 8th grade and most of high school. He fell in love with me and I happened to be dating his best friend. Same old love triangle story, huh? Marcus and I never dated and we remained quite close even after he told me he was in love with me. He said he would never stop loving me. Eventually, our friendship got in the way of my relationship with his best friend. We fought, a lot. I chose the boyfriend over the friend. And then he died before I had the chance to rectify what I had done. I'm not with that boyfriend anymore. And I lost a wonderful friend.
 
 
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vozhd7 on July 19th, 2006 03:47 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry this happened to you. I'm sure that if Marcus still exists in some form, perhaps as a ghost, that he forgives you.

It's terrfying that so many teenagers die from undetected heart defects. This happens more often than one would at first assume. I think schools should do routine testing for heart defects like they do for multiple sclerosis.
inference on July 20th, 2006 02:34 am (UTC)
This is also very similar to the way that a friend of mine passed away. It's terrible, people don't ever think that a young, healthy person could be struck down with a heart defect, I didn't, I always related that kind of thing with older people, smokers, etc.

Sorry about your loss, and good luck for the future.
jenjenmunsterjenjenmunster on August 13th, 2006 04:17 pm (UTC)
I am a rasing senior. We had 2 deaths in the senior class last year. One of them died almost the same way. I think they might of known of his condition ...everyone like to make up there stories, but the one thing everyone says is that he was playing basketball and collapsed and died of a heart condition