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Editor should have remembered Zach Sherman, too

Dear Editor,

Just eight days prior to the devastating and heartbreaking accident that took the life of Cody Brickell, our community packed into the Crystal River Baptist Church with standing room only to celebrate the life of and bid a final farewell to Zachariah Sherman.

Zach, also just 18, had a momentary lapse of judgment of an identical nature to that of Cody Brickell, with the same result 13 days before.

The death of this beautiful and special young man who was just starting down a new and more promising path to life, in such close proximity the deaths of Eric and Cody (two tragic weeks), should have been cause for some mention of him in the editor’s column Tuesday about the recent loss of young life in our community.

Zach had also been a member of our community for nearly all of his young life. Maybe you did not know Zach Sherman; maybe he was the antithesis of Cody Brickell, maybe not quite as many people are grieving for Zach.

But the pain is the same, and it is important when even those who didn’t know him offer a prayer for strength and comfort to those who grieve. In life, the young are their family’s children, in death they become the children of the community.

We should never forget any of the members of our community who left too soon, but I hope if you are going to memorialize, you can find something to remember about all of those who leave within days of each other. Even more, I hope that our children slow down and take care so that no more memorializing is necessary.

Jane Achey


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