Remembering a Fellow Tiger


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The death of a loved one is something that all of us experience at one point of our lives, often on numerous occasions. It’s crazy how things can change in a blink of an eye, how things may seem like everything is going perfectly fine, but then all of the sudden things change and turn upside down within seconds. We all know how it feels to lose someone for whom we care. We know how empty it feels and how weird it is to no longer see that person around anymore.  We all know how it feels to not get a message from that person asking how our day is going, or to no longer get a hug from that person when we need it. Boy, oh boy, tears roll down my eyes just thinking about it. It feels like this all happened just a few days ago, when we were either scrolling through our news-feed on Instagram, Facebook or even looking at other people’s stories on Snapchat. Seeing how all of the sudden everyone is posting “RIP Marcus Small and You’ll forever be in our hearts”.  Not wanting to believe it and go on his Facebook page seeing his family post about it. Still, not sinking in until the day of the funeral, seeing him in the casket. Doing nothing but making multiple people cry.

It’s been two years since we lost a classmate, Marcus Small, someone with whom most of us basically grew up, and who would’ve been a senior this year, celebrating with us that we’ll be the 100th class graduating, which is something we all have been waiting for and working hard for. He was a loving, caring, outgoing, funny, and smart classmate. Almost everyone knew who he was. He was a football player, #11. He was one of those friends who was always there for someone. Marcus was nice to everyone, whether he knew them or not. No one had or has anything bad to say about him. It seems like just yesterday that we all wore black to school, went to the auditorium to cry and literally the whole school was quiet. He may not be the first person we have lost. Some people lost one person after another, whicimg_6449h hits even harder every time.  As much as we say to ourselves “We have to think about what they would want,” We can’t do anything but become sad, cry or even get depressed. We’re humans and those kinds of things hurt much more than we think. The hardest part may not have been losing a loved one, but having to learn how to live without them.  img_6450

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  1. Maria on October 29th, 2016 3:56 pm

    Love it ! made me cry literallly the best story out there ✊

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  2. Sheila Small on November 4th, 2016 12:19 pm

    My family and I would like to thank you for all the love. Yes, Marcus was one of a kind. I miss those hugs and kisses he gave me everyday, and our debates. Marcus gave us so much joy and laughter never a dull moment. He would always see the best in a person. I am so thankful that he chose me to be his mom..

    Again thank you to the students and staff for your love and support..

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