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Letter to the editor: From the family of Gabriel Carte

Posted: June 8, 2011 - 8:43pm

This is our family wish: In lieu of a shrine at the scene of the accident, it is our wish that people keep just the personal memories of our son Gabe. The reason is we would like the people of Juneau to understand we do not believe in placing a shrine so drug users and drinkers can go just to do the very thing that put them there.

We believe that these kids with drug problems need not be given the privilege to honor the loss of a friend or family member that they did not try to protect, but rather encouraged to do the very thing that put them there.

There are many kids out there today that will want to say these words, “Hey let’s get an 80 or a joint and go get stoned at Gabe’s.” If parents think this is a healing method for kids, it’s the wrong lesson. The lesson we feel should be in a direction of families coming together.

The soul of our son is waiting to pass. We will say our goodbyes and we will mourn. We ask that you do the same. We ask that the kids be not allowed to place a shrine on the highway. We ask that you remember in your own personal way.

Gabe was on his way to becoming drug free. He had completed his rehab; encouragement in the wrong direction has taken him. The drug users don’t need our forgiveness. They have not earned that right. They just need help.

April and Ron Horton

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