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Grateful for outpouring of local support

Letter to the editor

Posted: Friday, October 24, 2003

On Oct. 20 our family lost Skyler Lee Kim. From the moment of that tragic accident we have felt the arms of this community wrap around us in many ways. Initially I avoided the scene of the accident, but after seeing the newspaper article and the picture I was drawn to that area. On Tuesday night, as I sat at that same traffic light I saw one of the most touching sights of my life. While I had prepared myself to see flowers and gifts I was not prepared to see just how many there really were. It was breathtaking and it was at that moment that I was able to put a face to the kindness and support. I watched as a young woman carrying a large bouquet of flowers and a white teddy bear in her arms laid them both gently down on the ground, careful to not disturb what already lay there. That vision will be forever etched in my mind.

I do not know if that young woman knew Skyler or knew his mother. But I know this; she represented all of the caring people in this community who had taken a moment out of their busy lives to say a prayer or make a meaningful gesture to show their sorrow for our loss.

My heart goes out to Skyler's parents and grandparents. No words will ever be sufficient to ease their pain. But equally, my gratitude goes out to those of you who took the time to show our family that you cared. To us, those gestures meant that his life touched you in some way. That is a very comforting thought and one that words alone cannot adequately convey appreciation for. Your kindness and thoughtfulness is almost overwhelming, I could not let that go unsaid.

Kim Peterson



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