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Old 10-23-2014, 07:33 PM
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What is the Worst Ending for a Classmate That You're Aware of?

Today while putzing around on line, I ran across the last name Bivins, and a boy I went to grade school & high school, Jerry Bivins, popped into my mind. I hadn't thought about him in years; he was always in trouble, dropped out of high school, etc. The only real interaction with him I remember was in the first grade, he & some other boys were playing tag and I wanted to play, too. Jerry told me to play, you had to tag the other players on the balls.

I was in the first grade and had no idea what 'the balls' were.

So anyway... I googled his name with our hometown, and was not surprised to find that he had been in and out of jail. I *was*, however surprised to find out that he had murdered a pastor and was executed by lethal injection in 2001! HOW did I not hear about this??

So, what's the worst story of a classmate you've heard of?
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Old 10-23-2014, 07:38 PM
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The kid I sat next to in Driver's Ed, who slept through train safety day, was killed by a train while driving a car about a year later. No joke.
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Old 10-23-2014, 07:47 PM
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One of my classmates died in a car accident our senior year, but that may not be what you are looking for.

One of my other classmates ended up having a baby just after her junior year of high school. Anyway, she kept and raised the child, but lost him repeatedly to social services. She had no insurance, got a dental infection, and ended up having most of her top teeth(and maybe bottom) rot holes in them and fall out. She had no means to fix them.

She ended up winning "Ms. Pumpkin Face" on a radio show. While a mean concept, they paid for her to have 100% complete dental implant surgery on her mouth and she got a nice set of teeth.

Still, sounds like things were rough. She posted on Facebook for awhile about her kid being removed from her home and how she needed help. She stopped posting awhile back.
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Old 10-23-2014, 07:49 PM
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A kid in my graduating class, although I didn't know him, died in a skydiving accident.
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Old 10-23-2014, 07:51 PM
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One of my classmates died from a drug overdoes months after being expelled. Two other classmates killed themselves.
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Old 10-23-2014, 08:30 PM
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Kid I sat next to & helped pass physics? Worked at Cantor Fitzgerald and died when the towers fell.

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Old 10-23-2014, 09:04 PM
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The night of my high school graduation I partied with a few of my classmates. We wound up climbing Stone Mountain in the middle of the night (it seemed like a good idea at the time).

That next week one of the boys I had climbed the mountain with -- an exchange student from Germany Switzerland -- went home, went mountain climbing in some real mountains, fell off the mountain, and died.

Dammit.

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Old 10-23-2014, 09:12 PM
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Guy I had a major crush on for two years, and who was my partner in a scene for Speech Team that went to State our Senior year and who grew up into an apparently amazing human being...fell off the side of a mountain in Mexico in a pick up truck. There were no survivors. He was only 36.

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Old 10-23-2014, 09:18 PM
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If you mean "came to a bad end" I don't know anything worse than a high school classmate who was killed by a train while screwing around by the tracks that ran through our neighborhood.

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Kid I sat next to & helped pass physics? Worked at Cantor Fitzgerald and died when the towers fell.
A high school friend of mine was a Fire Captain who also died in the towers on 9/11.
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Old 10-23-2014, 09:28 PM
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My high-school boyfriend was at a party a few years after we graduated and went our separate ways. Some guy was leaving and spun out, tossing gravel on my ex's car. He pulled out his gun, walked over to a friend of the guy who left and shot him point-blank in the head. He was charged with involuntary manslaughter, and to this day I don't know how it wasn't first degree murder. He went to prison for not quite three years.

Another class-mate of mine killed himself in Vegas after gambling away everything he had.
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Old 10-23-2014, 09:29 PM
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Debbie Moberg. She was a senior when I was a freshman. Her stepfather murdered her because she knew he'd raped her 8-year-old sister. He confessed to it and admitted that he'd dumped her body in a trash bin. Volunteers had been searching for months, but Debbie's mother asked them to stop. She was afraid they'd be injured or get sick, excavating the landfill where her body was most likely interred.

I never knew her, though I probably saw her on campus. I remember how grimly pleased my parents were when the news announced the stepfather had been arrested, denied bail, and detained in the general population. IIRC, he didn't last three days before confessing.
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Old 10-23-2014, 09:35 PM
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A high school classmate of mine was in London, slipped and fell off of a wet curb into some nasty water in the street. Got an infection in some cuts that resulted. Whatever it was must have been some tough germs because the infection ended up killing him.
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Old 10-23-2014, 09:36 PM
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A car accident or two (one the year after graduation) is all I know about classmates. A guy I knew in jr high but who went to another high school was one of the first 1000 AIDS victims.

But a couple I knew at about 20, a co-worker of my wife and her husband, we socialized a little... until he killed her and tried to bury her up at their cabin. That creeped us out pretty good.

ETA: Shit, how could I forget Nancy Keys? Had a crush on her in jr high, she and her sister were killed in the Farrell's ice cream parlor air crash.

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Old 10-23-2014, 09:43 PM
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A guy who had lived down the street from me was killed in a car accident ten years ago -- he had been a year behind me in school.

My best friend in high school's older brother was an epileptic. A few years ago he had a seizure that ended up being fatal.
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Old 10-23-2014, 09:49 PM
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Ron C., high school football player and "gentle giant", got killed when the car he was working on fell on him, not too long ago.
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Old 10-23-2014, 09:55 PM
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I learned that a junior- and senior-high classmate, who had always been a bit of an automobile buff, died in a horrific accident in which his car had been airborne.
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Old 10-23-2014, 09:56 PM
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A girl I had English with in 11th grade fell out of a truck that year and died of head injuries.

Brother of classmate I had from K thru 12 was shot dead by a mugger.

Classmate a year ahead of me in high school died in the Towers on 9/11.
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Old 10-23-2014, 10:25 PM
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Not a classmate but a totally nice sweet guy I worked with just after graduation. Ten years or so later he got into a feud with a bad neighbor who one day knocked on his front door and when he answered shot him in the face. Everyone figured who did it but there was no physical evidence (couldn't find the gun) so the bastard went free.
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Old 10-23-2014, 10:50 PM
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Tiny High School class. I know of one guy who's dead from a motorcycle crash. One guy went from Airline pilot to lawn care (bad heart). I ran into a gal recently who looks 70 and sounds 80 (smoker) and still as dip-shitty as she was in back then. But the sadist of all is the guy stuck in a livi
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Old 10-23-2014, 10:55 PM
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A guy a year ahead of me in school, and a neighbourhood friend, was beaten to death with baseball bats after a drug deal went sideways. He survived in intensive care for about a week before succumbing to his injuries.

He was somewhat special. His dad was a staff sergeant on the police force and was the safety officer who visited schools to give warnings to kids about traffic safety. So I knew his father for years. And his mum was a high school lunch lady, so I knew her too.

Also, his parents were Scottish immigrants as were mine.

We played competitive softball together on the same team.

Sometime in high school he turned into a bully. I was "in" with him and didn't worry, but he coerced lunch money from other kids and just got on a bad path in life. He was about maybe about 40 years old when he was beaten to death. It honestly didn't surprise me knowing how he was at the end of high school.

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Old 10-23-2014, 11:06 PM
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6 of my fellow graduates went to Viet Nam. None of them came back.
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Old 10-23-2014, 11:21 PM
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A Deaf classmate of my sister tried to break into a nightclub after hours to rob it. Unbeknownst to him, it was undergoing renovations and was closed down. He got stuck in the HVAC system and eventually died there. His remains weren't discoverd for many months.

Clearly he had issues, but it was still tragic to imagine him there, unable to hear anyone to know when to call for her (he wasn't mute).
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Old 10-23-2014, 11:47 PM
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A guy I knew in junior high school recently died of ALS.

My dad has me beat, though... a classmate of his is rather infamous.
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Old 10-24-2014, 12:21 AM
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A guy I knew in junior high school recently died of ALS.

My dad has me beat, though... a classmate of his is rather infamous.
Oh, lord have mercy, how could I have forgotten this similar and terribly tragic thing?

My brothers went to Columbia High School with Mark David Chapman.

These are all such sad stories, little slices of life and death.
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Old 10-24-2014, 12:29 AM
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Found a memorial online for a 2nd grade friend who I knew through HS. She died in her early 30's.

Guy friend in HS, super popular kid, football player, typical jock type, graduated top of the class, became paranoid schizophrenic. In his early 20's he started telling people the FBI was after him, implanted something in his head, tapping his calls, etc. The family moved so I don't know what ever happened to him. Very sad. Hope meds eventually helped him.

Not from school, but I found 3 different mugshots online of a former boyfriend of 2 years in my late teens. One arrest was for purse snatching, not sure the other two. Wow, pathetic. He looks like a junkie too. Progressively worse in each photo. I'm so thankful that I chose the right fork in that road! I knew he was a bad boy, but not that bad.
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Old 10-24-2014, 12:47 AM
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Ron Miller, a guy who sat in front of me in homeroom, died about six years after graduation a month after entering a Toughman boxing competition from head injuries sustained in the fight.
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Old 10-24-2014, 01:12 AM
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High school classmate I didn't know well. His father, who IIRC was having problems with his mother, turned into a family annihilator one Christmas. Him, mom, brother, then suicide.
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Old 10-24-2014, 02:54 AM
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Went to middle school with a kid who died after heading a soccer ball. First real encounter with death. The rest have just been common or garden car accidents.
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Old 10-24-2014, 03:09 AM
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One of my ex-classmates from School left to join the Navy aged 17 in 1981.

He was killed about a year later during the Falklands War whilst serving on HMS Coventry, when it was bombed and sunk in the South Atlantic on 25 May 1982.

He was the first guy of my own age that I knew to have died.

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Old 10-24-2014, 06:09 AM
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While we were still in high school, one classmate died in a house fire. Her picture is edged in black in the yearbook.

A boy who was in my class for the first 8 years of school (and whose mother went to school with my mother) got mixed up in drugs in high school and wound up dead on the side of the road about 1500 miles away from home. They never knew for sure how he died.

I heard this story second-hand since I'd left the state already, but a guy I knew slightly in high school supposedly got high one time a year or so after graduation and decided he'd climb a power pole to watch the sunrise. He electrocuted himself at the top.
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Old 10-24-2014, 06:33 AM
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Um...this thread is going to be nothing but the Cavalcade of Exotic and Horrible Deaths(TM) unless we get someone who never went to school with anyone who died, or thinks there is some fate worse than death (both possible, I suppose).
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Old 10-24-2014, 06:41 AM
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The head girl at my school in my second year, the daughter of one of the teachers and a lovely girl (my only real interaction directly with her was when I tripped over carrying a big pile of books in my first week, she was the girl who stopped and helped when everyine else was sniggering, but she was friends with a girl in my class, whose dad also worked at the school) died just after finishing her exams.

She'd been dumped by her boyfriend, was convinced she'd failed everything, and went out and got very drunk (legal here at 18, which she was). I don't know exactly what happened, but she showed up dead the next day, and the verdict was suicide.

She'd passed everything with straight As.

My brother's class went out after the leavers' ball (our graduation party equivalent), as was traditional, but after my bro'd left, a bunch of guys climbed up onto the roof of the nightclub they'd been thrown out of, and one fell off. He wound up with severe brain damage, though he is still alive, sort of.
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Old 10-24-2014, 07:57 AM
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guy I went to grade school with died of a heart attack a year after graduating high school.

Past that I don't know, I haven't kept up with anyone I went to school with.
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Old 10-24-2014, 08:44 AM
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A guy I went to high school with killed himself about a year after graduation because his parents couldn't handle him being gay. Two other members of my class committed suicide when we were in 10th grade. One was caught doing drugs by his mother, the other was presumably depression. A couple of others were shot to death, and at least one was beaten to death.

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Old 10-24-2014, 08:58 AM
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I'll be the exception to the death parade then.

Disclaimer: I don't remember or keep up with my high-school or college classmates, and at least in high school, it is very likely that some of them came to bad ends in gang or drug related stupidity.

That said, the worse fate I know of is for a classmate who was a really smart, really sweet guy who was brought over illegally by his mother when he was an infant. (His father was a citizen, I believe, but the father died overseas.) His mother was deported while he was in high school, and there was a long and twisty social/legal battle to let him stay long enough to graduate. He graduated, thought that he was now ok to stay while paperwork was being worked out to make him legal, and was admitted to a really good university. As soon as he got moved in to the dorms, something went south and he was picked up and forcibly deported. His younger half-siblings (born in the states) were 'allowed' to stay, bereft of their mother and barely older brother. It just sucked all around.

I never found out if he got back or not, and I always think of how stupid it was to deport someone who has lived here their whole life, and who wanted to be (and has the brains and drive to be) a scientist. Just a pointless waste.
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Old 10-24-2014, 09:00 AM
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Um...this thread is going to be nothing but the Cavalcade of Exotic and Horrible Deaths(TM) unless we get someone who never went to school with anyone who died, or thinks there is some fate worse than death (both possible, I suppose).
I'm not aware of any of my HS or college pals or acquaintances who are anything other than hale & hardy today. Then again I have no contact with any of those folks. All thousand-plus of them could be dead 20 years for all I know.
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Old 10-24-2014, 09:06 AM
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A lad I shared one class with in primary school and was friends with for a couple of years around ages 7/8/9 died of an overdose when he was about 18. I used to see him emerging from the bushes near our houses, high as a kite.

One of my best friends in school died a day or two after his 17th birthday, brain tumours galore. He had never kissed a girl (or boy for that matter), never drank, never smoked, had done precious little and he was also one of the funniest, smartest, oddest people I've yet met.

Local hard chaw, sorta bullied me when we were very young but then we got on well enough, I didn't think he was into drugs, asked me for a "loan" maybe 3 years ago. I gave him $5 or whatever I had on me. I met him again a few months later and he tried to tap me again, told him I didn't have a penny. Found out the next day he wound up dead that evening of an overdose. He was 30, maybe 32.

One of my sister's best friends, Fiona, from school and college, a mutual friend of theirs died of cancer aged 40 recently. My sister knew that Fiona now lived in the US so went a-googling to try contacting her. She hadn't talked to her in maybe 5 years.

She found out that Fiona had gone to Washington State (I think, definitely PNW) to join some new age cult. She had some sort of guru there. Anyway, a few years ago she was in a two-car accident and the occupant of the other car was killed. She was also severely injured but recovered somewhat, albeit with horrendous scarring. She didn't have health insurance and was unable to work and was also suffering trauma from having been involved in someone's death so she was basically destitute. Sometime at the start of last year she climbed into the bath, shot her dog, then herself.
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Old 10-24-2014, 09:06 AM
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I attended college & then worked for a few months with a girl who died in an airplane accident. She was instructing a student on a night flight when the airplane flew directly into a flock of geese. The impact folded up the tail, causing the airplane to violently pitch up and roll upside down before entering an unrecoverable inverted spin. It was found a few days later, inverted and barely sticking out of a marsh. Both occupants were still in their belts.

One second you're cruising along, fat, dumb, and happy, and the next second you're being violently tossed around in the pitch black and hopelessly disoriented. They likely didn't even see the water coming up to meet them. Imagine driving your car across the Golden Gate Bridge at night, chatting with your friends, maybe you've got some tunes on, when out of nowhere you're t-boned by an out-of-control dump truck and blasted over the rail - that's about what it would have been like, just with a 20-times longer fall.

There's no way they could have possibly seen the geese in time to do anything at all; it was a total freak accident. Sometimes your number is just up.
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Old 10-24-2014, 09:41 AM
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I've told this story before, but it's a bit different this time because I recently connected with some folks from back in the day who corrected some faulty memories of mine.

When I was in high school I was bullied and tormented mercilessly by the jocks and the "in crowd" kids, but there was one member of the gang, named Karl. Karl was a star football player, who looked like a model and had a flashing smile, great body and hair, and was the dream date of most of the other girls in the school. He was also in the gifted program with me, and was a star academic performer - while the other high school football players were struggling with basic algebra, Karl was making an A in calculus. Karl was also the nicest, sweetest boy, who not only never said or did an unkind thing to me, but he stopped a couple of bullying incidents against me, very strongly telling people to leave me alone and show me respect. He was kind to animals, and raised some small animals as pets, and worked at an animal shelter part-time. I think he wanted to become a veterinarian, but the memory fades.

Although Karl's family had some money, he worked hard and got a full scholarship to University via a combination of athletics AND academics. Nonetheless, he had a serious work ethic, and while other kids were laying around smoking dope and drinking and partying that last summer vacation before college, he was working full-time with a moving company to earn extra money, so he wouldn't have to take out any loans for school.

Mid-summer he was helping move a family one day, and about lunch time everyone got their food and camped out in the garage of the house they were moving stuff into for a break. Karl took his lunch - still made by his mom - and sat back against a clothes dryer which had been moved into the garage space and plugged in. According to witnesses, he twitched once, then seemed to fall asleep. For reasons unknown, no one thought that was unusual. When lunch was nearly over, someone came over to wake him up, and received the shock of their life when they touched his arm.

Somehow, some way, the dryer had been damaged during movement, and had become electrified with 220V current. The speculation was that Karl leaned back against it with his sweat-soaked shirt, and the current took a path through his body, stopping his heart.

He was a great kid, a true scholar-athlete who was kind and generous and a looker to boot, who had perhaps a stunning life ahead of him. And it all was lost by a stupid, senseless, accident which no one could have predicted. His funeral was attended by pretty much the entire school who were still in town, and it was a major psychological blow to many of us. It was sort of an "end of the charmed time," when mortality seems so far away and death is something that happens to people on TV or your 80 year-old grandparents. Many people were deeply impacted by it, even myself who only peripherally knew him.
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Old 10-24-2014, 09:43 AM
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I know of ONE grade school classmate who became a drug addict and died of AIDS in the late 80s.

TWO of my high school classmates died within a week of each other at the age of 25. They both died in car crashes on opposite sides of the globe.

And about two years ago, a high school classmate of mine committed suicide after losing his editorial job, during a wave of layoffs at his publishing house.
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Old 10-24-2014, 10:04 AM
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A friend from high school was killed a few years after graduation while rock-climbing above our local river. I read about it one morning at work in the newspaper. He was such a nice guy and had been in several of my classes.
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Old 10-24-2014, 10:12 AM
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There was a guy I grew up with by the name of Howard Koslosky. After high school he ended up in the Navy. I found out many years later that he went to Vietnam. At one point, he caught a hop on a Navy plane, headed to his assignment on an aircraft carrier. Not far from the ship, it disappeared off the radar. Neither it nor any of the crew/passengers was ever found. His name appears on the Wall in WDC. An unpopular kid throughout childhood, he finally found notoriety in the worst way possible.
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Old 10-24-2014, 10:56 AM
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A classmate of mine died in an accident at a steel fabrication mill. He was a crane operator, and he neglected to clear the crane's chains from the I-beam he had just set down on the top of a pile of I-beams. He manuevered the crane away from the load, the hooks on the ends of the chains caught the I-beam, and it toppled onto him.
The year after high school I became a crane operator in a different steel mill (weird coincidence), and I realized that it was laziness that killed him. Lots of crane operators would unhook the chains from the load, and leave them to dangle near the load as the crane was moving away. The correct proceedure was to hook the ends of the chains back onto the crane, making a loop and ensuring that the chains were nowhere near the load.

The teen in question had bullied me in my social studies class repeatedly before he died, and I had very weird feelings when the entire football team mourned, and his parents came to speak to the school about the teen's memory living on, etc. I kept my mouth shut, but wanted to introduce myself to his righteous parents as his punching bag. Far be it from me to wish death on a teen boy, but I'll tell you I didn't miss him.

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Old 10-24-2014, 11:04 AM
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A guy a year ahead of me in school, and a neighbourhood friend, was beaten to death with baseball bats after a drug deal went sideways. He survived in intensive care for about a week before succumbing to his injuries.

Would this incident have taken place in Southern Ontario in about 1993-1995? I carpooled with a person who had just gotten out of jail after spending 10 years in for committing a similar crime (baseball bats and everything). The drug was acid, the amount of money was apparently pretty moderate, and the ex-con was living in the Niagara region after release.

He told me that he was a ex-con after we had been car pooling for a while, and he seemed normal enough. Spoilers: I didn't get murdered.
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Old 10-24-2014, 11:17 AM
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One, that I know of, is doing life. Two, who were classmates going all the way back to kindergarten and Catholic elementary school, died due to alcoholism and drug abuse when we were still in our 30's. Some, beginning immediately after graduation, fell to automobile accidents. Now that we're into our 50's they are starting to fall more quickly to heart attacks, cancer, and other medical problems.
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Old 10-24-2014, 11:28 AM
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A classmate ahead of me (junior when I was a freshman, I think, or maybe one year on from that) hit and killed a kid on a bike while on the way to school. He was completely exonerated - was sober, driving safely, everything, and the kid literally rode out in front of him. However, I saw a little and heard more later that he was completely destroyed by the incident. I wasn't in his circle so I have no idea what might have happened to him later - but I bet it never went away.

That year, our yearbook had a picture of a student on a bike, through a windshield. It went to print with some bland, silly caption. I have heard the original caption was the tasteless and vicious, "Kosinski right on target."
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Old 10-24-2014, 11:45 AM
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Not a classmate, but a girl I'd known since teenagehood vanished in 2007 and her dismembered remains were found months later at 3 sites on opposite sides of the city.
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One of our HS rabble rousers didn't even make it to 20. He was riding in the bed of a pick up truck when his head collided with a somewhat low concrete parking garage. He had a cool late 60s mustang with personalized California license plates that said "EAT ME". RIP Hans.
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Old 10-24-2014, 12:09 PM
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When I was in elementary school, the vacant lot next to our neighborhood was being turned into another housing development. We kids used to go over to the construction site when no one was there and horse around.

One of my classmates was climbing on a pile of concrete slabs there (I think they were going to be part of the sewage system) when one of them fell and crushed him.
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Old 10-24-2014, 12:17 PM
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Today while putzing around on line, I ran across the last name Bivins, and a boy I went to grade school & high school, Jerry Bivins, popped into my mind. I hadn't thought about him in years; he was always in trouble, dropped out of high school, etc. The only real interaction with him I remember was in the first grade, he & some other boys were playing tag and I wanted to play, too. Jerry told me to play, you had to tag the other players on the balls.

I was in the first grade and had no idea what 'the balls' were.

So anyway... I googled his name with our hometown, and was not surprised to find that he had been in and out of jail. I *was*, however surprised to find out that he had murdered a pastor and was executed by lethal injection in 2001! HOW did I not hear about this??

So, what's the worst story of a classmate you've heard of?
Was he molested by the pastor he killed? His personality and crime make me think sex abuse. If so, the death penalty was harsh.

The worst that I know of for me is someone in my grade dying of natural causes in her 30s. Scary. Others before and after me have died but that was due to accidents or rare diseases.
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