June 19, 2009 12:01 am
The year was 1985 and it was mid-morning on a Saturday. My brothers and I had just finished watching our usual Saturday morning cartoons along with my brother’s friend Demitri who had spent the night. I could hear my mom in the kitchen talking on the phone. A minute later, I heard her crying.
My brother changed the channel to MTV. It was old school MTV, back when they used to actually show music videos and A-Ha’s “Take On Me” was playing. Demitri came back from the kitchen and stood next to the TV. He looked at me and said “your cousin’s dead, somebody murdered him.” He laughed and then sat down in front of the TV. Demitri was a heartless asshole who got pleasure out of things like that.
I was eight at the time but I knew what murder meant. I remember staring at the A-Ha video and trying to make sense of it all. I later found out that my cousin Scott was killed by his girlfriend’s ex husband. Scott was living with his girlfriend and her young daughter and the ex husband stabbed him to death in front of them. He was only twenty-three.
My mom flew to Illinois to be with my aunt and attend the funeral. I remember her being really sad for a long time after that. I was pretty confused and sad too, I didn’t understand why someone would want to kill my cousin. I only have a couple of memories of him but I remember a family trip to the beach where I followed him constantly. I remember his huge smile and willingness to play with his pesky little cousin.
It’s been twenty four years since Scott was killed but I still remember it like it was yesterday. Every time that A-Ha song comes on the radio, I get a sinking feeling in my stomach and it brings me back to that day in my parent’s living room. I think about the life that Scott missed out on and all of the people whose lives were forever altered because of the senseless murder. I recently googled the court case and found out that the murdering asshole’s case went all the way to the Supreme Court. It got overturned based on a technicality and the guy got away with murder.
Today’s story was part of this week’s Spin Cycle topic of memories.
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