I love you, Chad.

On the night of October 7th, 2013, I was sound asleep when I received a phone call from my dear friend, Claudia. Brushing it off as nothing, I ignored the call and went back to sleep. The next morning, as I stood on my balcony browsing through Facebook, I stumbled upon the reason she had called me. She wanted to tell me that God had called Chad home… I was numb, and I still am.
I am a graduate student at UTA, and I’ve been blessed to have Chad in my life for the previous year. He was always teasing me and giving me a hard time, but I know it was out of love. He never failed to be supportive when I needed him most, be it that I was having trouble with my own research, or that I had just gone through a tough breakup.
Words cannot describe the sadness I feel at knowing you are gone, Chad. You are irreplaceable to so very many people.
My thoughts and prayers are with Lizzy, as well as Chad’s mother and step-father. May God guide you through this trying time.

Chad, as much as we tortured each other, I know you cared about me. You were a great mentor, and an incredible friend. I can’t thank you enough for the support you’ve given me through the past year, and most importantly, through the previous few months.

I love you always,

-Little Linds