Wasted Potential

The one thing I love to do I write. Unfortunately for me I have let the world, and my part in it, quiet me down lately.

Canada doesn’t get much talk in the gun violence world but maybe it’s time we started. I have always believed that you need to get ahead of any potential problem and this one is coming fast.

I lost someone I knew recently, and it was a kid who I liked very much. He was special in that he was smart and kind and had an amazing smile which made everyone around him smile as well – and only twenty-one. His light was snuffed out far too early and for no good reason because of a cowardly person who had a gun.

This was a kid who was going places and would have been amazing at anything he did. The potential he had will never be reached and that in itself is a crime. However, on top of being a great student, he had time to love and care about his family as well. He was one-of-a-kind.veno

I can’t say anymore but please read below…

I write this with a heavy heart and not much forethought …

The other morning I woke up to hear that someone I knew well was shot and killed last night in Malvern near Lester B. Pearson School by his family’s apartment. He was a twenty-one-year-old, one-of- a- kind kid. He had it all – he was very smart (attending the Schulich School of Business in Toronto,) good-looking and had a smile which was infectious.

You couldn’t help but like Veno and last night he was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Part of the reason he worked and studied so hard was for his father, Suresh. Suresh (everyone calls him Sushi,) the nicest and hardest working man I have met or will ever meet, also worked for me at Pickle Barrel. I am totally heartbroken today and can’t imagine how Sushi or his family feels. Losing a child must be the hardest thing in the world for anyone, especially in a family where there is so much love. I would do anything for this man and his family – and I know he would do the same for me.

Please, if anyone still thinks it’s still okay to have semi, or automatic weapons – UNFRIEND me, UNFOLLOW me – get me out of your life because I no longer want you anywhere in or near my life. It is too precious to waste on people who think antiquated rights mean more than lives.

Veno ‘s life was cut down way too soon. He was special and now he is gone. What the fuck is going on?

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