TheseEast Endkids, in fact, kids from all acrossAmericaare awesome. They love their families and their communities. They are amazing in ways that we see each and every day….check your local paper. It is not their fault that our world is what it is, it is our fault.
I write aboutChelseabecause she is going to change the world. She is not being “cute” nor is she just filled with youthful naiveté. Believe what I tell you: SHE is going to change the world.
In mid May several hundredEast Endkids stayed up all night at the Southampton Youth Services (SYS)RecreationCenterto raise money for cancer through Relay for Life. And how many student run bake sales, car washes, cookie and candy sales, and other student events have you supported over the past year?
My point is simply to pause a moment and see these kids for what they are; caring, compassionate, smart, life loving, fun loving, cool, neat, and awesome—- America’s next generation.
I now have to say that I am sorry. I am wrong. Chelseais not going to change the world. She is dead. She was brutally raped and murdered inSan Diego,California. She woke up one morning and said goodbye to her mother and father and brother. She was on the cross country team and after school she went for a run aroundLakeHodges. That is where her body was found… in a shallow grave.
Chelsea King played the French Horn in the San Diego Youth Symphony, she mentored younger students, she cared about her family, her friends, her community to a depth that you and I actually understand and comprehend. We were her when we were young. Think about your life, fair reader, and you will recognize her heart….it was as big as the universe just as yours was before you “grew up.”
John Gardner, age 30, removedChelseafrom life. A sex offender, he removed from theUnited States of America, a future President. Maybe, maybe not, but I do know this, he removed someone who wanted to change the world.
It is sad and shocking thatChelseais gone. Still, I have faith that millions ofAmerica’s youth from our ownEast Endkids to kids acrossAmericastand ready to challenge our country to beChelsea’s country, to fulfillChelsea’s dream. Because of them, I am not afraid ofAmerica’s future.
I just wish thatChelseahad lived to see that future, that she could have been a part of changing our world. Oh, what a world it could have been!
May God be holdingChelseain his arms right now and may God forever bring comfort and strength to her Mother, her Father, her brother, her boyfriend, and all who loved her. And may God guideAmerica’s youth to achieve its dream of a changed world, a better world.
P.S. Go to Vimeo.com and type in, “Chelsea King’s Memorial,” and watch the video. See if you see what I see. I can only hope to have fulfilled my promise to show you love, hope, and dreams.
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