1. Rick Velasco
    January 10, 2013 @ 9:02 pm


    This is a wonderful article. I think of Paul quite a bit. Every year on the 12th I take out a yellowed folder from my desk and re-read all of the articles from the DePaulia SunTimes, Tribune and other press. I read the court documents. I light a candle for Paul on the 28th which was his birthday.

    I remember that night like it was last night. A bunch of us went up to Milwaukee to watch DePaul take on Marquette – Paul didn’t want to go because he had some homework to catch up on. We were having a ball, UNTIL I was paged at half time. Nothing makes your heart skip a beat like getting paged in the middle of a basketball game. When I got to the scorer’s table I was given a phone number to call. I was behind Fr. Gielow at the pay phone when he spotted me and gave me the news. I think I went into shock. I don’t think we said a word all the way back from Milwaukee. We went to the hospital to see him but we were told it was too late. Paul and I both arrived as Freshman to play tennis – Paul had the full scholarship and I had the partial. We had met the previous summer at a tennis tournament and immediately hit it off. I did not live on campus but spent much of my of time on campus at Corcoran with Paul, his roommate Jim and others. Paul became one of my better friends and, as luck would have it, my doubles partner on the court – we were pretty good! I still keep a picture on my desk from a Bears game in which Paul and I double-dated. Who knows how our friendship would have ended up, but I know that am a better better person for having to have the privilege of getting to know Paul – I do miss him. I too would give anything to spend another day with Paul – we had way too much fun together.


  2. kate
    January 10, 2013 @ 10:08 pm

    Rick, I would love a picture of him if you’d be willing to send me one – any one you’d like. That sure would be better than having ugly old Corcoran up there, wouldn’t it? What a trying time for some of you guys who were so close to him. They say God has a plan. I hope that’s true. I guess all we can do is make the best of it and live our lives accordingly. Thanks for sharing, sincerely.


  3. Terry Shields
    January 11, 2013 @ 9:42 am

    Kate, No one forgets. I barely knew Paul, but was still affected by his brutal murder not only because another human being’s life was taken away but because Paul was a part of Our DePaul Community.(at least that’s how it was years ago). I grieve for his living family and friends who have to carry on. Never Forgotten, Terry


    • kate
      January 11, 2013 @ 11:21 am

      Amen, Terry. Keep fighting the good fight so that other families and communities might be spared the pain.


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