1. I knew Paul Kelly
    June 6, 2013 @ 9:51 pm

    This has nothing to do with the current post, but I happened to think of Paul today and something prompted me to google. I knew him in high school; would ride my bike past his house and say “HEY” to him when he was sitting on the porch. I had classes with him (and had a small crush on him). He was one of the nicest people to ever walk our planet. I went to his wake and cried my eyes out. I’m glad there are people out there who remember him and the tragedy of January 12, 1980. He deserves to be remembered.

  2. kate
    June 6, 2013 @ 11:23 pm

    Thanks so much for your comment. Some of us were just starting to get to know Paul before he was tragically, senselessly taken away. It’s good to hear all of the different experiences people had with him, reliving the memories so many years later. Are you in touch with his family at all? I’m thinking maybe it would be fun for those who knew him to get together sometime and share their stories. Maybe I’m weird but I think that would be a meaningful thing to do. I went to his funeral but I don’t think I made it to the wake. Since the days after his death were so sad and shocking, maybe it’s time we threw him a good old fashioned Irish wake with lots of love and laughter, in his memory. I’ll send you an email if anything comes about. You can always email me at kate@katebochte.com. Thanks again for your treasured and honest comment. kate

  3. kate
    June 7, 2013 @ 2:01 pm

    I just wanted to share the link to the post about Paul Kelly that was referred to in the first comment of this post. It is Do You Know Paul Kelly, published on January 10, 2013 and found at http://www.katebochte.com/do-you-know-paul-kelly. The four other posts published during that same week were all related, as well. To date, Do You Know Paul Kelly remains the most shared post of this blog so please check it out if you haven’t already.

    • Kathy
      August 3, 2013 @ 9:17 am

      A friend showed me a link to this blog when we spoke of Paul’s murder earlier today. You have made me cry and you’ve also made me happy in a bizarre way. My brother was one of Paul’s best friends, a tennis teammate from high school. I came up through school with his sisters, one my year the other a year or two behind us. It has always bothered me that my mother prohibited my leaving school to attend the funeral and I think of him more often than I would have imagined when I was 15. I know it would make his family very happy that he is still so well remembered by so many people. He was light.

      • kate
        August 3, 2013 @ 3:26 pm

        Thanks so much for sharing, Kathy. Yes, Paul Kelly was light. And, between the little I knew him at DePaul and what others have shared about him since, I know he would want us to be happy when we think about him and reflect upon his life. He left this world way too soon and way too suddenly. It’s up to us to carry his light forward in what we say and what we do. I’m glad you found my post about Paul and that it moved you. If you can connect with his family at all, I would love it if you could let them know about it. Thanks, again!