I received over ninety cards from family, friends, Aaron's friends and their families, teachers, school staff, co-workers of Aaron's and employers, and also some from people that did not know either Aaron or me...

here are some of their words I want to share with you...


...I knew Aaron in my capacity as Library Assistant at Jack James for the last two and a half years.

I knew Aaron to be an outstanding individual. He had a remarkable ability to bridge the generation gap and get along well with both staff & students.

He was loyal, kind, respectful as well as light-hearted & fun. It was clear to all staff that Aaron had a positive relationship with his family and that transferred to all his friendships.

The world is indeed a POORER place for his loss.


...Your son was a wonderful young man and a good friend to our daughter Sarah.

He will be greatly missed...

- Elizabeth-

...Thank you for sharing such a kind hearted guy...


...Aaron will be remembered by all who knew him. He has left a legacy of PEACE and HOPE...

-staff Jack James High School-

...I hope you can take some comfort in knowing that Aaron meant so much to so many. What a wonderful child you raised! I know he thought you were a really "cool" mom. He loved you so much...

-staff Jack James High School-

...I had the pleasure of teaching Aaron social studies during his grade 12 year. He was such an amazing person & could always put a smile on my face whenever he would walk into the room. He was always there participating in class discussions, making the class laugh, helping me whenever I needed a helping hand, and he was always trying to get the rest of the class interested in what I was teaching. Aaron was a wonderful person with such a caring heart & a charismatic spirit. He will be greatly missed. Know your son was an amazing person and that he touched my heart. I couldn't have asked for a more caring and supportive student.


...I did not know your son well, he was a friend of my sons; however, what I do remember was his smile and his politeness. My heart broke when I saw how upset my so Michael was, and broke more when I thought of you... I wish that there was something I could do to ease your pain... but only the Father Aaron went home too, can do that. You are in the hearts of many...


...I have gone to school with Aaron for many years and will miss him greatly, especially the times we would reminisce about our younger years on the bus! He was a gentle soul and will be missed by so many...


...I went to school with Aaron... I am extremely saddened by this whole tragedy... I believe that one person can make a difference. I think you should share your tragic story to help other teens realize what could happen in only moments... all because another person was not taught how to release ANGER properly... violence is not the answer... this is what Aaron would want, because he was always helping in any way possible... so in the future I am going to walk away from conflict and encourage my friends to do the same... maybe then there will be a higher level of PEACE...

Aaron will be missed...


...Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. -John 15:13 (NIV)

When I saw the pictures of your beautiful son, and heard about your heartbreaking story, I felt moved to write to you. I do not know you, but I want you to know that I have been praying, and will continue to pray for you. There is no worse thing in the world than to lose your child. A little over two years ago, my son was attacked and stabbed on his way to school. For some, as yet unknown reason, God sent a teacher, on her way home from a doctor's appointment, on a last minute detour to her house, and onroute, saw the attack, stopped her car and saved my son. We came so very close to losing him.

I cannot share your pain completely, but the horror of violence on your child, the nightmare of a police phone call, the endless hospital days... that I do know... I also know that when the newspaper stories go away, that your story is yours now forever. Your life will never be the same... I was also thankful that God gave you some special times with your son in the hospital, that he was able to talk with you. Your son sounds like someone very special.

I find the times we live in very frightening to have sons... so much violence abounds. We need to pray for the troubled young men that inflict the violence, but I am also praying hard for the police to be able to catch the ones that did this evil deed. I hope and pray that you will have a degree of peace when (not if) they catch whoever did this...

-Janet L-

...We are so sorry for Aaron's passing.

Our daughter Layla was in ICU beside your son.

Layla passed away on August 20th 2003 at the Foothills Hospital.

I remember seeing Aaron's family in the ICU waiting room with heart ache as our family also experienced.

Our hearts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time.

I know in my heart that both Layla and Aaron are in a better place where PEACE and LOVE is the rule.


...My heart breaks for you as you grieve. I too had my son's life taken by violence. My son was 16 years old. I will never understand why these things happen, but I do know that our children are now SAFE in HEAVEN. You never get over losing your child, things are different and grieving takes a long time and is very hard... we know the pain...

Every loss is different, no one grieves the same. People will say things that may not seem right, they think they are helping, it's hard...



"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." John 15:13

Aaron's Story