December 17, 2013

Death takes no holiday

The Christmas season can be particularly painful for those who have lost a spouse or family member.  If you know someone still grieving, make a special point to reach out and touch them during the holidays.

It's hard to imagine what the families below are suffering during this holiday.  Condolences to them all.

Husband shot dead in front of his wife while being carjacked for his Range Rover at posh New Jersey mall

Dustin Friedland, a 30-year-old from Hoboken, New Jersey, along with his wife Jamie was returning to their Range Rover in the car park at The Mall At Short Hills when he was fatally shot in the head and his assailants made their getaway in the $90,000 vehicle.

Friedland was a patent attorney and had joined the intellectual property law firm Lerner, David, Littenberg, Krumholz & Mentlik in 2009 as an associate.
Prior to that he had attended Syracuse University College of Law and also had a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Bucknell University. He had married his wife Jamie, also a lawyer, in 2011.

The couple had been out shopping and were returning to their vehicle when they were confronted by two men, according to acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray.

She said Friedland had opened the door for his wife and was getting into the driver’s side when he was shot. It is believed that multiple shots were fired.

Groom is run over and killed after pulling over to help stranded female motorist just hours after his wedding

An Indiana newlywed who previously served over a decade as an Army Ranger was killed just hours after his wedding while helping a stranded motorist.  Newlyweds William ‘Riley’ Knight and Nikki Knight were driving to a hotel after their Saturday night reception when the groom insisted he help a motorist stranded on the side of the snowy road.

Mr Knight pulled over and went to help Linda Darlington, 42. They were struck by a car while standing on the side of the road – then two more cars mowed them down.

Both were declared dead at the scene, and Ms Knight went from newlywed to widow in a matter of hours. Their ceremony was at 5pm that night.

Mr Knight, 49, and Ms Knight, both of Crown Point, spotted the woman’s car in a ditch just before midnight.  ‘He said, ‘We’ve got to stop, it’s late and they need help,’ Ms Knight recalled to the Chicago Sun-Times.  The gracious groom parked in a nearby driveway and made his way through the snow to rescue Ms Darlington.
‘I went from a being a newlywed to a widow in less than 48 hours - the highest high to the lowest low,’ the grieving bride told the Sun-Times. ‘It’s a blur.’

New dad slips into coma and dies just hours after holding his newborn son – and his only symptom was a headache

A 24-year-old Utah college student died on Friday after living just long enough to hold his newborn son before slipping into a sudden coma from which he’d never wake up.

Brigham Young University student and Mormon seminary teacher Josh Robison fell ill just hours after holding his son Logan for the first time and then suddenly lost consciousness.

It began with a simple headache and ended with doctors trying desperately, but failing, to keep the young dad from slipping away.
It was an unexpected and heart-wrenching turn in a story that, for a time, was full of hope.
Posted by Jill Fallon at December 17, 2013 7:09 PM | Permalink