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In Remembrance of Eric Vailes

1984 - 2020

I will always love you, lil bro, and I will always be your big sis. I was your protector and now you are mine. You always told everyone that if they messed with you that you would tell me and I would get them. You knew then that I always had your back, so why didn't you come to me when you were at your weakest? I would have done everything in my power to protect you, even from yourself. #forever35

Not only had my brother disappeared, but--and bear with me here--a part of my very being had gone with him. Stories about us could, from then on, be told from only one perspective. Memories could be told but not shared.

- John Corey Whaley