Like a story that had just begun
The death tore the pages all away
God knows how I miss you
All the hell that I've been through
Just knowing no one could take your place
Sometimes I wonder who you'd be today....."
Bryan Coursey was a good kid. Tragically his life ended far too soon July 1st, 2008, the result of a gunshot wound he sustained during an altercation in the parking lot of a strip club in Reno. He wasn't even part of the fight. He was an innocent bystander. Was he somewhere he shouldn't have been? Probably. He was only 20 years old. Should he have to pay for that with his life? Absolutely not. He should be living life right now. Instead, the Coursey family had to spend their first Christmas since 1986 without Bryan, all because of some cowards who feel that violence is the answer to any disagreement.
"It's kinda hard with you not around, knowing you're in heaven smiling down. Watching us while we pray for you. Every day we pray for you. Till the day we meet again, in my heart is where I'll keep you, friend."
To everyone reading this, please visit http://www.bryancoursey.com/His killers, Cesar Garcia and Arnulfo Carrillo are still at large. Hopefully, justice will be found for Bryan and his family. It comforts me somewhat to know that one day, these two cowards will have to answer to a MUCH higher court, but it would be wonderful if they have to pay for their actions to at least give Bryan's family some closure.
"Sunny days seem to hurt the most
I wear the pain like a heavy coat
The only thing that gives me hope
Is I know I'll see you again someday"
Bryan was a co-worker of mine and he always did a terrific job working on my route. I never had to worry about the stores he serviced. He was enthusiastic about his job and he truly cared about taking pride in his work. He did everything that was asked of him and then some. If I needed him to take care of an extra detail, the only time I ever heard him say "No" is when it was followed by the word "Problem." Bryan, I thank you for your commitment and for making MY job easier.
"Memories give me the strength I need to proceed, strength I need to believe. My thoughts, Bry, I just can't define. Wish I could turn back the hands of time."
Bryan Coursey loved basketball. On December 2nd, 2008, during halftime at the North Valley High School game vs. Carson High, his number 5 was retired in a very moving ceremony. It was during that ceremony that I decided to write this tribute and to offer up a challenge to Bryan.....
Bryan, when I reach my final destination, I'll expect to see you at those gates. Until then, I'll be practicing my jump shot because I'm challenging you to a game of one on one. I know I'll need all the practice I can get. In fact, you'll have to spot me about five or ten points. So make sure you reserve a half court. Have a cooler filled with Dr. Pepper, Rock Star, Gatorade and some Budweiser ready. I got next.
"I know you're still living your life, after death..."