They Shot and Killed My Brother…

Police Crime Scene

Police Crime Scene

My younger brother Craig was shot and killed by a group of men during what police described as an attempted robbery.   How could this happen and I’m asking God, “why?”  Why my brother?    He was attacked by thugs who shot him and then shot my father.   My dad survived but my brother did not.  I cried like a baby when I got the news.

Today, more than 10 years later, I still feel the pain.  Even now my eyes are filling with tears as I write this message.  Tucked away in my office, I’m doing the best I can to quickly wipe away the tears but they keep falling.   Each wiped tear is replaced by several others.  God help me.  How do I handle this?  I have so many questions.  They killed my little brother and it hurts inside.  What’s more, the murderers have not yet been apprehended.

It’s my father’s birthday today and so is Craig’s.  He would have been thirty-five years old if he were alive.  One of his favorite songs was Believe by Cher.   For several years following his death, my brother’s birthday was my father’s worst day.   He would become melancholy and withdrawn as he asked God the same question I have, “Why?”   My mom has battled with the same question and her hurt hurts my heart.   She has silently faced the reality that Craig is no longer here.   I know that God is not responsible for my brother’s death, but someone is.  The loss has personally touched my entire family, my brothers, my sisters, my friends and my community.   Despite the sobering loss, I’m thankful that my father is here today and that Craig had time to make amends with God before he died.

I’m not trying to force my beliefs on you but rather to first acknowledge that despite how strong we are, there is a source greater than us and that secondly, I have found that source to be God in Christ Jesus.  What you do matters.

KJW

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6 thoughts on “They Shot and Killed My Brother…

  1. Wow Kirk i remember this! I heard the gun shots rang out in the neighbourhood and was devastated to hear the following day that it was at yall house. Y’all are such good and quiet neighbours.Be strong and keep craig’s memory alive!

  2. I HAVEN’T LOST A FAMILY MEMBER CLOSE TO ME,BUT I LOST A GOOD FRIEND ABOUT 3 YEARS AGO. I WAS TOLD THAT HE KILLED HIMSELF. I ASKED WHY . WHICH I REALLY HOPE THIS WAS NOT THE CASE. BUT BE ENCOURAGED GOD KNOWS ALL THINGS. AND MOST OF ALL YOUR BROTHER FOUND THE TRUE MEANING OF LIFE. WHO IS JESUS CHRIST.

  3. I have lost my nephew to by being murdered the culprits wer caught and come see the lil boys who commit the murder, when i got the news it was devastated I’m trying to grasp what happen but it’s easier said than done I ask the same question why him he wasn’t that type of person but my brother God knows we may not understand but God does,just continue to trust God for who He is and probably just one day He will revealed the persons responsible for your brother’s death Vengeance belongs to the Lordd

  4. Kirk when I went to Saint Augustine’s they had the Big Brother/Big Sister program where grade 12 students mentored a seventh grader, who became their ” little brother or sister”. Craig was my “little brother” and even though we were not blood brothers I felt he was family. After I graduated from SAC, I would still see him around and we would still talk and I will forever remember his always smiling face. Take comfort in knowing that although Craig is gone, he touched many lives even at his young age and will always be remembered.

  5. WOW I REMEMBER THIS….. THEY SAY THAT TIME HEALS ALL WOUNDS BUT SOMETIMES THATS NOT SO… I HAVE AN UNCLE WHO DIED LIKE 20YRS AGO AN IT JUS SEEMS LIK YESTERDAY, AN THE WOUNDS STILL SEEMS FRESH, SO I KNOW HOW YOU FEEL KIRK !!!!!!!!!!!! BUT EVERYBODY HAS THEIR JUDGMENT AN THEIRS IS COMING, BUT KNOW THAT YOUR BROTHER IS IN A MUCH BETTER PLACE !!!!!!!

  6. remberkirk that there is a Blesssed hope and that hope is in the coming ofjesus christhe is coming soonyou will seecraig afain if he died in christthat is hope GodBless and be sure you Live in christ

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