Even then, I usually only scan the pages and skim two or three articles. But this week, the front page article about Mr. Duke struck me as sad and a little scary because it’s so close to home (we live in GO Section 1). And then I saw your story, and I read every word of it as well. Thank you for honoring a stranger, just because humanity deserves it.
I didn’t know him either, but telling what little story you were able to piece together was a touching and honorable tribute to a man who deserved more than he otherwise would have received in memorium. Keep writing.
There’s a Eugene Duke in the 1970 Reagan high school year book. I went to school with him. He was a great guy. He signed my yearbook. I wanted to pay my respects. I don’t know when his services were. I am sad to hear about this.
I would like to say that my cousin will always be remembered by me as kind and humble. He ALWAYS treated me with the utmost kindness and respect. I remember him last as he stood at the bottom of the steps at 520 Pecore looking up at me as a child with a smile coming from deep within but, with a sense of uneasiness. I know he had struggles and dealt with demons. However, I feel he was able to overcome those based on reports of letters he had written to God. I feel his request to go “home” was honored. For whatever reason my God took him home and in the way he passed from this world to be with our Lord and savior is only understood by God. I am just thankful he asked for forgiveness of his sins and was attending church. This is the gift Geno left to me. He has given my heart peace. I look forward to seeing my sweet cousin again. Thank you for the gift you have given me.
I, too, hope they find who killed Mr. Duke. I have thought about what happened to him many times since, and am just floored that someone could be killed over a bag of groceries. Insane!
Geno was my cousin. He has several family members that have stayed in contact with him. Geno was a lost soul, but a sweet soul, and did not deserve to die on the street, in such an tragic manner. He is from a good family, and was a hard worker. He is in a better place, but we are so saddened by his death. God Bless Him.