Tribute To Alex I gave in my speech class.
Is anyone ready to lose a family member? or friend? Alex Overby was someone I lost. Alex was one of many kids I baby sat in my neighborhood when I was high school. He was a really good kid. He was extremely caring, obedient and just all around a awesome kid. There are many great stories to tell about Alex; when he was about six years old he stole his uncle's checkbook and wrote out checks to all the kids in the neighborhood for Pokemon cards. When he was about five years old, it was discovered that his name was written all over his bedroom wall. When his parents asked him "Who did it?" he said, "Major did it"...Major was his dog. As you can tell from these stories, Alex was a pretty funny kid. He also cared very much for his family and friends. Alex was always there for his friends; for emotional support and just to be there for them as a friend. Alex would often play football in the cul-de-sac, where he lived, with his neighborhood friends. Sometimes the little kids would want to play as well and Alex would always include them, no matter what.
During the summer of 2006, Alex went to the YMCA and had the opportunity to play basketball and volleyball with the mentally handicapped and he really enjoyed it. He said many times that he was looking forward to having that opportunity again. But, unfortunately Alex never had that opportunity again. On July 3, 2006 at 1:00am, Alex and his two friends snuck out of the house and walked down a busy highway that parallels our subdivision. They were headed to a "all night" gas station to get candy. For these three teenage boys, it seemed like an innocent enough activity.While walking back home, Alex was struck by a car and died fifteen minutes later. Thankfully, neither one of his friends were hurt. What makes this story so sad is is the teenage girl that hit him was a neighbor and friend of his that he had played with when they were younger.She realized she had hit something, but, had no idea it was a person and especially that it was Alex.
The police arrived and after many attempts to resuscitate him, he was pronounced dead. Around 2:00am, the police then went to tell his parents; the policeman said, "I'm sorry to have to tell you this , but your son was struck by a car on US 17 and killed...I'm sorry for your loss." Initially, they told the policeman that he must be mistaken because Alex and his friends were in the basement asleep. Discovering that Alex was not where they thought he was, they quickly realized the news was true and that it was the worst news a parent could get. How does parent deal with such a tremendous loss? It's not easy to describe and yet life must go on. I wasn't aware of the accident or that Alex had died. The following day my mom heard from a neighbor about the accident and immediately called me. I was out shopping with my cousin when I received my moms phone call. This of course stirred up many emotions in me I was sad, shocked and found it very hard to comprehend.
Later on I discovered that after Alex was struck by the car, he laid in the ditch next to the road for the last ten to fifteen minutes of his life saying over and over again "I don't want to die, I don't want to die". His friends were unable to do anything to help, so they just stood there and watched him suffer. By the time the ambulance arrived it was too late. Alex was gone. The shock and disbelief that surrounded our neighborhood was almost unbearable. How could an innocent life be taken so quickly? Another sad part to this story is Alex's parents were in the process of separating and filing for a divorce. As difficult as it was for his parents, it was even more difficult for for his younger sister, Bella. She not only lost her brother that she looked up to and loved, but she now would have to endure the situation with her parents alone.
His funeral was a few days later and thinking at the time I just couldn't handle the service I ended up not going. I regret this very much and to make up for missing his funeral I go to his grave site at least once a year. I was told by friends that his funeral was a great tribute to the life Alex had lived. There were so many kids from his school that attended and there were many comments made in regards to the kind of person Alex was...not only was g\he entertaining and a funny kid, but as you can tell from this story he cared very much for people and he was a loyal friend that everyone loved.
Last Christmas, I attended a neighborhood Christmas party and to my surprise, Alex's mother was there with his sister Bella. It was so good to see her and before I knew it we were talking about Alex and reminiscing over the funny things he did. She and I were laughing and it felt so good to remember Alex in that way.
Alex touched a lot of people's lives and I will never forget him. Alex you are greatly missed. Close