Just received a phone call from my folks that my younger brother Pat committed suicide. He has had trouble with substances off and on over the years, but this was totally unexpected. My parents had no idea that he was even contemplating such an act.
My older brother was killed in a construction accident 4 years ago, so now I am the only surviving child. Needless to say, my parents are devastated.
Pat leaves behind a 17 y/o daughter who graduated high school at 16 and started college. He was estranged from his ex-wife and daughter and didn't get to see Britney a lot. Maybe that played a part in his decision, we'll never know.
So the wife and I are headed to McGuire AFB to catch a hop to Travis and drive from there to Southern Oregon.
Thoughts and prayers are greatly appreciated.