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Beautiful and tragic piece from Tom Lake in today’s St. Petersburg Times:

MOON LAKE – Here are a few things you should not know about Joseph Coonradt, unless you knew them already.

He was a strong boy, 16 years old, handy with mulching and pulling weeds, eager to swim in the Weeki Wachee River. He made meat loaf with bread crumbs and eggs and Italian seasoning, following his late grandmother’s recipe. He liked riding his bike through the unpaved streets of his neighborhood, where the dust rises up and paints the palmettos white.

If you did not know Joseph, then you know these things now only because of the object he found Wednesday afternoon, in his aunt’s bedroom, in an unlocked wooden box. This object is the reason a man is now in jail.

It is also the reason Joseph is dead.

Tom isn’t even 30 yet, and this stuff is astonishing. More so because he writes on deadline. I call him Tom because he’s my friend.

(via Gangrey)

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Written by patwalters

August 25, 2007 at 12:51 pm

Posted in narrative journo

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