After losing touch with Austin in middle school, I thought that one day he'd be on the news as a scientist or a famous college professor because he was so dedicated to learning and helping his schoolmates to learn as well.
Learning about this tragedy breaks my heart. For years, I've hoped to talk to him again, and it's sad that the one way for me to see the man my friend became turns out like this.
My deepest condolences to Austin's family, as well as my prayers. Austin was a sweet boy and a good friend who will always be loved and remembered.