Dec. 24, 2012
by Daniel Womack (author's profile)


July 2012

To Steve,

We never met in life, so it is strange that we have become such huge factors in each other's lives, one being so important to the other. Undoubtedly, I had the largest impact on your life & you on mine.

In the days leading to your death, I believed virtually all I was told about you. I questioned nothing. I came to hate you without even knowing you. I judged you as others hand, & only on their word. I think I wanted to believe the worst about you.

Because I hated you & had convicted you of the worst offenses, I felt it would be okay to kill you. I had so many opportunities to leave, so many chances to spare you. I believe I wanted to kill you.

Steve, I am sorry that I did not give you a chance. I am sorry for putting you in a position to fear for your life. I am sorry for not doing all I could to resolve the conflict without violence. I am sorry that I used you to promote my distorted self-image. I am sorry for taking you away from your family and for destroying your family. I am sorry for making you feel all the horrible things you felt as you died. And I am sorry for my callousness & delay in expressing my sorrow for having done these things to you.

I cannot ask for your forgiveness because you are no longer here. I would not dare ask you to forgive such an offense, even if I could. For now, it is enough that my sentiments are genuine & that I no longer seek to justify or blame you for my actions.

I hope you find the peace in death that you did not find in life.


Daniel W. Womack


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