I got an email from a former student today. He wanted to let me know that a friend of his, Joey Lewis, had been killed in Afghanistan this week. Because Joey had attended Bell for his sophomore and junior years, he thought I might've known him.
To be truthful, I didn't recognize the name, but as soon as I found his sophomore picture in the 2001 yearbook, I knew him. He was in my English class. In his portrait, he's got a great big smile—just like I remembered him.
In the email, my former student said that Joey was a good friend and that he would be greatly missed. "I think any of the former Bell High School students who are active or former military and knew Joey feel a great sadness for his loss," he wrote. I know my heart is breaking for his family, especially his mom, his dad, his wife, and his baby girl. Joey was 26.
The story from the Dallas Morning News is here.
As I pray for Joey's grieving family, I will continue to pray for all "my kids" who are still in harm's way.