An Ode to David: Live Life

On February 18, 2002, my cousin David committed suicide. David and my brother Cole were the same age. He would be 26 if he were still alive. It rocked my entire family and I still can’t believe he’s gone. This suicide prevention month, my brother and I have been talking about David – about his life and legacy – and want to share the importance of each life. Everyone is precious and no matter what you might be going through, please remember that there are people who love you, people who care, people who would never want you to feel like you are alone and that there isn’t hope. Please, live life. Please, seek help. Please, love yourself. You will be missed.

David, we love you and miss you so very much…


Roze & Cole


To: David

From: Cole

It’s a true blessing to see another day. My cousin is an angel now and watches me so everything is ok. A life is precious so live it to the fullest. My cousin’s life, though short, taught me love yourself, there’s not substitution. Think three times not just once when making decisions because life is only lived once. Even though I can’t see you, I have faith in us. I feel your presence no matter what. You will always be missed. I live through you because it’s you I trust.

Herman “David” Davis III

May 29, 1987 – February 18, 2002


3 thoughts on “An Ode to David: Live Life

  1. So sad, so young. God grant him peace.

  2. Britney Griggs says:

    I was so touched when I came across this post. It’s so great to see family and friends have not forgotten and continue to keep him alive in spirit. My name is Britney Griggs and David was one of my best friends. Me and the girls use to call him “Baby David” our little bro even though he was older than us lol. We went to school together all the way up to high school and were even in the band together. I loved him dearly and still until this day do and miss him so much. I was the last to see him at school right after band practice before he left, where I told him I loved him and we’ll see each other again tomorrow. Little did I know when he told me he loved me too and goodbye, it meant more than see you tomorrow. I wish he would have opened up about how he was feeling and what he wanted to do in that moment. I wish I knew he needed me or someone in that moment. I too encourage others to speak up because someone does love you whether you love yourself or not. Lean on your family, friends, and God to see you through we are here for you. I hope others will join the cause and support suicide prevention month. Thank you Roze and Cole for being anchors.

    • HolyRoze says:

      Oh dear heart….thank you for your words. Prayers lifted up for you as you mourn David’s life. Let us continue to remember him and be a presence for all who suffer.

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