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Our Friend Lee_Hawk

Back in Season 7, I received an email from a long time Idoler shadowwolf13 to let me know that her 9 year old step daughter wanted to compete with LJ Idol.

This was in 2010.

This was her first entry http://lee-hawk.livejournal.com/965.html, her introduction to the world of Idol.

Her Dad, apisanthrop, was also a contestant, and while they were together, the "Idol family" was, for awhile, quite literal.

Having kids compete side-by-side in Idol was always something that I had mixed feelings about. But pretty much all of them who have ever done it have really impressed me.

Back in 2010 she was one of the first in that line. What was always the most impressive, to me, was that she was pretty much standing on her own in the game. (To compare someone close to me, when I had Idol Minor, I allowed *my* soon-to-be bonus daughter, Celena, to compete - and although she wrote everything, she didn't post or link them herself, although younger, "Miss Kid" was clearly a step ahead of the pack - especially when it came to interacting with everyone.

She came back for Season 8, and while she didn't last as long, you could definitely tell the progress she had made in her writing. I remember laughing when I saw what she did with the coprolite topic! http://lee-hawk.livejournal.com/5021.html

All of her Idol entries are public, people really should go read them. http://lee-hawk.livejournal.com/

I can't believe that I'm writing this entry. I really wish that I wasn't.

She was always so sweet and kind to everyone she met in Idol. I never met her outside of the game, but I always got the impression that was just how she was.

I don't know the details, and even if I did, I would respect the family's right to share/not share those.

What I DO know, and what I can share, is that our friend, a fellow Idoler, lee_hawk was not quite 16 years old when she died.

This is a horrific loss. I'm literally crying right now and have been off and on since I read the news.

I can't even begin to wrap my head around this, or what her friends and family must be going through right now. Shadow, Lynn - if there is anything Idolers can do to help, please let me know.

Please take the time to let the people in your life know that you love them.

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zhent
Feb. 3rd, 2017 03:40 am (UTC)

I knew lee_hawk, and knew her as a smart, sweet, lovely young lady. I really feel her loss, and wish Shadow and all those who knew her the deepest of sympathies. This was a young life with tremendous potential that was lost far too soon.

ellakite
Feb. 3rd, 2017 04:27 am (UTC)
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I... have no words.

Things like this simply should not happen. Ever.

My deepest sympathies to the family.
eeyore_grrl
Feb. 3rd, 2017 04:30 am (UTC)
I am so sorry for those of you touched by this loss. This is far too young. Having just glanced through I can say her growing talent will be missed in the world.
murielle
Feb. 3rd, 2017 04:44 am (UTC)
I am so very sad to hear of this tragedy. My deepest condolences to her family, friends, and all who knew her.



ellison
Feb. 3rd, 2017 04:44 am (UTC)
Oh my goodness, how devastating. I'm so so sorry to hear about this. ((Hugs)) to all who knew her and are hurting right now.
flipflop_diva
Feb. 3rd, 2017 04:52 am (UTC)
This is so, so, so beyond sad. My heart breaks for all her friends and family and anyone who knew her. My deepest condolences to everyone.
sinnamongirl
Feb. 3rd, 2017 06:28 am (UTC)
I'm stunned; all my heart and love to her family and to her. <3
amenquohi
Feb. 3rd, 2017 06:51 am (UTC)
Oh my God. I cannot even form words. My heart goes out to her family, and to all who knew her. She burned brightly.
eternal_ot
Feb. 3rd, 2017 07:07 am (UTC)
My heartfelt condolence to her family and friends.
mac_arthur_park
Feb. 3rd, 2017 10:08 am (UTC)
Oh my God. I have no words except I'm sorry.
mrstotten
Feb. 3rd, 2017 11:09 am (UTC)
Ok this was a kick in the stomach I never saw coming, I thought it was leading up to this amazing kid coming in to chat to us or something.

This is heartbreaking, as a parent it is my worst nightmare, my thought and prayers are with them all
cheshire23
Feb. 3rd, 2017 11:45 am (UTC)
I am so sorry to hear this. :(
adoptedwriter
Feb. 3rd, 2017 12:47 pm (UTC)
So sad...
rayaso
Feb. 3rd, 2017 01:54 pm (UTC)
My heart goes out to her family. This is the worst possible news. I cannot imagine what this is like for her parents.
majesticarky
Feb. 3rd, 2017 02:28 pm (UTC)
I didn't expect this to go there. This is horrible. I remember her writing and I thought "what a great and charming kid!". I'm so sorry shadowwolf & apisanthrop.
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