A Nice Tribute to Derek and Raymond
Posted by Childress on August 8, 2006
Derek Pieper’s and Raymond Veluz’ deaths have generated a lot of traffic on The Drug Report — an indication that they were very well liked young men. The early reports focused on Pieper’s drug use, as the media are wont to do in the name of sensationalism.
Recently some much more positive coverage has emerged on Tampa Bay’s Channel 10:
Wesley Chapel, Florida – 18-year-old Raymond Veluz wrote poetry and enjoyed listening to techno music. While 17-year-old Derek Pieper was an honor student as well as a lacrosse player.
Many of his teammates got together with Coach Tom Fitzsimons on Monday night, “We want to make sure the parents know, the kids know that we’re all there to help them, the team is there to help them.”
Tom says the boys want to honor Derek by putting a special patch on their jerseys, ”Derek was one of those people who would light up a room he was a quick friend to everybody.” He was also a good friend to Raymond. Dakota Summerton says she knew both of them well, “Derek was the type of guy that hung out with everyone, Raymond was the type of guy that didn’t hang out with everyone, but they just happened to be friends and get together.”
She went to homecoming with Derek. And loved listening to Raymond’s jokes, “He was pretty funny got me laughing a few times definitely.” She wonder’s why they were murdered, “Something bad happened to two really good people.” Dakota says friends have been posting messages to Derek’s MySpace account and supporting each other, “All of Wesley Chapel is feeling bad we’re all getting together just helping each other out.”
Even Coach Fitzsimons is looking for answers, “There’s probably a thousand rumors out there, everybody’s got their ideas but nobody knows what the truth is.” Fitzsimons says counseling is available to anyone who needs it. He says parents should look for signs in their children such as moodiness and change of routine. Events like this one can trigger other events.