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July 10, 2018 was the day that our brother, David Anetema, took his life. He was 38 years old. On the surface he didn’t look like a candidate for suicide. He was surrounded by a large loving family. He was handsome and outgoing, always a gentleman. Women admired him and men found in him a true brother and friend. But underneath that self-assured demeanor, he struggled with depression. In a culture where discussing one’s problems is taboo and being depressed is considered a sign of weakness it was difficult for our brother to reach out and ask for help. And to be honest the few times he braved sharing his feelings, those he confided in didn’t know how to assist. It’s still something we struggle with. There’s always the “what if” when you lose someone to suicide.

We will never forget the fateful day when the phone rang and the voice on the other end said that our brother had died by suicide. Our family was struck with guilt, confusion, anger and extreme sorrow. We were a close-knit family and never felt this would happen to us. But unfortunately suicide knows no bounds. David’s death came as a surprise to many as he had a great impact on so many lives. He loved without judgement, gave generously, always had a smile on his face, loved to make people laugh, worked hard but played harder and had unconditional love for his family.

We walk to honor our brother’s memory.

David Anetema was a brave and strong soul. He came back time and time again from the brink of depression to live life to its fullest. He was well traveled and made friends everywhere he went. His taste in friends was as varied as his taste in music. He embraced people from all walks of life and had a knack for making lifelong friends. He enjoyed the simple pleasures in life, he loved the ocean and feeling the breeze on his face. He loved just chilling in the backyard, barbecuing surrounded by his friends and family. His smile lit up the room and his goofy laughter was contagious. Needless to say, he left footprints forever on our hearts and although he's resting in God's arms, we wish we could still wrap our arms around him.

Shedding light on the support that is available to those struggling with suicidal feelings and also the resources available to their loved ones is something that would resonate with our brother. So we move one step forward at a time to honor David’s memory in the hope that we can help others, the way our brother always did.