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In loving memory of Ryan Ochoa | Letters

Although I know you’re in a better place and that you’re home with God, I’ll miss you always.

I’ve been so blessed to be a friend of the Ochoa family. Ryan and I had more in common then we even realized, and growing up brought us closer together.

We were unsure of where tomorrow would take us, and we traveled the same narrow path together.

This isn’t a time to be hurt by the decisions that took him away from us, instead let it be a time to learn and grow from what Ryan has given us. I know where Ryan was in his life—I was right there next to him.

We must remember that when we judge others, we do not define them, we define ourselves. It is not important where we end our lives, or the circumstances of our last breath. The journey we take to get there, the people we touch, and the experiences we have along the way are what make up our lifetime.

I believe wholeheartedly that God was right next to Ryan and decided it was time for him to come home and rest. His life has shown us how a short amount of time here can make a great impact on many.

Ryan’s life is nothing short of an inspiration to me because nothing in God’s world happens by mistake; underneath a tough exterior, those who saw Ryan through loving eyes saw someone still finding their way through the world.

His heart was as beautiful coming into this world as it is moving on to the next. Our souls, our true selves do not unravel the way our physical self does. We never know how much time we have here on earth, some have less then others, but he has not gone far.

Ryan is closer to his family and loved ones now than ever before, and we will never lose the love he gave us. He didn’t leave alone, because he has taken with him a piece of each and every one of our hearts.

I love you Ryan so much. I know I’ll see you again, til then, I’m comforted knowing you’re resting in paradise.

Love always and forever.

Kaitlyn Schreiber/San Juan Island


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