Eric Briceno’s Heartache and Hope

I didn’t know his last name. I had a hard time remembering his given. He was the grandkid of some people who moved in down the road. The one with the big smile. The one who loved my dog. The one who made me smile.
He was the one who would always say at every greeting: “Hello, how are you? Everything OK? How’s your husband? Are you traveling? Tell me what’s new?” It came in such a gush of energy that we always went firing past all the need for names and niceties.
Past tense.
Eric Briceno, 20, died April 29, 2020, of brain injuries as a result of an accident. I was told he fell from the end gate of a truck and hit his head. That kid was always on the run — fueled by enthusiasm.

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