My WND column is due Fridays at noon. This morning I emailed it off to my editor, Ron Strom. Shortly thereafter he emailed me back as follows:
I wanted to share with you a tragedy our family, church and homeschool community suffered this week. This is what I shared Monday on our WND in-house site:
Friends: On Saturday my older daughter's fiance's brother, 19, was killed by the mighty Rogue River here in southern Oregon. My wife, younger daughter and I were part of a party of eight who hiked to a popular but wild spot on the river. Josh was taking pictures on some rocks near the rapids and fell in. Despite hours of searching by us, Search and Rescue and aircraft, he has not been found. His body likely will come up from the bottom of the river in a couple days -- that's the pattern.
Please pray for the Eddy family and Josh's many friends. He was a vibrant, passionate Christian young man whom God inexplicably took early. He wrote this blog post just a month ago. It is entitled To Die Well.
Here is his memorial Facebook page.
We used to live in a town in Oregon called Gold Hill, which sat literally right on the Rogue River. It can indeed live up to its name. During flood stage, it can be terrifying. It doesn't sound like Josh was doing anything irresponsible or heedless... it's just a tragic accident.
I can't imagine what these families are going through, to lose such a fine young man on the brink of adulthood. What a sad situation.
Please pray for these families, that they may be comforted in their affliction. I'm sure they would like to hear your condolences on the Facebook page as well.