Sunday, June 17, 2007

Tramaine Gibson: You Will Be Missed

Some of you folks may not know this, but I count being a teacher as one of my part time jobs. This young man was a student at one of the online colleges that I work for, and he was murdered in a senseless and futile bank robbery on May 22 in Chicago, where he was a teller.

Tramaine Gibson was the father of two children, and he was but 23 years old. If he was like any of the young folk it has been my distinct honor to mentor for Westwood College, Tramaine was the very best of the very best. It seems a shame that a young man with as much promise as Tramaine's was taken from us. We are all the poorer here because of it.

I'm in mind of the last verse of Bob Dylan's "Only a Pawn In Their Game". It seems apropos to the life of this young man I did not know, who was truly lowered down like a king.

Today, Medgar Evers was buried from the bullet he caught.
They lowered him down as a king.
But when the shadowy sun
sets on the one
That fired the gun
He'll see by his grave
On the stone that remains
Carved next to his name
His epitaph plain:
Only a pawn in their game.


At 12:01 PM, Blogger maine said...

Mr Luedeman

Thank's for your kind words and the poem they will alway's stay with me. Tramaine was indeed a very special person and he will alway's be missed.He was also a very special father and son. Also thank you for any and all help you afforded Tramaine. We will never forget about Westwood and the thoughtfulness you have shared with my family MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS YOU ALL
Sincerly Yours

Verton Gibson
Tramaine's Dad


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