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A Voice Not Silenced

<img src="/images/Multi_Media/texomashomepage/nxd_media/img/jpg/2007_08/e2515eb5-bad0-7bc4-396d-429aa7675250/raw.jpg" alt="LAWRENCEBOOK102007-08-11-1186889242.jpg" align="left" height="145" width="216" />Bryan Lawrence wanted to become a published author. He was murdered nearly four years ago, but his parents are making sure his voice is still heard.
LAWRENCEBOOK102007-08-11-1186889242.jpg After four years, Diane & Jeff Lawrence say its the little things that get them ... A song on the radio, a knock at the door. Jeff Lawrence said, "I just cant describe ... when I hear the doorbell now, its still ... I dont even want to go see if its the U.P.S. guy." It brings back a wave of dread from that September day, when a police chaplain told them their son, Bryan, had been murdered. "Its the worst memory of my life," Jeff Lawrence said. At Bryans graveside, the Lawrences promised to keep his voice alive. Jeff Lawrence said, "I just cant let this guy down. We could never do that." The Lawrences read stacks of Bryans work and compiled the best poems into a book called "Incomplet ..." Diane Lawrence said, "I wanted to get this out to people so they could see what he was capable of. He was a writer -- a good writer -- and he would have been great." Proceeds from the book will go to a Wichita Falls scholarship fund to benefit aspiring writers. His mom said, "Its not ours. Its his. And so we dont feel like we own it. We dont own his writing. Thats his." People came to Hastings to show their support and buy a book. Penney Denman, a friend of the Lawrences, said, "His wonderful, talented life was cut so short." The Lawrences say although Bryan is gone, theyre making sure he isnt forgotten. "Incomplet..." is available at Hastings and Borders across the country, and through online book retailers. Bryans parents say his fantasy novel, called "The Everlasting Light," is set for publication in about a month.
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