Thursday, March 16, 2017



“Some are bound to die young, By dying young, a person stays young in people's memory. If he burns brightly before he dies, his brightness shines for all time”    

I am very sad to publish the news that Bryan Lane Griffith, 32 years old, lost his battle with epilepsy (SUDEP or Sudden Unexpected Death Epilesy) on February 22, 2017 and died.

I knew Bryan through my work with the victims of the Virginia Tech rampage and their families. He was a graduate of Virginia Tech and a close friend of Ross Alameddine who died at Virginia Tech.

Bryan was very supportive of my writings on behalf of school shooting victims and clarified important facts. He was interviewed for my book, Virginia Tech: Make Sure It Doesn’t Get Out. I never met Bryan in person, I interviewed him over the phone and by emails. He impressed me as a vibrant, intelligent young man of principled integrity. I send my deepest sympathies to his widow, Emily Ferguson; his mother, Janet Blackwell; his father and step-mother Lane and Linda Griffith; his sister Kimberly Foutz and her family; and all his family and friends.

Bryan was an Eagle Scout, Order of the Arrow. He always knew how to give back. An organ donor, Bryan’s final gift will help 75 others live on. Bryan graduated from Virginia Tech where he became a Beta Brother. He received a Master’s degree at Emerson College in Boston where he became a 504 Beacon Street Brother.

He will be missed by all who knew him.


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