August 17th has been burned into my memory for the last twelve years. That is the day the world lost a truly amazing human being, Kevin Heisinger.
We worked together at Kmart, back in high school days, along with a handful of other pretty awesome people that I am still lucky to call my friends. He was by far one of the nicest, caring, wonderful people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. I still have a scrapbook with birthday cards he gave me, and ticket stubs to movies we went out to see together as the “K Crew”.
On August 17, 2000, Kevin was beaten to death in a men’s bathroom in a Kalamazoo bus station. There were witnesses, grown adults who heard the screams for help and did nothing. It took a twelve year old child to break the silence and call for help.
I remain as dumbfounded by his death today as I did 12 years ago. I could rant and vent and tell you how I really feel about the monster that killed him or the horrible people that stood by and did nothing, but in honor of Kevin, I will simply share some articles about the incident and about the bill passed in his honor.
You can read more about his death HERE.
You can read about Kevin’s Law, a bill that took affect in Michigan in 2005 HERE.
February 13, 1976-August 17, 2000
Gone but never forgotten.