Our columnist, Jewell Cardwell, received this email from Sedonia J. Pool, which I'll reprint here in its entirety:
Good evening, all.
I pray that this e-mail finds you overflowing in the blessings of the Lord. It is great sorrow that I inform you of a tragedy that has struck our family. As you may or may not know via the local news, the newspaper, or word-of-mouth that a young lady by the name of Ashley Quarterman was found in Copley and died over the weekend at Akron General Medical Center. She was my cousin. She was beautiful, intelligent, funny, faithful, all of those things that you would want in a friend, and for some reason beyond our understanding, she was taken away from us. In the sunrise of her life, just 18 years old, 3 months away from her graduation and had just been accepted to the University of Toledo, this is such a tragic loss for us all.
Of course, this leaves her family with the financial burden for her final services. A memorial fund has been set up in her memory, and If you feel so moved, please give any donations to any FirstMerit Bank in memory of Ashley Quarterman (please forgive me, I'm not sure of the exact name of the fund). It would be so greatly appreciated. If not, please continue to keep our family in prayer, and that those who had any involvement in her death will not rest until they surrender to the police.
Her services will be held on Saturday, February 20, 2010 at The House of the Lord, 1650 Diagonal Rd., Akron, OH 44320. The calling hours will be from 11-12 noon with the funeral immediately following. Please forward this to as many people as you can. Thank you very much, and God bless you is my prayer.
Sedonia J. Poole
Coincidence is God's way of remaining anonymous.