‘I love you buddy’

Will Pomeroy

I knew Drew for four years and in many ways, Drew’s presence was a foundational aspect of my time at Rhodes. I saw him everywhere. I’d get meals with him, hang out at his dorm room and house, we’d have chapter together. But arguably the most important time I spent with Drew was through our involvement in the music. Drew was an incredibly talented musician. He was in orchestra and wind ensemble with me and his being there was something I looked forward to even on days where I could’ve easily just skipped. Even though he quit orchestra after his sophomore year, I’d always tell him that he should come back because it just wasn’t the same without him. I feel that more so than I ever have before with his death. I’ve had a lot of different thoughts over the past 24 hours since I learned that he’d been killed. I’ve been confused, angry, and mortified at the idea that I’ll never get to see my friend again. Above all else though, I’m thankful that Drew had a place in my life. I’m thankful that, even in the most stressful times, being around Drew could make me forget everything and help me be myself. My time at Rhodes would not have been the same had it not been for Drew Rainer. I love you buddy, I wish I would have told you that more.