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Missing you today and always  / Mom
we miss you!  / Mom
Lindsay Hammon  / Omar Hasan (Best Friends )
Matt,
I miss you man.  Good talk the other day.  We lost another friend a couple of weeks ago.  Her name is Lindsay Hammon I am sure you knew her she went to south but she passed away from a brain anuerism.  It was really sad for her family, friends and fiance.  I was just wondering if you would take care of her and show her around heaven.  I know you will, you are always looking out for your peeps.  Its been a minute since the day you left but i still think about ya and hope you are doing good. Hope the family is good too.  My prayers go out to all.  I love you buddy,
Omar
I've Never Stopped Believing!  / Ashley Ford (Friend)
Matty,
  I just want you to know that I still think about you everyday and I have not forgotten. Things are going pretty well in my life. Its crazy that it's already been 4 years. I remember hanging with you like it was yesterday. I haven't talked with Dan in a while but from what I've heard hes doing really well. It's so good to see that hes making a name for himself and I'm really proud of him. I know if you were here you would be giving him the 1up. All and all I just want you to know that I pray for your family all the time, and that no matter what happens or how much time goes by that I will never stop believing! Happy Late Birthday! I miss you!

Fo
Six years ago today....  / DIANA (Mom)

Our worst nightmare began.


It started as any other day. My birthday had just passed and I was at work and was suffering with the flu. My twin boys were all geared up for senior night at the basketball game. I went home from work early and visited with them, before the game. It was as normal a night as you could imagine. They went to the game with their faces all painted up and they were so pumped! Matt had just bought a brand new UGA hat and came hone to show it to me before the game. It would be the last time I would hear his voice.

I went to bed early. Dan drove my car, and Matt was riding with Mandy. Then at 10;25 the phone awoke me out of a heavy sleep. I did not understand anything Dan said at first. He was screaming at me to get dressed. There had been a wreck. Matt was laying in the road. This was less than a mile from home. I rode with Dan to the accident. Oh my God. Matt was on the side of the road and looked to be asleep. Mandy his girlfriend was in shock. But she was not hurt. I don't remember the car at all. But the dozens of teens that were standing around said that two boys were drag racing and they hit Mandy's car. Oh my God. This was a nightmare and I wanted to wake up. The ambulance came and I rode with them. I had to find Randy. He had just left to go out of town for work. He is a police lieutenant and teaches defensive driving to rookies. Then we get to the hospital and there were literally over a hundred parents and kids there. The principal was there as was the basketball team and coaches. They were on their knees praying for Matt.


Matt had many injuries. A blood clot in the brain would require surgery. Randy did not get there before the operation. His brother and I prayed over him and begged him to hold on. The surgery went well and things looked better. But then he had two strokes. 26 hours later he died.


Over 1500 people attended his funeral. That was atestament to how he lived.. He was an amazing young man who never knew a stranger. My life is a emptier without him in it.

11 year & Matts soul still lives in south  / Renée   Read >>
11 year & Matts soul still lives in south  / Renée
I never knew Matt. But today one of my teachers,who was also Matts teacher, told us his story. She told us how the last time she saw Matt, she was going to quit being a teacher because the stress of it. She felt was greater than the benefit. She stood outside that morning and Matt was walking passed the hall way she was in and saw her. He backed up and gave her a look she called it the 'Matt look' came and nudged her a couple times and she tried to get him to stop cause she just wasn't in the mood. He attempted to make her smile. Eventuall she said after he said "you know I'm not going away until you give me a smile". Thies were the last word he said to her and she said That was just Matts spirit, he wanted everyone to smile and be happy. She made a slide show, explaining what happened in his accident and honestly I teared up. I felt like I knew him and that after something like that. Someone so loved in our school was lost. That south was never the same... I just thought Matt's friends and family should know that Matt until this day is being recognized for he amazing life and spirit. He still lives in SGH and I promise you we all still BELIEVE. Close
Miss you  / LeAnn Hahn   Read >>
Miss you  / LeAnn Hahn
As I read what I had written years ago it occured to me that I had NO IDEA that I would be grieving Jakes death as well.  We Miss you Matt and we are sending our love and prayers to your family and are surrounding them with love.  Your passing was too soon--only God knows why.  I see your smiling face and I feel a sort of peace in knowing you are there with Jake in Heaven....we miss you.  God Bless and please always look after us left here on earth.  Close
BELIEVE / LeAnn Hahn (Jake Kramer's mom )  Read >>
BELIEVE / LeAnn Hahn (Jake Kramer's mom )
What a wonderful tribute to a wonderful young man!  I love looking at the picures of you and Dan...I still have the BELIEVE bracelet hanging in my car on a cross.  When people ask me about it I smile as I tell them that you are an angel and you look out for me and my boys!  We miss you Close
I believe in angels  / Diane Bagley (grandmother of Ashley Bowen )  Read >>
I believe in angels  / Diane Bagley (grandmother of Ashley Bowen )
My granddaughter Ashley Bowen, dob 05/22/88 dod 04/29/06.
Ashley was a victim of that cruel road Hwy 78.  She was in an auto driven by a restless and uncaring teenager.  Ashley had attended South Gwinnett, Parkview and was attending Faith Academy at the time of her death.  She was working at a small sandwich shop Joe's to go at Killian Hills and Hwy 78.  A boy age 19, was working at a sign shop in the same shopping center.  She had never been out with him before.  He picked her up at about 7:00 pm.  They were going to get something to eat and then watch American Idiol with some friends.  I was at a baseball practice with her brother age 6 at a ball field right off Lake Lucerne Road.  We left to come home at about 8:00 pm.  It was just beginning to rain lightly.  We live in Summit Chase.  We go by the intersection of Grayson Parkway and Hwy 78 several times a day-it seems.  At 10:15 I called Ashley to see when she would be home.  No answer.  I got a call from Gwinnett County Police at 10:45 to come to Gwinnett Medical.  Ashley did not have driver's license.  They got my phone number out of her cell phone.  The accident had occurred at 8:45 pm.  She had been with this person less than 2 hours.  He went around traffic on Lake Lucerne Road and entered Hwy 78 against the red light.  A girl coming from Snellville saw him entering 78 and stopped and call the police.  A person in the turning lane going toward Snellville also called the police.  He entered the highway without making any attempt to turn left toward Snellville,  A heavy SUV traveling east toward Snellville hit the truck in the door right were Ashley was sitting.  She had on her seat belt.  The boy did not.  They both were air lifted to Gwinnett Medical.  The hospital or someone failed to do a toxicology test on him.  He said his brakes failed.  There was no evident to that.  Ashley lived three days.  We were able to donate her organs to Life Link.  We know that three people are living on because of her donations. 
He pled guilty to vehicular homicide on March 1 2007.  He was sentenced to 20 years with 7 years to serve.  He never gave an explanation for his restless actions.  
I kept flowers, signs, and a cross up at  the place of the accident for one year.  This year on the first anniversary of the accident we had a candle light service.  The next week the county or state took down all the signs, cross and flower- leaving one large green cross.  A man stopped and told me that he was the Chairman of a Commitee to Keep Hwy 78 beautiful and that whatever I put up there in memory of Ashley it would be taken down by the DOT.
I look over at your sign, the angel and flowers every time I go up or down Hwy 78.  I remember when Matt was killed.  I did not know the full story.  I just had heard bite and pieces.  I guess I just stay so busy to try to keep from feeling the lost of my precious angel.  We looked over about several weeks ago and the sign Believe was knocked over.  I told my granddaughter we would have to stop next time and put the sign back up.  The next time we came by someone had stopped to put up the sign.  This weekend I noticed that the sign is gone.
I just wanted to take the time to check out to see if there was a web page for Matt.  I wanted to let you know that I know your pain and lost.  There have been so many senseless deaths of wonderful young people in Gwinnett County and all over.  I wanted to share my Ashley's story with you.  I am sure you probably have seem the flowers at Hwy 78 and Lake Lucerne Road.  We have a common bond that binds us.  I BELIEVE AND I REMEBER MATTHEW LANE.  ASHLEY AND MATTHEW ARE IN HEAVEN TOGETHER I AM SURE. GRACE, PEACE AND LOVE DIANE BAGLEY, THE GRANDMOTHER OF ASHLEY MARIE BOWEN  Close
just catching up  / Jake Martin (Boys)  Read >>
just catching up  / Jake Martin (Boys)
Just stopping by to say hey matt i cant beleive you have been gone for so long now feels like yesterday we were supposed to be searching for jobs in snellville but actually just going to wendys to do nothing at all. I miss you a lot man and i tell your story to all my friends at tennessee to try and spread your name. I pray for you and your family all the time. I miss you alot and cant wait to see you again. Close
On your angel date  / Rosemary Sis Of ^j^ Alvin Cremeans   Read >>
On your angel date  / Rosemary Sis Of ^j^ Alvin Cremeans




Thinking of you and your family on your angel date.
Your family and friends will be in our prayers.
Rosemary 
sis of ^j^ Alvin Cremeans

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friend / Dessa Smith (friend)  Read >>
friend / Dessa Smith (friend)
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memories / Ashley Doster (FRIEND)  Read >>
memories / Ashley Doster (FRIEND)
Hey Mrs. Duncan,

I know you probably don't remember me, but my name is Ashley Doster. At the time of Matt's accident I was dating Joey Side. Anyway... I didn't get the chance to really meet Matt and get to know him until his Senior year, my Junior.
We had Coach Fleetwood's Class together! Matt and I clicked instantly! We had so much fun together! At all the football games, we would sit together and when
he go his face painted, I would be the one in charge of keeping up with his glasses! :0) Our friendship, unfortunately lasted only a short while before the accident. Many people look over our friendship because it wasn't as long as
everyone elses. I miss Matt soo much! He truly changed my life! I am so blessed to have been friends with Matt! I used to talk to Matt about mine and
Joey's problems and he would talk to me about him and Mandy or whatever. We were there for each other. Well, after he passed away things started happening. I promise you, every time I was in an arguement with Joey and I was in my car... the song "I Believe" would come on. That's the number 1 song that reminds me of Matt. That's my "Matt Song." :) It just made me smile because I know he was letting me know he is here for me. I still stop by his grave to visit! Well, the was this time when I was living in Athens... once again... a horrible night. Probaby the worst there had been. Well, I have this necklace hanging on my rear view mirror. It says Believe on it. Well, the next morning when I got in my car, the necklace was totally repositioned on my mirror. It's hard to explain, but instead of hanging behind the mirror, it was brought over the mirror hanging in front of it! I just broke down right then and there cause once again.. I knew it was Matt! Then, the last thing that happened to me was a few months ago. I drive past the cemetery
everyday on my way to college and work. As I passed in the morning I said to
myself that I needed to stop by to see him on my way home from school or clinicals, whatever I was doing that day. I hadn't visited him in a while and I needed to. Well, after the day went by and I was on my way home I was passing by the cemetery. I had a lot on my mind with school and stuff and forgot about planning on stopping by. Anyway, as I was saying... as I was going by the cemetery the song "I Believe" came on the radio. I had not heard that song come
on the radio in forever! I knew it was Matt! Well, I always wanted to tell you and his family just how much he meant to me. I wanted to share stories too, but I know that I didn't know him as long as everyone else did. He had this carebear pin... I think it was purple... he asked me one day... would you be my friend if I wore this??? He said here, I want you to have this... I still have
it to this day! Thank you for all you do! Thank you for keeping all this going for Matt! I know how much he loved you and his whole family!!! Matt will never die because there are soooo many people that keeps his memory alive every day!!!
Thank you for letting Matt be a very special part of my life! I know you don't know me, but please... if there is anything I can ever do... please let me know.
Feel free to e-mail me, even if it's just to talk and get things out! Thanks
again!

Ashley Doster
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We miss you  / Kara Blackhurst (Friend)  Read >>
We miss you  / Kara Blackhurst (Friend)
I see things that remind me of you and our friends that we have lost everyday. Everytime I see the word "believe" and stop and think about you. We miss you bud, Take care of all of our other friends we have lost. Love you! Close
Remembering the good times  / Diana (Mom)  Read >>
Remembering the good times  / Diana (Mom)

I will never forget all the Halloween's spent getting you all dressed up and taking you out to trick or treat!! We miss you!

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My Mom is a Survivor  / Diana Duncan (Mother)  Read >>
My Mom is a Survivor  / Diana Duncan (Mother)

My Mom is a Survivor

My Mom is a survivor,
or so I've heard it said.
But I can hear her crying at night 
when all others are in bed.

I watch her lay awake at night
and go to hold her hand.
She doesn't know I'm with her
to help her understand.

But like the sands on the beach
that never wash away . . .
I watch over my surviving mom,
who thinks of me each day.

She wears a smile for others . . .
a smile of disguise!
But through Heaven's door I see
tears flowing from her eyes.

My mom tries to cope with death
to keep my memory alive.
But anyone who knows her knows
it is her way to survive.

As I watch over my surviving mom
through Heaven's open door . . .
I try to tell her that angels
protect me forevermore.

I know that doesn't help her . . .
or ease the burden she bears.
So if you get a chance, go visit her . . .
and show her that you care.

For no matter what she says . . .
no matter what she feels.
My surviving mom has a broken heart
that time won't ever heal

Love,
Matt

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Happy birthday Matthew!!  / Diane Angel Mom- Katie Cassidy   Read >>
Happy birthday Matthew!!  / Diane Angel Mom- Katie Cassidy
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY MATT!  / Nancy Davis   Read >>
Together / Sonia Michalak   Read >>
Together / Sonia Michalak
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Unknown / Corey Hatcher (none)  Read >>
Unknown / Corey Hatcher (none)
Sorry to hear about your loss of your son. If I can be of any assitance feel free to contact me at cshaye@murray-ky.net. I hope your hearts soon heal from the pain!                                     -Corey Hatcher Close
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