Speeding kills! I want him back...

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© Roxana Brivent-Barnes
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UploadedDecember 8, 2010
TakenFebruary 23, 2009
MakeNikon Corporation
ModelNIKON D80
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I cry, I scream his name, but he is gone, my boy is gone no matter what I do. I cremated him today 8 Dec in my jacket to let him know that I did not left him in the street, but by Christ it hurts. I found him covered in this cloth, mutilated face, and frozennnnnn dead.

He left an empty space that I cannot fill ever, speed killed him, and almost me today. In the same spot, I was just a metre away from being run over, just a night after him. The fact that I was nearly to die, that moment I understood he is dead, a fear that I felt searching for him a night before, or at list what I believed at that time. Last night I did attempt to find him, in fact I pointed the torch on this cloth, but it did not crossed my mind that he is covered by it. He was killed last night, today it could have been me. The driver looked at my disturbed face and asked me if I am OK, I waved my hand to him, and as I approached the cloth still shouting his name, a last hope which I knew is never going to happen, I pulled up the corner of it, and I find myself on the pavement screaming. An old lady came to me, and managed to make sense talking to me, so I lifted him and brought him home, screaming his name as loud as I could, but he never wake up.

All morning and afternoon I hold him in my arms, I did not look at at his face until I took this photo, all I could see is Riky sleeping, now I am hit by the reality, he is not sleeping, I want him backkkkkkkkk

The irony is; he was saved from dogs in the streets, Romanian streets, and brought by a friend to me as a Christmas gift exactly 10 years ago. He was saved from dogs but killed by humanssssss speeding!

I never left him behind, I took him in 3 countries and loved him more than myself, now he left me forever!

I just fund out, he was killed at 14pm, by a white van, a driver who never stopped. A lady stopped and took the decision to cover him when other lady was panicking not knowing what to do, he did not die instantly, just few minutes later. She covered him in that cloth, knowing that someone will look soon after him, unfortunately I found him next day.

62 responses

  • Jim Ford

    Jim Ford (Deleted) said (8 Dec 2010):

    I am truly sorry for your loss....take care.

  • daniele castellucchio

    daniele castellucchio gave props (8 Dec 2010):

    I'm very sad for all this... was a wonderful cat!

  • Michael Franco

    Michael Franco said (8 Dec 2010):

    I am so sorry for the loss of Ricky. They are such deep parts of our lives and when they leave us the pain is so hard to calm. My heart aches for you Roxana.

  • Thad Zajdowicz

    Thad Zajdowicz gave props (8 Dec 2010):

    I am so sorry for your loss.

  • Robert Allan

    Robert Allan said (8 Dec 2010):

    Oh, I am so sorry! That is awful!


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  • F.W. Redelius

    F.W. Redelius said (9 Dec 2010):

    I'am so sorry for your loss

  • Cindy Griff

    Cindy Griff   said (9 Dec 2010):

    My heart goes out to you Roxana, I am deeply sorry for your loss of your friend. I am a cat lover and thankfully my cat Moosh is an indoor cat...why? Because I love her so very much I would hate for anything this horrible to happen to her.
    May you find the good memories you two have shared will somehow help to ease the pain in time.
    Take Care!!

  • Benn Bell

    Benn Bell said (9 Dec 2010):

    I am so sorry, Roxana....

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (9 Dec 2010):


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  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (10 Dec 2010):

    sorry for the loss of Ricky. when they left you the pain is so hard to tolorate. I understand your loss and feeling Roxana.

  • Gail Parker

    Gail Parker said (11 Dec 2010):

    Oh i'm so, so sorry Roxana. That's such a painful picture, but at the very least you were able to bring him home. You'll always have sweetest, unforgettable memories . Cherish the length of time he was with you, try to forget this day, it's tiny compared to that. Hugs to you and snozzles to his beautiful friend. x

  • Peter Meade

    Peter Meade said (12 Dec 2010):

    It is heartbreaking and so painful. I've been through it too many times. For the past ten years I've not let my two cats out of the house since I'm on such a busy street. Just remember how many more cats are out there in need of someone's love, and never stop feeling.

  • Mother Wolf

    Mother Wolf gave props (13 Dec 2010):

    No words I can say to you can give you solace. You have my deepest heart felt sympathy and understanding.

  • Maura Wolfson-Foster

    Maura Wolfson-Foster gave props (13 Dec 2010):

    Roxana, so sad to hear/see this....I wish you strength and love, ~ M

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (13 Dec 2010):

    Touching tribute.

  • Debbie Smartt

    Debbie Smartt   gave props (13 Dec 2010):

    I am so sorry Roxana! I am sure he loved you very much!

  • P. Michael Bodigor

    P. Michael Bodigor gave props (13 Dec 2010):

    So sorry. You have my sympathy.

  • Rhio9 (Rhio9)

    Rhio9 (Rhio9) (Deleted) said (14 Dec 2010):

    i agree with john

  • Ronnie Ginnever

    Ronnie Ginnever gave props (14 Dec 2010):

    OMG my heart aches for you. May he rest in peace.

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (15 Dec 2010):

    Oh dear Roxana I am so sorry, how terribly sad, I know just how you feel! All my sympathy is with you!

  • Shirley Valencia

    Shirley Valencia   gave props (17 Dec 2010):

    Sweetie , I am so sorry..... That place in your heart will never be filled by another.

  • Paul Moore

    Paul Moore   gave props (17 Dec 2010):

    Wonderfully poignant image!

  • Michele Randell

    Michele Randell gave props (18 Dec 2010):

    So sorry to hear about your beloved boy...my heart goes out to you Roxana xo

  • Roxana Brivent-Barnes

    Roxana Brivent-Barnes said (20 Dec 2010):

    Thank you all for your wonderful support when I need the most!

  • Lon Casler Bixby

    Lon Casler Bixby   gave props (21 Dec 2010):

    Sending you a warm comforting hugg...

  • Denise Sarazin

    Denise Sarazin (Deleted) said (21 Dec 2010):

    Oh Roxana, your story has made my tears flow for you. Such love for your cat - Riky surely knew how much you cherished him.

  • Sarah Dudley

    Sarah Dudley gave props (22 Dec 2010):

    So sorry my dear. I know just how that empty hole feels and it hurts bad. Only time can heal.

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (23 Dec 2010):

    So terribly sad, Roxana! Treasure the memories.

  • Joseph

    Joseph (Deleted) said (24 Dec 2010):

    My heart beats for your loss Roxana and for Lila in her loss too. Many of us have been in the horrendous place Roxana so know you are never alone.

  • Laura Hartley

    Laura Hartley said (26 Dec 2010):

    I rescue animals. I only have 8 cats now, but had 16 two years ago. I lost four cats this year. One was Bolly - I will send a link to his photo. He was accidentally closed in our garage door. I mourn his loss and think I see him every week, in just a glimpse. My heart breaks for you, and for the loss of this beautiful cat. You are not alone. Thank you for this tribute.

  • jeff case

    jeff case (Deleted) said (26 Dec 2010):

    no, no, he has not left you.
    what he left, is his kindness, sweetness, and love.
    to be remembered for the rest of your life.
    i sit here and think of all my friends, both animal and human,
    that i loved and now they are gone.
    in my heart they remain,
    warm, and close, and in my mind, i struggle to accept the passing.
    may you feel some solace in our heart felt sorrow that is shared.
    peace be with you.

  • Denise Regan

    Denise Regan said (27 Dec 2010):

    I'm so sorry.

  • Denizen Damned

    Denizen Damned said (29 Dec 2010):

    First time I saw this I couldn't even bear to see it let alone leave a comment.
    I am sorry still for your loss. Treasure his memory...

  • Orlando Emmanuelli

    Orlando Emmanuelli said (30 Dec 2010):

    sorry for your loss, luv. i know how that feels and i feel for you.

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (2 Jan 2011):

    I am so so sorry! I know just how this feels. I don't get people at all.

  • Saba Ferrari

    Saba Ferrari said (3 Jan 2011):

    I'm so sorry! :(

  • Celina Ortelli

    Celina Ortelli gave props (4 Jan 2011):

    oh, I'm so sorry!

  • Louise Fahy

    Louise Fahy gave props (4 Jan 2011):

    This is so sad.... One of our cats died the same way. So sorry about the loss of your kitty.

  • LancelotLink

    LancelotLink gave props (5 Jan 2011):

    God bless you! I have 'been there' - a careless motorist took Streusel Annelies from us - murdered her, feet from our home - when she was just nine months! I talk to her every morning, where she is buried under "our redwood tree." God bless you Roxana!

  • Bruce Miller

    Bruce Miller (Deleted) gave props (6 Jan 2011):

    I had the same experience when I was 12. My sympathies for your loss.

  • Lori D'Ambrosio

    Lori D'Ambrosio gave props (6 Jan 2011):

    I cried when I viewed this photo and read your story. I lost two of my kitties to cars hitting them. It is truly devastating.

  • Carol Holmes

    Carol Holmes gave props (12 Jan 2011):

    So sad...so sorry for your loss, very difficult to see this image, but understand it is good to share your story

  • misha otaared

    misha otaared gave props (13 Jan 2011):

    roxana, i am so sorry. this image documents a raw, sad happening, and communicates so much. like so many who have left comments here, i've been through this kind of loss and send support and love.

  • Jerry Winnett

    Jerry Winnett said (15 Jan 2011):

    I am so sorry to hear this. There are no words are there? Once again, so sorry.

  • Paul Andrews

    Paul Andrews gave props (23 Jan 2011):

    Oh dear poor thing! Hope you are feeling ok*hugs*

  • Steven Schutz

    Steven Schutz gave props (24 Jan 2011):

    an indeed a noble and caring act...words can not express the feelings....

  • Debrah Leonard

    Debrah Leonard (Deleted) gave props (25 Jan 2011):

    Roxana, I am so sorry for your loss.

  • JamieDean Films

    JamieDean Films (Deleted) said (31 Jan 2011):

    We too are sorry for the loss of your dear Riky. Bless you Roxana xOOO

  • NiteRunner

    NiteRunner gave props (11 Feb 2011):

    sorry for your loss.

  • Evan Grantski

    Evan Grantski gave props (6 Mar 2011):

    This saddens me greatly. Sorry for your loss.

  • Dawn Frankulin

    Dawn Frankulin said (17 Mar 2011):

    :o( I am so sorry for your loss...losing a pet is awful and so hard to get over...I hate when people kill an animal and never even stop!!! Who ever did it will get pay back!!! That poor baby. Such a precious life lost

  • je suis moi

    je suis moi gave props (7 Apr 2011):

    RIP sweet Kitty. Thank Goodness someone tried to help you, but heaven needed you more. Bless the stranger for helping.

  • victor jackson

    victor jackson said (20 Apr 2011):

    I am so sorry. I know you loved your kitty

  • Nicholas Butler

    Nicholas Butler said (26 Apr 2011):

    I too have lost many of my furry friends.. but to age, disease, organ failures. I love every one of them still. Even after all these years.. *sniff.. My heart cries out to you....

  • stefano roiz

    stefano roiz (Deleted) gave props (9 May 2011):

    :( so sed...

  • Photo Shack

    Photo Shack (Deleted) said (30 Jun 2011):

    Ah, this happened to me with my little dog Lucy many years ago...and it still pains me to think of it after 30 years. It is one reason I only have "inside" dogs...the only way I can protect them..

  • Jerry Anderson Jr

    Jerry Anderson Jr said (26 Feb 2012):

    I think we - all of us with creative minds that feel emotions so much more in the raw than others - have experienced something like this. I lost my little girl, my Chow Chow, Tai, 7 years ago and, to this day, I wish I could see her one more time. I miss her each & every day of my life. To me, this photo conveys the love, compassion and wonder in your other cat as he sits there, wondering why his friend isn't waking up. Their confusion & loss is perhaps as great as ours and this photo conveys that feeling & that message in such a fantastic way. In your pain and anguish, you have created a fantastically touching & emotional photo. I love this... and my heart goes out to you and your cat.

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