“Trey was my son…his light shines through in beams of light from the stars.”


This was a comment by Audrey on the post “Lead a Good Life, Everyone: Trey Malone’s Suicide Note.

“Trey was my son. We published his letter because I know that Trey would have wanted his message to be heard. I can’t help but be so saddened,however, every time I read his words. The sexual assault battered him, and the lack of support from the administration at Amherst defeated him, taking away any fight Trey had left. When I read the fist lines of Trey’s letter, I get a glimpse of the novel he will never get to write. He will never advocate for those who would have been buoyed by his goodness and sense of righteousness. Trey was an amazing brother, friend, son and grandson. We all miss his intelligence, his grace, and his sarcasm. No human power was able to help my child. We tried.

I get up early every morning, and when I go outside, I look up to the bright stars and I speak to my boy. His light shines through in beams of light from those stars. When I get too sad, I close my eyes to see him happy, standing in a bay in the beautiful blue green water that he loved so much as a child.”

If you are feeling suicidal, please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-TALK

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  1. As fragile as the human body is – it is the Soul that, in some of us – need the most protection from all Evils.

  2. To Trey’s family,
    As a mother, I am horrified for your ordeal. Please know that I will think of your son and pray for all of you. Pray that the time will come when the burden of your pain will have subsided. I recognize and applaud your courage and strength. I question Amhurst. Here is another educational instiution making the cowardly choice. We must as a society support those who have been sexually abused.
    God Bless you all.

  3. Ammy Green says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about what happened to you. I am only 27 years old and haven’t lost any kids. I did lose a sister and that was hard for me because she was my best friend. The only sister I was ever close too. It was so hard for me to read the letter it really got to me. I’m really sorry! Please take care of yourself.

  4. Thank you so much, Trey’s mom.. for sharing your child’s thoughts with us. I’m sorry to have not known him.

    Sail on, Silver Boy..

  5. I’m so sorry for your loss, and for ours. Take care.

  6. Thank you, Audrey, for being so brave to allow his letter to be published….so many times victims get stomped on in life and afterwards…

  7. Alexis Rhone Fancher says:

    I, too, lost a son. My heart breaks for you.

  8. Joanna Schroeder says:

    What a beautiful photograph. My heart goes out to Trey’s mother. I’d like to believe there’s something important about all of us parents grieving for him together.


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