We will always remember you Brian...

We want this to be a place where you can write your memories about Brian or a place where you can write letters to Brian or his family. Thank you so much for sharing these with all of us that miss Brian so much. Come on...submit a memory or two, you know you want too!!

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March 20, 2006
One of my best memories of Brian was when he got his wisdom teeth pulled out and was on the couch in front of the TV. I remember Vicky messing with him and trying to get him to talk but all he could do was mumble and look like Marlon Brando in the Godfather with his swollen jaws.
~ Duncan

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March 20, 2006
I was looking at all of the pictures Vicky just posted and remembering how close Brian was to Christian. Those two grew up together. Brian was so helpful with Christian. I can still hear that special voice in my head he only used for his nieces and nephews. He loved all of them. He always made sure he spent time with them. He would come over and babysit for me until late at night and not expect anything in return. There are so many memories and one day I will add more but they are still so painful I can only little bits at a time.
~ Steph

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March 19, 2006
I remember when I was in fourth grade and Brian and I were at Aunt Eileens house where the basketball court is. For some reason, he was giving me a piggy back ride and my version was that he tripped over something and I flew over his head and slid the left side of my face on the concrete. He always said that I "surprised" him causing him to loose his balance. I'm not sure which one really is true but I remember the next thing I know is I think Stephanie was walking away when this happened and she goes "Brian! What did you do?!" and after I went to the doctors and everything, Aunt Eileen told me that Brian had to take a shower because he was crying so hard. She told me not to tell him that I knew or he would be embarrassed.
~ Susan Rauch

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March 16, 2006
I remember how Brian loved his car. He would just drive around sometimes just because he liked being in it. I remember when he first started talking about wanting it after talking to the dealer. I was surprised that Tom agreed to go look at it. Brian was so excited that I don't think Tom had the heart to tell him no. As a matter of fact, Brian was talking about getting a few extra things on it at a later date and Tom said to do it all at once. Brian couldn't believe he was actually going to get the car he really wanted. There's no way I can give that car up - no way. It was too important to him, therefore, it's important to me. Next time someone wants to be near a little piece of Brian, come drive his car. He'll be riding shotgun just to make sure you don't back up into any yellow poles!!
~ Brian's Mom

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February 1, 2006
I don’t really know what to say! So I am going to start it like this, Brian was my best friend and I probably will never find a friend that was as close to me as him. Brian and me had so many similarities that some times I felt we were brothers from different mothers. Brian and I were always on the move playing paintball, doing things to our car, camping, playing pool, and just taking life one day at a time. Brian and I were both out of paintball for some years and out of the blue we went to the paintball park just to see how it was. One month later we had all the top of the line guns, jerseys and everything else u could probably want and then before u know it, me and Brian are on the way home from playing and we wanted to make a team. The next week we entered a three-man paintball tournament. The night before we both were like little kids before Christmas. I kept saying to B 'Are you up' and he was like I can’t sleep I am so excited. That night we were little kids. We played the tournament and got a lil beat up but we always did what we wanted. Brian was such a good friend to me, I really miss him all the time. The real bond between Brian and me was that he never left me out and I would never leave him out of anything I would do. It would be like 12 am and I knew that he was in bed I would still be like lets go have fun and I knew he wasn’t coming out. And in the morning he would call nice and early and be like get out of bed and get a job. Brian and I had I world of fun and he did so many things. I love Brian's family and I think of them everyday. Brian loved his mother so much and always respected her. Brian has a wonderful family and I knew that the first time he brought me to his house it was like a feeling u get when u feel loved and his family is so close and there is a lot of love in it. BFF DIPSET THAT WHAT REALLY GOOD
~ josh miller

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January 20,2006
My best memory of Brian was that he always knew how to make me smile i remember a few years ago he was in my nieborhood and we were hanging out over by the tennis courts and i fell and hurt myself and B carried me all the way home i am going to miss him loosing him takes a peice out of my heart but i will always keep his memories in my heart till the end i love you Brian you will always be in my heart and in my dreams i love you and miss you your my B forever
~*Amanda*~

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November 29, 2005
With so many memories of Brian in my head playing over and over, the one the sticks out the most is....In the mountains after the foundation was poured I had woke up quite early. I was sitting by the fire trying to wake up and hear Brian moving around in his tent. I whistled, and Brian came out, Kinda like a bear waking from hibernating. We both hopped on his 4 wheeler and rode to the valley. "you know what we were doing" Anyways as we looked across the valley there is a hill that goes up to the tree line, well for just another reason for us to ride some more, I ask B if he thought we could make it up that hill to the top. "Of course" he said. Not taking in to account the grass was soaked with dew. As we sped up the hill and made it to the top there was a lil cliff. We popped up onto the 2 rear wheels. I was hugging B so hard I wasn't sure if he could breathe. I pushed him forward and we landed back on all 4 tires. We slid the entire way down the hill we had just drove up backwards at a high rate of speed.. I just kept saying as I looked back, keep it straight, keep it straight. When we got the the bottom was got off the 4 wheeler and looked at each other with smiles from ear to ear. Wow, that was fun, kinda. Anyways, like i said with hundreds of memories to choose from that one stands out the most.
~ Ryan Emmons

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November 25, 2005
My memories are more when Brian was little. I remember him and the twins hiding the our closest in the playroom and crashing the door open playing like they were the hulk. I also have memories of when he was born, how it was such a big deal for me to hold him at our parties.The older ones like me and Crissy were always fighting over the twins and Brian. He used to come by when I worked at Springfield Mall after I had Jesse, with his friends and he would talk about his latest girlfriend, or what mischief was getting into that night. I enjoyed his stories because I had a pretty uneventful life and hearing his crazy stories always made me smile. I remember when I asked him what went threw his head when he was falling from the tree to the ground that time he was skydriving. He said, he only had time to say one thing....oh ***. He was always full of energy, always smiling and laughing. He was a very wonderful spirt and was very protective over his family, especially his mom. The last thing was he gave me some valuable advice about partying that I still take but will keep that just between him and I.(wink)
~Amy Rauch (Brian's oldest cousin)

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November 18, 2005
Although I have a life full of memories with my cousin. The last time I saw him he and my husband Gio were throwing grapes off the deck at the kids. He was crazy. After that Gio, my dad (His uncle Leo), Christian and Brian played Basketball til it was dark. On the way home Gio told me that Brian had told him how great he played. It made him feel so good. That was the type of person Brian was. Always making others happy.
~Sarah Santa Ana (Brian's cousin)

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November 18, 2005
The Flood
I’d have to say the one thing that stands out in Brian’s life was when he broke his leg. Although he didn’t say it, I think he used that time to get closer to his friends and family. He knew that none of us minded waiting on him hand and foot since he was immobile. On to the real story here…

Brian came to Richmond to stay with me for a few days. He wanted a change of scenery from mom and dad’s and every other family member’s house. I lived in the ghetto so I didn’t plan on taking him around. He was there to sit on the couch, watch TV, and eat junk food that I ordered. It was Saturday, early morning Saturday. I woke up b/c water was dripping on me. The drip slowly turned into a pour as my whole apartment started flooding. Every light fixture, crack in the wall, or vent had water gushing out.

I threw my bed up against the wall and moved my computers away from the whole mess. Half of my living room and one couch weren’t falling victim to the flood. Broken legged Brian sat there totally miserable, unable to help. After a section of ceiling in my bedroom fell I gave up. Its makes me laugh to think about what he said.
“Hey dude, I think I’m gonna go home.”

I still feel guilty every time I remember this horrible story, after all he was supposed to be there resting his leg. One of the last things I said to him the last time I saw him was “Come to Richmond and we’ll party.”
At least we know one thing, I couldn’t possibly ruin another one of his weekends!
~James Hilliard

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November 17, 2005
Hunting # 1
This was it for us, the first time we came hunting without Uncle Leo. Our right of passage so to speak, we learned the land and the good spots to hunt so it was time to do it on our own. The trip was planned for months in advance, all three of us were bubbling over with excitement.

Per norm Rich had to work late the night of the trip so Brian and I decided to go up ourselves during the day, the day before the season opened. There was a lot to do in order to be comfortable in that cold, crumpling cabin. I drove up from Richmond in my Jeep, Brian took the white truck, and Rich was coming up with Kamran. Brian packed everything up and headed to the mountains.

We pulled up to the old cabin at dusk, happy that we had enough time to set up our new toy, the monster generator! Brian was still living at home so he was always in charge of everything generator related. He knew how to properly ground it, change/add oil, etc… I added kerosene to the little furnace and fired it up, full blast, let’s get this party started!

The cooler had cold beer, I mean cold. Brian had a lot of those “silly cigarettes”, (wink, wink). We were set, warm cabin a good amount of items to become thoroughly intoxicated. Hours flew by, listening to my CD’s and his rap CD’s on Rich’s little radio. Planning where we were going to hunt and generally catching up on our lives. At the time Brian and I hadn’t spoke a lot since I lived in Richmond. The hours rolled by and boredom finally set in, we said there’s no way we can stay up until Rich and Kamran get here at 2:00 am. Why in the world did we decide to drive…For a little background let me tell you that this was November and Brian broke his leg in May so this wasn’t exactly a good idea.

We got in the truck and headed toward the river. F-it Brian said, “This is working, I’m more awake now that we are moving and doing something.”
We get to the river and park the truck right at the water and chill. About 15 minutes later Brian says, “Yo dip the front end in the water so we can open the windows and hear the water.”
I reach down, to start the engine and ask him, “I didn’t turn the truck off when we got here, why is it off?”
It wouldn’t start. The truck wouldn’t start. We’re five miles from camp, Brian had a broken leg and the damn truck wouldn’t start. We were screwed, I mean as screwed as a person could be screwed without physically being screwed!

We get out of the truck, one flashlight, two people, and looked around feeling helpless. Suddenly we see headlights on the road on the other side of the raging river. Brian was good, he turned his flashlight off and on and somehow successfully made an S.O.S. signal…the truck was coming our way! Good ol boy pulls up in the other side of the river, gets out and yells, “What’s the problem?”
Brian instantly says, “The truck won’t start, I have a broken leg can you please cross the river and give us a ride back to our camp.”
Good ol boy, “The river is too high I can’t cross, how far away is your camp?”
I pipe in, “Five miles.”
Good ol boy, “That isn’t too far in these parts; you should make it just fine.”
Brian, “Please, I have a broken leg!”
He drives off. Brian and I are speechless, unable to comprehend what in the hell we were going to do.

Reluctantly we start walking; Brian’s leg hurts him really bad. I know there was a long way to go. The moon gives us enough light that we can see the outline of the road. Brian starts to slow down. Brian has to stop a few times and I make the decision that I’m going to run back to camp. There is no way he could walk on his own so I was going to run without a flashlight at 11:00pm to the cabin to get my Jeep.

Just before I start to run we see the headlights, one of our neighbors happened to be cruising around. We were safe and I wasn’t out of breath from running 4 miles J

I miss Brian, I love him. Everyone needs to remember him and feel comfort in the fact that he is all around us lending a hand with our weaknesses. Brian gave me the patience and skill to kill a deer last weekend and I will dedicate every one to him. Hunting was Brian’s favorite sport, if you spoke to him any time of the year he was always willing to talk about it.
~James Hilliard

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November 15, 2005
I have one to add to the website from Grandma. She remembers Brian's
first day as an Alter boy. Mass started and he walked down the isle. He got all the way up front she says and realized noone was behind him. He turned around and walked back like nothing happened (HAHAHAHA that is so funny). Then when everyone else was ready he walked again .. this time the priest was there too.
~Grandma Marshall's memory

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November 4, 2005
My favorite memory of Brian, was a something that happened everyday i saw him. I called him B like most people do, and he called me N. Everytime we saw each other it was ALWAYS... hey B.... and he would reply...hey N~with the same tone of voice like he was the happiest person to see me with a HUGE smile on his face! i miss him so much more and more each day, we were so close, i mean granted he was my boyfriends best friend, but i wasn't just his boys girlfriend, me and B always have and will always have this bond... i remember we were talking one day and he told me not to tell Josh he was going to turbo charge his RSX ( we all know how much he loved his car). He didnt want Josh to know because him and josh always were in competiton with each other :)... and i told Josh and B just smiled at me and laughed and said Natalie im never tellin you anything ever again.... yea right :) i love and miss you B!
~Natalie~

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November 4, 2005
I have so many memories of my brother Brian it is hard to put my finger on just one thing that stands out more than another we always had such a great time together in everything that we did. When I first became part of the family back in September of 1992 I remember how much we used to pick on Brian calling him “bucky” and stuff because of his teeth or always teasing him because of his size. We were down right mean to him sometimes me, Rich and James…..but I knew one day we would no longer be able to do that….and sure enough little Brian grew up and grew up quick there was no more teasing him or else he would put a whoopin on all of us. He was into wrestling at Hayfield and would always take us down in the front yard. I remember how much time me and him use to spend in our basement playing video games and stuff on Xbox especially when the first Halo game came out I think we played one day for like 10 hours straight or something like that….it all became a blur after the first 4 hours. I know Brian was young when he left us all but to be honest with you he has done a lot more than any of us ever will or ever have the guts to do. Brian did so many things to admire and be proud of…he absolutely loved everyone and would do just about anything for them. Brian will undoubtedly be missed but never, ever forgotten by anyone he ever came in contact with. I used to see him every morning on my way to work and yell across the street to him, now my mornings are a lot different, but every morning I still look over there and say to myself what I would be saying to him………I love you and miss bro.
Your brother forever,
Chris

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November 4, 2005
I remember a few years ago I bought a hammock for camping. I would bring it with me and Brian would always be the one to set it up and always the first one to chill in it. It was lost but because I knew how much he loved it I bought another one, more for him than for anyone. I love the memory of him just sitting in it and us talking about nothing and everything (and me joking with him telling him that his fat butt was gonna make the tree break!). We also have a hammock at home that he loved. I remember the last time he was in it. He is the last person who has slept in it still to this day. He came to my house after work but I was running late and he had to wait for probably an hour or so for me so he went out back and took a little nap in the hammock. Apparently it started to rain, but because the hammock is under trees he didn't feel the rain till it was pouring. He was soaking wet when I got home just from his mad dash to his car. It was so funny how he told the story, we were rolling in laughter. I will never forget your laugh Brian, it always gave me such a warm feeling and made me so happy and still does today just to remember it. Everytime I look out the window over my sink and see my hammock, I think of you.
~Vicky Niblett

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November 2, 2005
My first memories of Brian were of him coming home from the hospital and having to fight with my other brothers and sisters over who was going to hold him first. Then begging him to let me put him down when he had gotten to big and heavy. I remember him calling me She-She when he was just learning to say my name which he never did get quite right because he has been calling me Ree-Ree for as long as I can remember. The thing I remember the most is all the hugs he used to give me everytime I saw him. Which I'm sure everyone who knows him will have this same memory too. My last memory of Brian is funny...I keep picturing him riding his 4 wheeler and everytime he would get stuck on something he would stand up a little and shake his butt until he was free and of course his hair would be sticking up everywhere when he took off his helmet. Mostly, I will remember his goofy grin, it was always there and would light up the room and make me feel so happy inside. Love ya Bri
~Sherry (Ree-Ree) D'Souza

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November 1, 2005
Just wanted to say Brian was one of my best friends and I miss him dearly. I call his cell every now and then just to hear his voice. I’m sorry for the loss of a great person! I had lost contact with some of his friends because I didn’t know how to handle it. I went into Clyde’s of Tyson’s one night and saw Kameron and he gave me the biggest hug!! Then, our table was right down the row from his folks. Kind of hit me hard that night, but I was glad to see the family doing well. Kameron told me about this web site and I’m so happy to see it. One of my greatest memories with Brian was when he took me to see the Christmas lights one year. Just hanging out, being crazy…..I will always miss Brian!!
~Leslie Barber

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November 1, 2005
I will start this off with a memory that of late has been on my mind a lot. Brian and I were sitting at my house, just chillin like we always did and we started talking about the skydiving accident he had a few years back. I remember I asked him what went through his mind the moment he realized his parachutte was hooked on the tree and he was falling 50 feet to the ground, I asked him if he was scared he was going to die. I remember clear as day him saying to me "The thought never crossed my mind". When I think of the accident that cut his life short I take comfort in knowing how much courage and how brave my baby brother was then and know that this time was the same. Brian lived life to the fullest and loved each and every second of it.
~Vicky Niblett

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Here are the posts from Brian's other guestbook (right now they are all on this page...but I'm going to break it into multiple pages when I get a chance):

November 4, 2005
Dear Rich and James (and Hilliard Family),
I just heard about Brian's death this morning. I am absolutely stunned. Words can not describe the pain that you must be going through. There is nothing I could say to comfort you, or that you haven't already heard before, but my heart is truly aching for you and your family. Brian will be missed, but he will live on in all of you.
My deepest sympathy,
Jenny Estes (Alexandria, VA )

November 2, 2005
I knew Brian from the 8th grade on. He was a wonderful person and I can't believe that he is gone. I hope that your memories will carry you through. Brian was such a great friend! He will be missed by all!
~ Heather
Heather Norris (Alexandria, VA )

October 21, 2005
Eileen and Family,
I am so sorry for your loss! Brian was a wonderful person and I'll always cherish those good times I had with my little "B" friend in years past. I'm here anytime if you need anything. God bless you and your family.
Love,
Audrey Hatcher (Stafford, VA )

October 20, 2005
Eileen, Tom and Family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God Bless all
With Love,
Carrie
Carrie Robinette (Stafford, VA )

October 20, 2005
Dearest Eileen and family
I am just devastated at the news that I have just received. I can't even imagine what your entire family has been going through and the pain dealing with this traggic loss! Seeing the wonderful picture of your adult children, makes me reflect back to the late 1980s, when our kids played together (and fought together (smile)). What a sweet loving boy. I have such wonderful memories of Brian and of our friendship together. I will let these memories carry me through. Continue to treasure all those wonderful memories, along with the additional trillion. With the closeness of your family and the lord above, I sincerely hope you and your family can find peace. I want to come find you and give you a great big hug! (One big hug for all of you). May the lord watch over you and your entire family.
With love
Cassie Robinette
Cassie Robinette (Stafford, VA )

October 19, 2005
Eileen, Tom, and Family-
I was so sorry to hear about Brian's death, and will be praying that the Lord will comfort your family.
April
April Shrewsbury (Alexandria, VA )

October 12, 2005
Eileen and Tom, My thoughts are with you and family.
John
John Kelly (Springfield, VA )

October 7, 2005
Our prayers are with you and all those who suffer as a result of this tradegy.
Ed Maguire (Warren, MI )

October 7, 2005
I want to extend my warmest condolences and let you know that you have all been, and will continue to be, in my thoughts and prayers.
Nicole Perella
Nicole Perella (Falls Church, VA )

October 6, 2005
Brian,
I miss you.
Love, Vicky
Vicky Niblett (Stafford, VA )

October 6, 2005
Eileen,Tom,and Family:
I am sorry for your tragic loss. I will continue to keep your family in my prayers.
God Bless you all,
TIKARA
Tikara Pulliam (MD )

October 6, 2005
Lori and I extend our heartfelt condolences to your family for the loss of your son Brian. During these difficult times, our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God grant you strength, solace and peace in helping preserve Brian's memory forever.
Mike Roddin (Alexandria, VA )

October 6, 2005
We will never understand why something so tragic can happen to those so beautiful and special to us. I hope that time helps ease your pain, and that memories are able to carry you through the day. You are always in our hearts.
Kelly and Mike Terry (Oakhurst, NJ )

October 5, 2005
Dear Eileen,Tom and Family,
I'm sorry we can't be with you. I know you have a close family and together,you will find that each day will make you stronger. Just know we have been thinking and praying for you all.
Ellen and Ed Elgart (Red Bank , NJ, NJ )

October 5, 2005
Eileen & Tom,
My heartfelt condolences are extended to you for the loss of your son Brian. During these difficult times my thoughts and prayers are with you. God bless you.
Giselle
Giselle Whitfield (Upper Marlboro, MD )

October 5, 2005
Eileen and family: I was so sorry to hear the tragic news of Brian. Please know you are all in my prayers, that while some day it may never make sense, you can at least find peace and hold onto all those precious memories.
Diane Nyren (Natick, MA )

October 5, 2005
Those we hold most dear never truly leave us... they live on in the kindness they showed, the comfort they shared, and the love they brought into our lives.
Cyndie and Cody Goetz (Spotsylvania, VA )

October 5, 2005
Eileen:
I am so sorry for your loss! I trust that God will give you the strength to go on. I wish I could tell you that time will fill that void you feel in your heart, but only God's love will be able to comfort you and your family. Lean on him! He will not leave you alone, especially at times when you feel like you cannot go on!
Pat Villalobos (White Sands Msl Range, NM )

October 5, 2005
Eileen & Tom: Eileen and I would like to express our sincere condolances over your loss. Having lost a son ourselves we understand your pain and suffering. Please remember our thoughts and prayers are with you and cherish all those happy times you had with Brian. Let us know if there is anything we can do to help. Tom & Eileen
Thomas Drinkwater (Warrenton, VA )

October 5, 2005
Eileen, Tom and Family,
There are never the right words to express the sadness one feels for such a loss.
With Deep Sympathy, In this time of loss and sadness, may your hearts be filled with wonderful memories of Love.
Maria Holmes (Lorton, VA )

October 5, 2005
Eileen and Tom,
Although I never met Brian, I can only imagine what an amazing person he was coming from your family. You both made me feel so welcomed when I first met you that I know Brian would have had the same wonderful personality and genuine caring towards other people. We should all be so lucky to be like your family and be able to live life to its fullest like Brian did.

May there always be work for your hands to do,
May you purse always hold a coin or two,
May the sun always shine upon your windowpane,
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain,
May the hand of a friend always be near you,
May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.

An Irish Blessing

You and your family will be in my thoughts forever. If ever you need me, I will be there.
Sincerely,
Christian
Christian Fraley (Centreville, VA )

October 5, 2005
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and yours - God bless!
Carl Sublett (Manassas, VA )

October 4, 2005
Tom, Eileen & Family:
We realize that there is really nothing that we can say to take your hurt away (only time will do that) but we will pray that God will bring peace to you and your family during this time of mourning.
Please know that if there is anything that we can do for you, we are just a phone call away.
Love Always,
Tammy & Robert Hughes (Manassas, VA )

October 4, 2005
Eileen, Tom, and the entire family,
Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all. We were so sorry to hear of your loss.
Scott and (soon to be wife) Dani Greene (Springfield, VA )

October 3, 2005
To all Brian's family and friends,
I was so shocked to hear of Brian's tragic passing. I know we watch the news and read the paper and realize such things happen in this world.One never expects it to hit so close to home.
I also know B's family, a wonderfully rare unit they are. I can't begin to fathom the pain they must feel. I do know their faith is strong, but it has been tested. Lean on God, trust in him and lift it up.
You will remain in our prayers always,
Love
The Terrells and the Khans
Danielle Terrell- Khan (Goochland, VA )

September 26, 2005
To the Hilliard Family:
Our deepest sympathies go out to all of you. The tragic news of Brian's loss was such a shock to all of us. We all loved him in our own way. We will remember him as he was, full of life and fun. He was such a lovely boy and we will miss him too. Please accept our heartfelt condolences on this sad and irreparable loss.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
From: The Nibletts,
Larry, Cheryl,Lonsdale, Connie & Tanya
Cheryl Niblett (Springfield, VA )

September 22, 2005
To Vicki and her family, We are so sorry to hear about your brother and can't imagine the pain and loss you feel. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family each day. Love, Dan and Judy Avery
Dan and Judy Avery (Grand Rapids, MI )

September 22, 2005
In times of need turn to prayer. May God answer your prayers and heal your pain.
Rebecca Conner (Fairfax Station, VA )

September 21, 2005
I work with Vicky & Duncan, and I just wanted to extend my condolences to the entire Hilliard family.
Sheldon Norman (Washington, DC )

September 20, 2005
As a friend of James, I would like to extend my most sincere condolences for the loss of Brian. My thought and prayers are with you and your families.
Roger Lee (Midlothian, VA )

September 20, 2005
I'd like to take the time to express my deepest sympathies for the loss you all have suffered. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
Raymond LaCharite (Richmond, VA )

September 20, 2005
I am a friend of James. Over the past two summers I made some treasured memories of Brian and the rest of your family while camping on your mountain. It was such a complete shock to hear of this tragedy. I am so sorry for your loss. I keep you all in my thoughts, prayers and heart.
Fondly,
Carmen
Carmen McGary (Richmond, VA )
cmcgary@cavtel.com

September 15, 2005
Eileen, Tom and family-
Although I never met Brian or your other children, I do know that they are the lights of your lives and your love of family shines through in all you do. I cannot imagine the terrible loss you have suffered. My deepest and heartfelt sympathies to your entire family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Carol Winn (Fredericksburg, VA )

September 14, 2005
The Hilliard Family,
I was a close friend of Brian's from 4th grade to graduation and even after school. He was the first person I met when I moved to Virigina in 1992. I felt we were like brothers all these years. When I heard about the tragedy I was in denial, I didn't want to believe it but I had to. I want to say I'm sorry for the love that was lost in your family and that Brian will never be forgotten by me or my family that knew him. We all loved him and will miss him from this day out.
Stephen Baldea (Alexandria, VA )
KhaoticKustomz@aol.com

September 13, 2005
Eileen and Family: I'm sorry we could not be with you during this very difficult time. Please know that we are thinking of you and that our prayers are with you.
Max and Fred
Maxine Maples Kilgore (Madison, AL )
maxkilgore@knology.net

September 13, 2005
Dear Eileen, Tom, and family,
I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of your son. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Sincerely, Mel
Melvia (Mel) Pulley (Deltona, FL )

September 13, 2005
Tom and Eileen,
There is no loss greater than a child. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family. Love, Brenda Belew
Brenda Belew (Chesterfield, VA )
brendabelew828@hotmail.com

September 13, 2005
Eileen and Tom,
I am soo sorry for you tragic loss. My god be with you and your family in this time of grief.
Wen Lin (Burke, VA, VA )

September 13, 2005
Eileen and Family,
I am deeply sorry for your loss. May God watch over you and your family. My prayers and love are with you.
Much love,
Merrilee
Merrilee Feller (Alexandria, VA )

September 13, 2005
Eileen and Family,
My prayers are for you and your family.
Gloria King (Camp Springs, MD )

September 12, 2005
Dear Eileen,
I cannot even begin to imagine your grief at the loss of Brian. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers always.
Sincerely,
Joan Sable (Manassas, VA )

September 12, 2005
Dear Mr. & Mrs. Hilliard,
You don't know me, but I heard through Leanne Medders about your tragedy. Leanne was my daughter's best friend, Jamie Alexandra Grimsley (Allie) who was suddenly killed two days before I was to take her college on 8/17. She was my only daughter, although I have two wonderful and supportive sons. Losing a child is so painful and it is simply out of order. My pain is still raw grief and I don't know when it subsides but I would be more than happy to speak to you if you thought it would help in anyway, I truly understand your pain. I hope you have lots of fond memories of Brian, I have lots of pictures of Allie all around the house. I hope you have a family you will support you as I have, it really makes a difference (but doesn't take away the acute grief you are feeling). I will be thinking of you. I hope you will always feel Brian's spirit with you.
Sincerely,
Jamie Pumpelly
Jamie Pumpelly (Mason Neck, VA )
jpumpelly2@aol.com

September 12, 2005
To the family and loved ones of Brian Hilliard,
The memories I have of Brian are limited as they were a long time ago, but in the short time I did know him I realized he was an amazing person with the ability to brighten even the worst of days. I am so sorry for your loss and his memory and the profound effect he had on everyone's lives will make this tragedy a little easier to bear. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Jaimee Cougle (Roanoke, VA )

September 12, 2005
Eileen and Family,
I am so sorry to hear about your terrible loss. You're in my prayers.
Debbie Fischer (Alexandria, VA )

September 12, 2005
Eileen and Family,
Our most heartfelt sympathy goes out to you in this deeply sorrowful time. I know that you have a great faith that will preserve your family and a great strength to comfort each other with the warmest of memories. Much love.
The Fortenberry's
April Fortenberry (MD )

September 12, 2005
Would just like to say I can't imagine the hardship your family is going through. You are all in my prayers. I have been a good friend of Brian's since he started working at Clyde's and I have been in disbelief since I heard the tragic news. I will be at the funeral tomorrow to pay my respects! God bless!
Leslie Barber (Arlington, VA )
klumzmonkey@hotmail.com

September 12, 2005
Dearest Eileen and Tom,
Words cannot express my shock and sorrow. I know there is nothing I can say that will ease your pain, so I just want you to know that I am here for you and praying-- as you have been for me so many times.
Much love,
Betisa
Betisa and Aaron Brown (Alexandria, VA )

September 12, 2005
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Hilliard,
You do not know me at all. I knew Josh (Brian's good friend) through Leanne. Leanne was my daughter's best friend. Allie,18 and leaving for college in two days, died on August 17th suddenly in car accident (the only fatality). I can tell you that I understand your pain and suffering. I was very close to my daughter and I am still entangled in grief. If you would like to call me at anytime I would be happy to speak to you. Sometimes its nice to talk to someone who really understands and the grief is still so raw. I hope that Brian brought you joy and love, as my daughter did (and I still feel her spirit is with me). I am so sorry for your loss. I wish you the best and I hope you have a family support system to help you through this period. Life will never be the same for your family or mine.
Jamie Pumpelly (Mason Neck, VA )
jpumpelly2@aol.com

September 12, 2005
Eileen, Tom and other relatives - Brian is in a better place and my prayers are with you as you go through these moments of sadness...
God loves you all,
Herman Gaines, Jr. (Alexandria, VA )

September 12, 2005
Dear Eileen,
Deepest sympathy to you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Cindy Hermes (Sterling, VA )

September 12, 2005
Dear Hilliard Family,
I was one of the many people who knew and loved Brian. He was best friends with my brother Ryan and next door neighbor Josh. Brian was at my house almost every night I was there, playing cards or just hanging out with the guys. He was always very sweet to me and became a really good friend. I know how you all are hurting, I see it in Josh and Ryan's eyes every day since the accident. Please know my prayers are with you and your family and I love you very much.
Sincerely,
Ashley Emmons
Ashley Emmons (Lorton, VA )

September 12, 2005
Tom and Eileen, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your son, Brian. My heart goes out to the both of you and your family. I can't imagine the pain and sorrow you must feel. I pray that you find the strength to make it through the days ahead.
Andrea Williams (Woodbridge, VA )

September 12, 2005
Eileen and Tom. We were so sorry to hear about Brian. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Kim, Jerry and Kayla Midkiff (Springfield, VA )
midkiffplus3@aol.com

September 12, 2005
My deepest sympathy for this tragic loss. We raise our children to the best of our abilities, however, we can not protect them forever.
Robert
Mr. & Mrs. Robert L. Neff (Dale City, VA )

September 12, 2005
Dear Sherry and family:
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at the loss of your brother. May the joy and memories of Brian's life help ease the pain. I will keep you in my prayers.
Nicole(Lori H's friend)
Nicole Cochraham (Alexandria, VA )

September 12, 2005
Thinking of you and sharing in your loss. I pray that caring thoughts and wishes strengthen you and bring you comfort. God's amazing grace and mercy will bring you through.
LaVerne Kidd (Huntsville, AL )

September 12, 2005
Eileen and Family,
I can only imagine the pain and sorrow you must feel for the loss of your son. I know how I felt losing a husband, and I said then, the only thing worse would be to lose a child, so I can only imagine your grief and pain.

Please remember that God's love is there for you to rely on - his love and our wonderful family and friends are what has gotten me through this year. I hope the same can work for you and your family.

Please know that if you need anything or just want to talk (it is hard, but I found that talking does help)I am here and am more than willing to listen.

God Bless you and your entire family. My prayers and thoughts are with you.
With Love,
Sandy
Sandy Long (Woodbridge, VA )
thelongsx4@comcast.net

September 12, 2005
Dear Eileen:
I was so devastated to hear of your loss. My deepest sympathy to you and your family and My prayer for your family's strength during this difficult time.
Edna Taylor-Capers (Gaithersburg, MD )

September 12, 2005
Eillen, Tom and Family,
I don't know how all of you are feeling and don't want to pretend like I do- I just want each and everyone of you to know that I am praying for you and your famiy and You will get through this because of the love and support you all have for one another- I have seen this and witnessed this between all of you. May God Bless you and your Families.
Pam McCord
Pam McCord (Fredericksburg, VA )

September 12, 2005
God bless you and yours. Brian is in a better place right now. He has not left you because he's looking down at all of you with smiles of joy because he didnot suffer long. Your love for Brian shall always be in a safe place with in your hearts and souls.
Sincerely, Ivy
Ivy Elliot (Hackettstown, NJ )

September 12, 2005
To Riechler and Hilliard,
"Oh Lord our help in ages past, our hope for years to come, our shelter from a stormy blast, and our eternal home".
This is such a precious lost. I know that God's eternal love will bring you comfort as you grieve and God's peace will bring you joy as you celebrate Brian's life.

My love and prayers have gone forth.
Thomasine Coleman (Washingtorn, DC )

September 12, 2005
Dear Tom and Eileen,
I am praying for you and your family now and I will continue to keep you in my thoughts and prayers in the future. I know that your faith will help you through this difficult time.
Please take care,
Mary McHale
Mary McHale (Fairfax Station, VA )

September 11, 2005
Dear Eileen, Tom, and your Wonderful Family,
We have no idea the pain and sorrow that you must be suffering with the loss of Brian.
Please just know that we are out here loving and caring about you and your family.
Knowing what a beautiful, close, and loving family that you all are, you are blessed in having the best comfort God can give.
All Our Thoughts, Love, Sympathy, and Most of All 'Prayers' are With All of You.
Most Sincerely, Christi and Kevin Steiner
Christi and Kevin Steiner (Moline, IL )

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