Wednesday, April 29, 2015

In Memoriam: Christopher Luke McAteer (August 7th, 1996-April 5th, 2015)

This one really breaks my heart and I struggled with doing a memoriam for Luke; from all the posts from his friends it seems that's what everyone called him. His death really shook me up, not just because of the circumstances surrounding it but because he was so young and, from his pictures and form the accounts from his friends, he seemed so happy and was a super nice guy. His suicide definitely shocked everyone. I ultimately decided to do a memoriam to Luke because when you Google his name all you get are articles about the incident but there's nothing that tries to pay respect to the person behind the incident. I heard that he was the victim of bullying and that his short career in gay porn, he only shot three scenes for Corbin Fisher, was the subject of homophobia and even death threats when a coward outed Luke to his friends and family. I hope the piece of shit that did that and all the assholes who bullied this beautiful young man rot in Hell and have sleepless nights and guilt filled nightmares for the rest of their lives.
Anyway, born to a veterinarian and a nurse in Tennessee, Luke was an athlete and outdoor lover whose hobbies included hunting, fishing, going to the beach, playing practical jokes on people and writing. I'm seriously sitting here almost in tears. Me and him had so much in common! We probably would have been friends. I wish I would have known him, maybe if he had someone to reach out to or talk to who he knew wouldn't judge him I wouldn't have to right this.
I've read many posts from his friends that talk about his love of doing impressions, his friendly smile, which, look at the pictures folks, you can tell he was a kind soul, and his willingness to help anyone. I read one post about a former schoolmate of Luke's who recalls a day that Luke saved him from being beaten up on the playground and Luke and the boy he saved didn't even know each other!
He loved spending time with his brother and the two of them would often go turkey hunting together.
Luke was an organ donor and through his death, six people reportedly received the gift of life. His last words were reportedly, "I love Jesus and I want to go home to be with him." He was raised in a very devout Christian home and I don't care what anyone says, I know this young man is in Heaven!
Luke, rest in peace and I hope that wherever you are, you are happy.


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