Remembering Drew Johnson - wtvr

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By all accounts, Hermitage High School grad Drew Johnson had a personality that could light up a room.
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Mr Johnson, I'm terribly sorry for your loss.

Drinking to cope with pain is the wrong approach and will only cause more pain
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"were drinking to cope with the pain." Seems to me the drinking to forget the pain started this whole mess to begin with. Now the Hermitage Kids are doing nothing else but drinking, to forget the pain they say. They need to grow up and learn drinking started this and can lead to something much worst. Stop the DRINKING KIDS! and grow up.
Enough already. This is not how to remember Drew!!!
Let's not forget his brothers best friend drove over him, because Drew did not want him driving drunk, so he laid down in from of the car to stop him. The driver continued to drive back and forth to get over what was stopping the car. He was drunk and had no iidea what was stopping the car.It was Drew!
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Don't tell the Hermitage students to grow up. People deal with grief different ways. How dare you even talk about Drew's death. He was a great person, don't sit there and bash the students. Take your opinion somewhere else, this is about remembering Drew not criticizing people.
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No one was drinking to mourn over Drew's death. It was another young girl that had lost her life to a fatal illness to to drinking. Maybe if the parents actually cared enough that the'r children lost someone close to them they would have held something that helped everyone cope with the situation. You weren't there and you don't know the entire story! He didn't repeated back over his BEST FRIEND!! It's people like you that need to grow up, have some sympathy for those who are now mourning the loss of another great person! You are heartless and should think about how what you're writing could effect others. Put yourself in our shoes. We're learning to cope the best that we can, with each others support, and you're unthoughtful comments do not help us at all with the situation we're in!
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This is a bad situation for both families. It could have been prevented if teenagers and adults realize there is more to life than partying all the time. This group always spends time drinking and smoking weed. Its been going on for years and I have been waiting for something like to happen. It was either going to one of them or taking an innocent life by driving drunk or being high. Here we have both situations that happened in one night.

Friends of Drew's are already celebrating his life by partying up again! Its posted all over facebook. Grow up! Do you not understand this is the reason Drew is not here anymore!

There are ways of coping with issues other than drinking. Find a support group or discuss with your friends or family. I hope your friends take what's happened and turn it into a positive by realizing that the partying needs to stop! If you are under 21, shouldn't be drinking and if you are over 21, be responsible about it. RIP Drew!
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You've been waiting for something like this to happen? So you were just waiting around for someone to lose their life? What type of person does that make you? If you know people in this group, then you would know not all of them drink or smoke for that matter. You very well couldn't be 'apart' of this group if thats the way you feel because if they're such a bad influence you wouldn't hang around them. There are ways that people are celebrating a friends life that people aren't looking at as well. Like gatherings of friends, having moment of silence to remember him, or when people got together to go bowling together. Cookouts and bowling are the way drew would've wanted it to be, no one has said anything about a drinkfest to remember our friend. Instead of people turning their backs on us, trash talking our friends and loved one, or realizing exactly how much this is affecting everyone maybe they should help us learn to cope. We've got each other and that's who we turn to for support because at least they don't judge us the way others to and they know exactly how we're feeling.
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"You very well couldn't be 'apart' of this group if thats the way you feel because if they're such a bad influence you wouldn't hang around them" You are exactly right, Dana! I wouldn't hang with this group!

"Cookouts and bowling are the way drew would've wanted it to be, no one has said anything about a drinkfest to remember our friend." This is what you find on Facebook - "Drinking in your honor man!"-"Having a blunt for you dude!" How stupid to post such a comment with your name and a picture. You are just setting yourself you to be busted!

HELLO! If you want to party and not be responsible - this is what is going to happen. People are upset that Nick is on the news and in the paper. Well, that's what happens when you break the law.
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Dana wrote:
You've been waiting for something like this to happen? So you were just waiting around for someone to lose their life? What type of person does that make you? If you know people in this group, then you would know not all of them drink or smoke for that matter. You very well couldn't be 'apart' of this group if thats the way you feel because if they're such a bad influence you wouldn't hang around them. There are ways that people are celebrating a friends life that people aren't looking at as well. Like gatherings of friends, having moment of silence to remember him, or when people got together to go bowling together. Cookouts and bowling are the way drew would've wanted it to be, no one has said anything about a drinkfest to remember our friend. Instead of people turning their backs on us, trash talking our friends and loved one, or realizing exactly how much this is affecting everyone maybe they should help us learn to cope. We've got each other and that's who we turn to for support because at least they don't judge us the way others to and they know exactly how we're feeling.
Read facebook.. This is not the way we want to remember Drew! Why won't these kids respect our family? There are cuse words, talking about drinking, smoking ect. Do you think our family wants to see that?????>?
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"You very well couldn't be 'apart' of this group if thats the way you feel because if they're such a bad influence you wouldn't hang around them" You are exactly right, Dana! I wouldn't hang with this group!
"Cookouts and bowling are the way drew would've wanted it to be, no one has said anything about a drinkfest to remember our friend." This is what you find on Facebook - "Drinking in your honor man!"-"Having a blunt for you dude!" How stupid to post such a comment with your name and a picture. You are just setting yourself you to be busted!
HELLO! If you want to party and not be responsible - this is what is going to happen. People are upset that Nick is on the news and in the paper. Well, that's what happens when you break the law.
Thank you! You are so Right!
Thank you! You are so Right!
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the hermitage kids are all drinking to remember drew when drinking is what got him killed, you would think a friend losing his life would make these kids straighten up instead alot of them are at bars drinking illegaly and then getting in their cars and driving off drunk and drew died trying to save his friend from driving drunk
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Well....I mean Drew was Drew...there are different sides to people that are seen. Drew drunk.. smoked weed all of that with his friends. His family prob only saw him as their kid... but you can't bash everyone drinking under age... kids are still learning and are growing up. If it takes a tragic lost...then thats what happened sad to say.. R.I.P Drew.
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All this talk about Hermitage kids is irrelevant. Drew was a great person regardless of what he did in his spare time. Everyone is responsible for their own actions, you cant judge someone for that. We all have to make our own decisions and live with them. Drew I love u boy, and ill never forget you and you know that. 5th period man you always had me smiling and laughing even in the worst situations and I thank you for that. You have touched so many hearts and will continue to do so. Its clear God needed someone like you around him and I cant be mad for that. R.I.P fam we have a lot to talk about when I see you again
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Why can't we all agree to disagree and mourn Drew's death together. It doesn't matter whose fault it is or how people are coping with it. We all experienced lost. We shouldn't be fighting about it. RIP Drew.
To Drew's family, I am deeply sorry for your loss.
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People shouldn't be arguing about what happened. There is no changing that now. Drew Johnson is irreplacable. There will never be another like him. That is a tragedy beyond words. His family and Nick's family don't need to come online and see all this bs about drinking. I can assure you that anyone who knows Drew or Nick is in a lot of pain right now and they will never be the same. So, please turn that finger around and keep pointing it at yourself. None of us are perfect, except maybe for Drew Johnson. He was the perfect friend to many many people. RIP
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How dare ANY of you insult Drew. How DARE you judge and insult his friends and family for dealing with his death and grieving in their own way. We are free to remember Drew in any way we want. And to say that you were waiting for something like this to happen?! Do you have a soul?? You're going to hell. And that's a shame, because you'll miss out on Drew & Jesus smokin' a fattie together.
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RIP Drew, who was a friend to my niece. From what I understand, he was a funny & very sweet guy. With that being said, people outside this group of friends, see things very different because we live a different life style, enjoying life without drugs or alcohol. We want those of you that do drugs & drink alcohol in excess to know that there is so much more to life than constant partying. I know not all of this crowd party non-stop, but many do drink beyond just catching a buzz or getting drunk, and do it a lot...for many it's a chronic abuse problem. Please understand, and this comes from my heart as a Mom, that we are not judging you, what we see & know are facts...but we want so much more for you out of life. We don't want you to have to deal with such pain that is caused by a very preventable problem. Life serves up enough pain without any help from us being irresponsible. You have to want a different way of life, and it is out there & it is wonderful and full of much more promise & potential without alcohol & drugs. AA meetings are a great place to start...but may I suggest you all start by banding together & choosing a better way of life for yourself and your family. Sounds corny I know...but if you're living right & loving life, making responsible choices and caring for others, corny=cool:-) So sorry you, Drew's friends, are suffering, I too lost a friend to drunk driving when I was in high school many years ago, it is a pain no one can imagine. I think that is one thing that influenced my choice not to drink & party throughout life...and if being called a stick in the mudd is the worst thing to come out of it, then so be it. Peace out guys & gals....hang tough & be safe.
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How dare ANY of you insult Drew. How DARE you judge and insult his friends and family for dealing with his death and grieving in their own way. We are free to remember Drew in any way we want. And to say that you were waiting for something like this to happen?! Do you have a soul?? You're going to hell. And that's a shame, because you'll miss out on Drew & Jesus smokin' a fattie together.
I could not believe my eyes when I read that last sentence. Maybe if you and your friends had Jesus in their lives, this would have not happened. You need some professional help immediately.
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REGUARDLESS of what drew did and nick did or was under the influence we have lost a big part of us and yes the smokin weed and drinkin was what drew did it was not was he was about but yes i know that as a family member thats not how u want your loved one remembered i understand i went through this same situation when my cousin died and reguardless drew did what he did and its all so sad we have lost someone so dear to us jus let us cope we may do dumb stuff and not think sum times but do u really think were stupid enough to go out and do the same thing again come on give us some credit at least this is not drew would of wanted AT ALL and u all know that this very well could of happened sober so stop blaming it on that i kno that it played a big part in the situation but stop bashing both their names weve lost drew already and one is torn in pieces of what he did and drew dosent blame nick we kno that he knows that drew loved everyone and his friends yes it sucks that he lost his life for one of them but in the end god must of needed drew more than anything when my cousin passed i had to come to grips that he needed him more up there then here his purpose was done here and god had bigger and better plans for him we will never understand y god takes the ones that are truly dearest to our hearts and will b missed terribly only god knows and untill we meet him we will go on with that answer while we on earth live out drews name and remember him the way he was its jus the way it is and i think drews very disapointed in some of your comments if u didnt hang with drew everyday or alot then you cant make statements about him and what we did yes it may have been wrong and not right but that was us not what we are and no way will drew be remembered as a druged up drunk. if u did read drews facebook u will read how he touched so many lives and was just full of life and laughter now please so let him and us be in peace god i kno u got ur hands full up there have fun with our favorite shirtless buddy and please look over nick and the familes that have lost during this awful tragedy we lovin it and u drew
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How about you take the focus off yourselves and remember this is not about you and your fighting because thats what your doing and no body cares. Meanwhile you have a family that is hurting beyond what you'll ever know because they lost their son. How about we just remember the fun times with Drew and how much he will be missed.
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Drew would punch us all in the face if we weren't drinking. All you parents can suck it. Were gonna mourn however we want to. love you drew

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