In a few minutes from now, the remains of hazing victim EJ Karl Intia will be interred at his final resting place.
I have not known Karl until his untimely demise. But yesterday, I attended the candlelight vigil ceremony held to honor the life he lived and the memory he left to those who know him. From the testimonies shared by his mother, friends and his former mentor and teacher, Karl was trustworthy, hardworking and a responsible leader. He loved his family dearly and was bent to finish college even as he had to take on a part-time job at a fastfood chain to augment his parent’s income.
Such traits evident in Karl, as well as his potential to succeed, might have driven the fraternity to recruit him. Perhaps, Karl saw in them a relationship more than brothers.
But it was not to be.
A promising life for Karl has now gone to waste.
Awfully and painfully sad it is.
Why did it have to happen?
The question lingers on. It reverberates in the mind and yet it remain unanswered.
As the great Timangkey said “We are on borrowed existence. And sooner or later we will have to return it. Let us enjoy the moment NOW, because the difference of life and death is just a tick of a second. We start our own death march the moment we are born.”
Indeed, there are lessons to be learned here. Tragic as it is, we just might have to learn the lessons the hard way.
To Karl, may your soul rest in peace. Amen.