I went to school with your brother Mike. Just visited his memorial page and cried my eyes out to the song "Come to Jesus!" I really wasn't that close to Mike, but always liked him and remembered his thick and very curly beautiful head of hair and a smile with dimples that could light up a room! He was a handsome boy. It gives me peace to see his journals, and for him speak of the Lord and his faith. It gives me a hope that I will see him again one day in Heaven. I am so sorry for the loss of your brother but when someone young dies I often think of a verse in the bible:
ISAIAH 57:1 (New International Version)
The righteous perish, and no one ponders it in his heart; devout men are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil.
I pray the Lord continues to comfort you and give you peace and strength!
I remember Maria being a stand-out singer in high school, and she has continued her gift of singing through her church. You can listen to her in this beautiful worship song she wrote, "Lord, You Deserve My All," and another inspiring song, "Made Me Glad."