Photographer: Hanaiya Thomas
The book cover to Miami Lust, is deeper than just three silhouettes inside of a rose. It’s very dear to me because my friend Tommy whom I knew as “Charlie” drew it for me. He was a very talented artist and I told him that I wanted him to illustrate all my book covers for me. He can no longer do that though because he was taken from this world by a drunk driver who ran a red light. The driver didn’t even bother checking to see if he was alright and just fled from the scene on foot. My heart and soul are forever crushed. My spirit doesn’t hold the same light it once held. Death and life go hand and hand but it’s a different kind of pain whenever it is brought on by the careless acts of man.
If you’ve never met a selfless person before, Charlie was just that. He would go out of his way to help other people without hesitation. He didn’t even have to know them. He once told me; no matter how bad my day is I should find something that makes me smile. He made me smile and will be missed by so many. Think before you drive drunk. You can ruin more than just your life.
Rest in Peace dear friend…I love you and will never forget you.