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Mourning a Co-worker

Some of the last words he posted via social media expressed his love for his children saying, 'I don't understand it. I love my kids so much that it nullifies every other emotion.'

Kellen WeaverABQ FREE PRESS STAFF REPORT

Kellen D. Weaver, an ABQ Free Press executive salesperson, passed away unexpectedly on July 28 in Albuquerque at age 32. ABQ Free Press offers our sincerest condolences to his family, including his parents Adrienne Braswell and Kevin Weaver; his children Kiana Renee and Antonio David; and siblings Wyatt and Emily.

The tight-knit community of Taos where Kellen lived has been deeply affected by his passing. A service celebrating Kellen’s life will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, at the Sagebrush Inn, 1508 Paseo del Pueblo Sur in Taos.

Kellen has been described as driven by his co-workers. He was a top athlete and body builder, and was an accomplished fisherman who loved nature. Kellen also loved to read and write, and was passionate about art and music. After he was hired at ABQ Free Press, his thirst for knowledge resulted in a desire to learn more about journalism, as he planned to go back to school to pursue a degree. His goal was to move from the sales staff to the newsroom.

Although his life was cut short, he was able to spend quality time with his family and children in the months before he died.

Some of the last words he posted via social media expressed his love for his children saying, “I don’t understand it. I love my kids so much that it nullifies every other emotion.” He also professed his love to his girlfriend, noting how she challenged him with her intelligence and expressing his happiness with her days before his passing.

At ABQ Free Press, he will be remembered for his humor, motivation and dedication. He inspired others with his tenacity to succeed and he is greatly missed by his colleagues. He only worked for the newspaper for a short time, but he made a big impact in the brief time he was here. We wish we could have had the time to get to know him better.

His mother, Adrienne, wrote to the newspaper after Kellen’s death:

“It seemed he was on a new and more solid path. There was a solid imprint of confidence evident in him, regarding his ability to promote a product he believed in. Your newspaper gave him a sense of pride. He kept telling me about how much he was learning, and was checking out books at the library to learn more and all he could. He was always that way, applying himself to knowing every angle about his interests.  This job, however, was really and truly a first chance for him to excel and propel himself forward in a way he had always dreamed of. ”

“It may have been brief, but it was a long awaited stride of opportunity seized for Kellen,” she wrote. ” It was an important keystone of success and if it has to be the end of the story for my son, I am so grateful for that final chapter for him, for all of us.”

“I just want you to know that you and your paper are a key huge step in the progress of Kellen Dance Weaver’s sense of success in this tough world,” she added. ” More than you know, really. More than any of us know.”

— Rene Thompson for the ABQ Free Press staffKellen Weaver

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Dennis Domrzalski is managing editor of ABQ Free Press. Reach him at dennis@freeabq.com.