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Stand By Me

Chris Chambers
Rio's Attic: Celebrating the Life and Times of a Dearly Missed River Phoenix
I'm only thirteen years old and I saw
River's movie Stand By Me.
I was watching this movie with my best friend,
and when it was over I said,
"Wow. I am so in love with Chris."
But it wasn't the character Chris I was in love with.
It was really River. I know he was an amazing
friend in real life as he was in the movie.
Every time I watch it it makes me cry.
And every time I think of him I smile.
This Christmas I got Stand By Me, my favorite movie
and I carried it around with me for a long time.
In fact it's sitting on my lap right now.
There's just something about him I can't let go.
I love him I was just two when he died
so I had no idea what was going on.
But now is when I feel the heartbreak of losing him.
He could have been so good today,
and I would have still had my favorite actor ever.

I will always miss him and love him.
And although I never have, it feels like I knew him.
So R.I.P. Riv. I'll never forget you.

Carly Buccino - Hillsborough, New Jersey, USA
December 26, 2004

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