Four months ago today, there was funeral being held for one of our own, Trooper Shawn Blanton. He was killed while on duty. In the months that have passed everyone on the reservation has come to love the family he left behind. His wife, Michaela, and son, Tye, who was born 7 weeks prematurely. We are all one big family and we prayed for Michaela and Tye, he suffered from heart and neurologicial(?) problems. He underwent heart surgery at Duke University hospital a month ago, and little Tye was starting to make progress once again. We recevied updates from his mom and family and it seemed that just maybe Shawn's legacy would live on through his son. Then, on Friday, October 17th, four months to day of his dad's passing, it was announced over local news channels and in local papers that the little boy we had grown to love had passed away. Today is little Tye's funeral and as I sit here writing this my heart just breaks for his mother, Michaela. I know that I've suffered the loss of a child, but I can't imagine losing a husband and a child in four months time. I just ask that whoever reads this post to please remember Michaela, and the Blanton Family in your prayers.
Cylas, mommy asks that you and your angel friends please welcome Tye with open arms and make him feel at home. I love you my little angel and I will never forget you!!