My friend, a new Michael Jackson fan, murdered

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You can read his story here.:
('gardaí' is Gaelic for 'police')
http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2009/0818/breaking23.htm

Seb was an incredible, extremely talented and funny guy. He was one of my best friends and I'll never forget him for as long as I live. It's an extremely tragic story that has left three families completely devastated. This is the worst sadness I have ever felt. He was part of a wide but close-knit group of friends, and we are all in a dark cloud of disbelief and despair.

He was just starting to get into MJ's music, and absolutely loved the Bad album, playing it constantly in college. As far as I know, he got Off the Wall, Thriller and Bad from his brother Dylan's collection and that's how he discovered what a fantastic artist Michael was. He was especially fascinated by the Quincy Jones interviews that came with the albums, and would often talk to me about what a "cool bastard' Quincy was :D

He had an extremely broad taste in music, and at the time of his death he was going through quite the intense MJ phase. I'm posting here in memory of him, in the hopes of some messages of support from other fans around the world. I think he would really appreciate that.

Remember that life is short, and please cherish every moment you have with your loved ones. Thank you to everyone who's reading this, and I wish you all the best of luck.

Rob
 

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Hey Rob. Thanks for posting your story. I'm so sorry for your loss. I hope us here can liven your spirits, whether it be a laugh or smile :) Ten quid is on M.J teaching him to moonwalk right now ;)
 

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I´m so sorry that you´ve lost your best friend. I can´t imagine how you must feel now - luckily something like that hasn´t happen to me yet.

My deepest condolences to the family of your friend and, of course, to you. Hopefully you´re friend is now together with his new idol that he has found just a while ago:

Michael Jackson!!!

I´m sure that Michael and your friend are moonwalking in paradise now.

Thanks for sharing your sad story. Stay strong, Dark Artist!!!
 

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That's really terrible Rob--so tragic. My condolences to you on your loss, and to your friend's family.
 

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wow i read the story you posted :( i am so sorry for what has happened. ty for the reminder how important it is to cherish your life and those that you love in it. we never know what the day holds. this story really brings that home. i pray you are ok and that comfort will come to your friends who loved him and to his family. God bless all of you.
 

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The fact that Michael and him could be moonwalking together right now is pretty amazing. I am constantly wondering where Seb is now that he's passed.

Thanks, everyone, for your words of condolence. You have no idea how much I appreciate that you're taking the time to post.
 

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DA: I am so sorry for your lost. I have had lost a close friend of mine under tragic circumstances not so long ago and I know how hard it is!
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It is very amazing if him and MJ are dancing together now :)
 

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Horrible :(
My prayers are with you, it must be terrible to lost a friend. I also believe that he is now in a better place with Michael.. stay strong *hugs*
 

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DA, so sorry to hear about your friend. My love and support goes out to you and your circle of friends as well as all of those feeling his loss. I hope you take comfort in your good memories with him and the special bond you shared in loving Michael's music. Peace & blessings to you.
 

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OMG, that is just such an awful, horrid thing to happen...
I'm so sorry about your friend, my heart goes out to you and his family.
I'm sure Mike will be there for him, he always had a soft spot for his fans.
RIP Seb [']['][']
 

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OMG, I've just seen this. :( That is so awful. My condolences sincerely go out to you. I'm so sorry. Maybe he's up there with Michael now, and still learning about him.
 

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They're making a CD of the music he loved to be played in the background at his wake and were looking for suggestions, so I made sure there was some MJ on there ;)

Thanks again for all your posts. It's great that so many people care. I'm finding it extremely difficult and it's incredible to know that people from across the world are willing to offer their words of condolence, even though they've never met the person. Your thoughtfulness is greatly appreciated both by me and by him alike, I'm certain! Thanks so much to all of you!
 

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This is horrid. I can't begin to imagine what you're feeling right now. As a generally paranoid person when it comes to the safety of my friends, family and girlfriend this is a worst nightmare.

We are all here for you. I am so sorry. *hugs*

RIP Seb

I'm in absolute shock and lost for words..
 

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I'd like to thank you all one last time for paying tribute to Seb. His burial was yesterday, and the initial rush that surrounded his death is now over. Now I suppose the healing process can slowly begin. I'll leave you all with a picture of him that was used in a card of remembrance that we, his friends, gave to his family at his funeral. Below is the incredible speech that his mother made to lift our hearts and finish the ceremony.

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R.I.P. Sebastian Creane, 1986 - Forever

“SEB'S BODY is back in a Moses basket. It’s a little bit bigger than the one he began life’s journey in, but it serves the same purpose: a place to rest.

We are faced with a grim reality today, burying my youngest son. Reality for me is the sum of all my experiences, my beliefs, my thoughts, which I project out into this world and with which I create my story.

In Ireland we have a great tradition of story-telling. Firstly, we tell stories to try to make sense of the human condition and secondly, when we share our story, we connect with one another. We come to know each other.

This morning, I am going to tell a story. In my story, my God is the God of Small Things. I see God’s presence in the little details.

My beloved J [her husband James] and I decided to have a second son – we didn’t know it was going to be a boy then of course – because we didn’t want D to be an only child. And I knew also that my expectations of Dylan, if he was on his own, would be too high.

Seb was eager to be born. He arrived three weeks early at 10 minutes to two in the afternoon.

Do you remember the old days when the clock faces in the haberdashery window all read ‘10 to 2’ because the face of the clock looked like it was smiling? If you’ve never seen it, look at Ledwidge’s window in Main Street. My God of Small Things was telling me this would be a happy child. And he was.

Seb has 45 first cousins. What a bountiful table to sup from throughout one’s childhood. Seb was also the youngest child in the Grove and he did his best to be as good as the rest of them.

At 2½, he could cycle his bicycle without stabilisers on which at every opportunity he would disappear around the corner, abandon the bike at the door of Pauline’s shop and stand with his curly head peering round the door, brown eyes trained on Pauline, waiting until she relented and gave him a sweet.

Still as a nipper, he was with me in Hickey’s one day when I was buying curtain hooks. As I queued to pay, I realised I needed another one. Showing the hook to Seb, I asked him to get me one from the shelf. When he brought me back the correct one, I stored the information away. He had a good visual memory. It would stand him in good stead.

Contrary to popular perception, academia for Seb was not easy, but fortunately, he met teachers in St Nicholas’s Montessori, St Cronan’s, St Gerard’s, Sallynoggin Senior College and Dún Laoghaire Institute, who challenged him, tested his mettle, supported him, praised him, so that he became a fine, young man.

The last gift Seb gave to J and I was during our summer back in June. One Sunday morning, Seb informed me that he fancied a swim down at the seafront. I didn’t pay much heed.

He asked J and J said ‘Yeah’, he’d walk down with him. I was asked a second time. I gave in. So around midday Seb threw the towel over his shoulder and the three of us traipsed down to the beach. We sat on the pebbles and watched him as he went in for his dip . . . As I watched Seb I thought the child in that fella is still alive. It’s a memory we treasure.

Maybe my God of Small Things is saying, let the child inside each of us come to the surface and play or, as a point of fact, that I was blessed with a sunny child. Or as a parent I know that the one gift each of us would want for our child, is that they are comfortable in their skin . . .

And now I ask what is my God of Little Things saying to me about this incomprehensible act which took place in our home on Sunday morning of August 16th? This tragic incident which caused mayhem in all our lives and robbed D of a younger brother he was proud of. As D himself said, Seb was like him but with swagger.

D, Seb, Jen and Laura faced a presence of demonic proportions that manifested through Shane Clancy. How do I, Seb and Dylan’s mother, even try to rationalise this one? We live on Earth in a world of contrasts – big, small, hard, soft, good, bad, dark and light, but one can’t paint a picture without at least two shades.

It is the dark which gives definition to the light. Darkness is just the lack of light.

Through my God of Little Things, I notice that both boys who died were 22. Both had the same initials. Both were entering their final year in college and looked set, even in these recessionary times, to have fruitful careers.

So many similarities, yet on the morning of August 16th, my God of Small Things said to me, one boy represented the light, the other the darkness, as they both played their parts in the unfolding of God’s divine plan.

And as a result we, my beloved J and I, and all of you, are faced with a choice: do we continue to live in darkness, seeing only fear, anger, bitterness, resentment; blaming, bemoaning our loss, always looking backwards, blaming, blaming, blaming, or are we ready to transmute this negativity?

We can rise to the challenge with unconditional love, knowing that we were born on to this earth to grow . . .

Our hearts are broken but maybe our hearts needed to be broken so that they could expand.

And now that we have our attention on our hearts, please bring to mind a happy moment in your lives – the happier the better. Now let that happy feeling fill your whole heart. Now bring your attention to Jen. She feels so responsible. She blames herself. Bathe her heart in that happiness. Let our happy thoughts wash those feelings out of her. Keep sending her your happiness. And then forgive yourselves.

I am so conscious of all you young people who came in contact with Seb. I know you’re bewildered and want to do something to make it right. The best way you can honour Seb’s life is to co-create the most enlightened lives you can. The light that shone in Seb shines in you also, in its own special way. Let it shine and be at peace.”

- Nuala Creane
 
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I'm so sorry for your loss.. :( I would like to thank you for sharing this story, it's really a reminder every time one hears about such things like this.
I'm sure your friends spirit is still around, probably dancing with Michael right now, at a better place.
Stay strong Rob, we are all here for you. :)
 

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So sorry to read about this, Rob :( It seems this has been the summer of tragedies...

My heart goes out to him and everyone who loved him.

May he rest in peace, next to Michael.

*hugs for you*
 

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Rob, I am so sorry to hear of your dear friend Sebastian. My father is Irish and we have a lot of family living in and around Dublin. We spent many happy summers in Bray, Sandycove and Dun Laoghaire as kids and to hear that something so tragic happened there is terrible.

Find comfort in the knowledge that Sebastian's wonderful spirit will live on in the hearts of his family and friends and that he is in a higher state of spirituality now and looking after you all.

I am saying prayers for everyone involved in this tragedy - God Bless.
 
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