Shock and sadness greeted me last night as I logged in to Eve. This is a game I play as entertainment and for enjoyment, and it reached out and smacked me in the real world.
Someone in my extended gaming family was really gone and for no rational reason.While I did not know him personally, I recall flying in a few fleets with the person known as Vile Rat in Eve. Others such as The Mittani knew him much better and became real world friends.
I was not surprised when I learned that he worked for the State Department, considering gamers come from all walks of life, but I was surprised to hear that he had been killed.
As a gamer, I mourn with my gaming family the passing of Vile Rat, as an American, I thank him for his service in the real world, and as a human being, I pray for his family and the people he has left behind.
RIP Vile Rat.