Zachary Aurada Memorial Gifting

Zachary Aurada Memorial Gifting

From Sarah Burkhalter

I'm not trying to raise money, but am just setting up an account for online donations at friend's and family requests for my son Zachary. The requested amount is arbitrary.

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Zachary's life was one of kindness and giving.  He was the kind of person who lived life to the fullest and was exceptionally sympathetic and empathetic.  I had the great privilege of bringing that child into this earth July 17, 1995, and I was there holding his hand when he left to go to his eternal home at 11:00 a.m., September 1, 2020.   We were all blessed by his existence and found ourselves profoundly and permanently changed.

This beautiful child's life was drastically altered when he became the victim of a violent and senseless crime in 2016.  He was shot by a complete stranger three times who was never brought to justice.  His heart and soul never healed though he tried really hard to make it happen.   Eventually, the pain and mental anguish he endured became too difficult for him to handle and I truly believe that he resigned himself to no longer be a burden to our family.   Medical staff were unable to determine a cause for his liver and kidney's to fail him.  He told us many times that he felt we would all be better off without him because he was so broken on the inside.  We know that his soul is now surrounded by love unending and insurmountable peace - a peace he hadn't felt a tiny fraction of for over 4 years.  Oh how we look forward to the day when we can see him again!

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