The Passing of Alexander the Great
June 15, 2008 by Travis Alexander
Growing up, I never really learned to be a good friend. I never had to. My best friends, Mike and David Hughes, my older brothers, were right across the hall from me…my entire life. If I wanted to hang out, I hung out with them. If I wanted to watch a movie, I watched it with them. If I wanted to play catch, go for a run, to the mall, or for a swim, I did it with them. I never had to learn how to reach out to someone who didn’t live across the hall from me. I never had to build friendships; real friendships. I missed out on that part of life, but didn’t know I was missing anything at that time. But the time came when the guys across the hall moved out leaving me alone for the first time in my life. That was 18 years ago. Since then, I have been awkwardly learning to be a true friend.
Other than my wife and the guys across the hall, Travis Alexander was the best friend I ever had. He was so patient with my amateur attempt at friendship. He loved me anyway. I loved him like a brother. He has been my brother for 7 years. And now… he’s gone.
I ONLY tell this story because so many have been calling many of us wanting to know the details. I just can’t tell it one more time. It is so hard. So here it is for the last time.
We were supposed to go to Cancun Mexico together. Pre-Paid Legal picked up the tab to send it’s top 400 leaders south of the border. Travis and I were on that list. We planned the trip for weeks. My wife and I went in a few days early and were eagerly awaiting his arrival. I found a great LDS Tour of Chichen Itza and Tulum, as well as an opportunity to swim with wale sharks, and kept calling Travis to see if he wanted to come with us. He never answered. I called several times only to have to leave a voice mail. I sent several texts, but never heard back from him. The deadline was swiftly approaching. If he was going to tour the ruins with us, I needed to hear from him pronto. So I called him again. This time, his voice mail was full. Now looking back, something deep inside me was crying out in that moment, but I wouldn’t hear it. I did however tell my wife that something was wrong. I told her his voice mail was full. I wanted to call the cops, but she suggested that we call a friend to go check on him. I didn’t know any of his current room mates, but I knew the name of a couple of his former roommates, so I texted Dave Hall, a mutual friend, to see if he could get me the number of one of Travis’s old room mates. This was the text I sent:
“Do you have any of the guys numbers who used to live with T-dawg (Travis)? His voice mail is full. He hasn’t returned any of our urgent phone calls, voice mails or texts???”
I sent that text June 9 at 10:53 pm Central Time. Five hours later, about 4 am, our hotel phone rang. My wife answered. I could only hear her side of the conversation…
Ok. Chris it’s Dave Hall calling about Travis.
Dave: Chris it’s Dave Hall. I hate to tell you this Chris. Chris Travis is dead.
I went numb. My soul cried out NOOOOOOOOO!
AZCentral.com said “He had trauma to his body and police are investigating it as a homicide.”
I can’t believe it. I just can’t believe it. My friend, my brother, my homie, my business partner is gone. Our friend, Travis Alexander has left this life, and we are left to mourn his tragic death. That’s the bad news. The good news is, he is with his Savior Jesus Christ. The pain of this life has ended for him. He has been wrapped in the robes of his Redeemer.
There never was, and there never will be another quite like him. He IS the most unique person I have ever known. I love you Travis.
Friends of Travis Get Together
Sky and I are opening up our home Wednesday night June 18, 2008 for our friends who knew Travis. Come any time after 5pm. Bring a finger food. We just want to hang out and be together and celebrate the one and only T-dawg!
Chris and Sky’s House 5pm, June 25, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008 - The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints, 3025 S Hawes Rd, Mesa, AZ 85212, 7:30 pm
Bring pictures of him either printed or on a CD and we will be collecting them to have them compiled all together into a history of Travis’ life.
Sunday Dress is strongly encouraged. (Shirts/Ties or Suits or Dresses for the ladies… something nice)
Riverside, California Funeral and Burial
Saturday, June 21, 2008 - The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints, 8660 44th St, Riverside, California 92509, 10:00 am
In the News
Anyone with information that could help investigators is urged to call the Mesa Police Department at 480-644-2211.