BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) – A grieving dad is hoping the story of his son’s loss and traumatic last few hours can be a warning to us as parents of teens, and prevent another tragedy like the one his family is now enduring.
“Coming up on that one-year anniversary, it’s another day, that’s all it is, another day, but that day will be difficult, it will be hard,” says Brian Montgomery, a father whose life changed completely, and with no warning, one year ago.
“It was a normal day, there was nothing out of place, nothing out of line,” Montgomery says.
After an afternoon of hunting, Brian came in to eat dinner with his wife and three of their four children as they always did, caught up on their days, and a few hours later everyone went to bed ready to get up and head to school and work for another day.
But tragedy struck the next morning when Brian’s wife went to wake up their oldest son, 16-year-old Walker. ”At first she thought maybe he was playing a joke on her, he was laying on his bed,” Brian says of his wife’s reaction to finding Walker had taken his own life. “She called to him and he didn’t move. Then she walked and saw him – the best I can describe is chaos. That’s a scene I don’t really like to think back through. I do occasionally, but that instant – you can’t imagine. A lot of things are like a bad dream from that moment forward, nothing made sense.”
Brian says in the blur of trauma and grief consuming his family, Brian’s mind immediately turned to Walker’s phone – could the answers to what happened between bedtime and the next morning be on there?