Gabe and I were almost the exact same age, and although we competed in different regions, I followed his progress. After doing a quick search, I had no idea he ran 61:40 (!!!) for the half marathon. Major respect to him for what he accomplished as an athlete through hard work, and even more respect to him for the person he was.
I cannot imagine what his family is going through now. A person the same age as he and I took his own life recently in our town, and it has been a devastating blow to that family. It sounds like he has a wonderful, loving family and they will be in my thoughts and prayers.