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263 Comments

Kathleen
Mar 24, 2016 at 7:44 am

For some mystic reason, I am really missing AJ today……

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Anne
Nov 5, 2013 at 8:23 am

Thinking of you today AJ as Scattercat came on in my car this morning. Wish you were here.

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Kathleen
Jan 7, 2013 at 9:23 am

Happy BDAY Vince. I think of AJ and you alwys on Jan 2, and the special connection we have.
AND TO EVERY ONE OF AJ’S DEAR FRIENDS – A BIG HAPPY SPECIAL OUTPOURING OF LOVE AND THANKS FROM ME !!!!

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Kathleen Reply:

Ian just graduated from college!
AJ’s dream for Ian was for him to go to college.
All of the love and support you have all given to Ian over these years has been very important and absolutely has had an affect on our life stories.

It has been years since I have seen AJ, but feels like yesterday. Miss him all the time.
Here’s to AJ!!!

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Vince Reply:

Proud of Ian. He’s my man

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Vince
Jan 2, 2013 at 2:24 pm

Damn, eight years dude. I still miss ya :) RIP

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Kathleen Reply:

Hi Vince Happy BDAY – thinking of you always.

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Vince Reply:

Thanks!

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Micheal Vee
Jul 26, 2012 at 10:38 pm

So, on a return walk home from the store, worn out, in pain & just wanting to smoke a joint & drink my beer; I stumbled upon this park. Ive walked by it a couple times, tho’ it was late at night, and I never really saw it. Well, this day, as i was soooooo in need of a resting spot; I looked and saw this lone, solitary bench. Thinking this would be the perfect locale for my much needed break, I ambled over, and just as i was sitting down, I noted the memorial sign on the bench. I almost missed it, but did a mind bending double take, when I realized the name on the bench was none other than my old friend AJ Love. Yes, AJ…. I was moved, touched, and driven to tears as I sat there looking at the tribute. memories of a time long past, sitting in Studio 8, watching him just go to work on some project or another; flooded through me. I remained there for a very long time. It brought me a certain comfort I cannot explain. I miss this kat, and always have. He was such a generous, caring, gifted soul….
This marker of his memory is an awesome thing. The randomness of my stumbling upon it was amazing. I had no clue. It was in researching who had paid for the bench, I ran across this INCREDIBLE living memorial to who he was….
AJ….I Love You Bro….
In Peace;
Micheal Valentino
aka; DaKat in DaHat

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Vince Reply:

What an awesome story

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Micheal Vee Reply:

Thanks Vince. It is a moment I will never forget. One of those just plain TRULY awesome moments in life. AJ was suuuuucccchhhh a great man, and his legacy needs to be passed on!!!!
Ever Humbly;
Micheal Vee
aka: Da Kat in Da Hat

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Vince Reply:

Are you the same Michael who got wrapped up with that Marlo promoter lady?


 
Anne Hart
Feb 13, 2012 at 11:17 pm

Happy Birthday my dear friend AJ. Missing you always!
-Stanley

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Linda Racey
Feb 11, 2010 at 8:08 am

berkley poster
Valentines Day Feb 14th would have been AJ’s 42nd birthday. To keep his memory alive, the Howling Diablo’s, who played such a huge role in AJ’s life are having a Valentine’s Day Bear’s Den Reunion at the Berkley Front.

It will be at 8 pm – 12, since we all have to work on Monday. Lots of musicians and friends of AJ’s will be there to honor his memory.

Please come on up and enjoy the show.

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kirsten Reply:

Linda,
I found out about aj’s tree on facebook. I wish I would have known about this bears
den reunion. i would have REALLY loved to have gone to this. I don’t know if you remem
ber me, but we did meet once or twice. Aj was a good friend of mine too. I kindof fell off the map for awhile and I missed the funeral. thanks for creating this site. i was happy to donate to this wonderful cause!
Kirsten

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Kathleen
Feb 10, 2010 at 9:15 pm

So happy to catch up on the site. Ian and I are thinking about AJ a lot. We miss him so much. Ian is a sophomore at Northern Kentucky University. AJs really wanted for him to go to college. Love to all….

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Linda Racey Reply:

wish you and Ian can make it up for the 14th Diablo’s show. :)

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adelle
Jan 14, 2010 at 5:36 pm

just thinking of AJ alot lately. especially around my wedding anniversary which was yesterday anyway: The night before my wedding he & april spent the night at my mom & dads with me we laughed so hard all night and we had breakfast together the next morning thats when he gave me “the talk” about how to be a good wife. I’ll never forget you friend.

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Linda Racey
Jan 4, 2010 at 10:58 am

We are here on the 5 year anniversary of AJ (Ahmjed Abdullah’s) shocking death. Still, as if it were yesterday how time just flies by and we go on in our lives. The repetitive old adage “time heals”. While it may heal, our loss of this soul is never to be forgotten. Life goes on, but if AJ were here now we would all be a happy part if his life as well. His smile and humor, his talent and his fingers and hands always moving to the beat. There is no one like AJ and never will be. This website is maintained by AJ’s dear friend Dan who has kept this website up for 5 years and updates it whenever he can. If you have any thoughts or memories you wish to share, please add them to this journal.

AJ’s murderer, Terrance Moore, sits in prison the rest of his natural life. He still tries to appeal for his release. One day I will write him a letter to his cell and explain how he took a person of such great talent and magnitude as a human being from all of us. Whether he cares or not, does not matter, he will and has been punished.

May AJ rest in Peace forever and never be forgotten.

Feburary 14, 1968 – January 2, 2005
AJ Amjed Abdullah you are loved by all …

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vin Reply:

We should all write a letter to Paul Watson and ask him to not forget. There were others involved.

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Nina White
Jan 3, 2010 at 10:29 pm

To the man walking on clouds with the most stylish shoes…Your lust for love and life and your passion for music lives in us all. We miss you AJ, you will never be forgotten.

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Anne Silke
Jan 3, 2010 at 10:13 pm

Well, it’s the start of 2010 and of course just like every New Year, I think of my dear friend A.J. and the impact he had on so many of our lives. I am happy that this site is still alive to cherish great memories and thoughts of our beloved A.J. I love you and I am sure wherever you are, that you have your hot dog stand.

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jeff grand
Jun 9, 2009 at 4:50 pm

Tino just made me aware of this site yesterday and I would like to thank everyone involved. I think of AJ often and seeing all this has me crying all over again. I miss my funky brother and wish we could still be making music together. Peace and good fortune to all of AJ’s friends and lovers. Lets have another addition of the lovefest. Jeff

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Vince
Jun 1, 2009 at 11:47 am

Check out this video on the NEW Studio 8! Looks great in there!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfK8Zw5UuW4

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Vince
Jun 1, 2009 at 11:25 am

I just went through and shredded all of AJ’s documents that he left behind. Pretty sad. I bet the guys at Guitar Center really miss him! He was probably their best customer ever!

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Tino
May 31, 2009 at 1:10 am

While I was in the studio listening to some Diablos tracks from back in the day I started thinking about AJ, and how much I missed him. I’m definitely gonna put together some cool re mixes using his vocals and congas for everybody to listen to. God Bless ya little buddy, I know yer funkin out in a better place…PEACE

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Vince Reply:

This I would love to hear

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Anne Silke Reply:

I would love to hear this too. I am a little late on the reply but have you gotten anywhere yet Tino?

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Mark Wigand
May 29, 2009 at 3:45 pm

I silll miss AJ every day. He made the world a better place and he will always be missed!

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Nicole
May 17, 2009 at 1:56 am

I’m reminded of what a profound affect AJ had on me. Such a personable guy who was always good for a chat. Cousin Dan, thanks for introducing me to your good friend AJ. I hope that Ian is doing well, he’s got a strong mom to guide him.

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Rod Batayeh
Mar 22, 2009 at 10:16 am

Hey everybody, this is cousin Raed… just found this website…. AJ’s memory will always live within me. It’s beautiful to see the compassion AJ had for the human condition was returned tenfold. Linda- If you could email me your number I’d like to see how you are doing and catch up with you. (my email is rbatayeh@gmail.com)

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Linda Racey
Feb 20, 2009 at 6:35 pm

AJ would have turned 41 on Valentine’s day. I know we would have all been there to help him celebrate. His celebration would be his studio being utilized and keeping his musical spirit alive within those walls. To the new owner, wish you the best and thank you for keeping AJ’s dream alive.

When you feel the presence of AJ maybe while during a session smile and know AJ was an inventive, creative and truly talented passionate being.

Miss AJ so so much…Linda

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Jonny Beatz
Jan 11, 2009 at 6:35 pm

studio8
Hello everyone,
Though alot of you have never even heard of me, and no I didnt know AJ personally but I had heard of him and his studio being that I was up and coming in the Detroit music scene. My company (Airam Entertainment, LLC) has been tremendously blessed this year to have aquired the studio on 8 mile where AJ lived and tragically died. I came here to pay my respects and to humbly annouce the reopening of STUDIO 8! Our reopening of the studio will began with our “Studio Singers and Rappers contest” set for early Febuary. The contest is open to Singers and Rappers of all genres held at the studio (430 W 8 mile). The grand prize will be 20hours of studio time 10 hrs 2nd & 5 hrs 3rd. For more Info contact Studio8mile@aol.com or call 313-399-8961. You can also vist http://www.myspace.com/studio8online and request to be a friend. I pray that we honor AJ’s memory and make this studio the success that he knew it could be, and to all who miss him God Bless!!:-)

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Dan Ladouceur Reply:

I am the one that maintains this website and am so happy to know that this space is being utilized once again for the betterment of music in this wonderfully talented region. God bless you Jonny Beatz. May AJ’s spirit continue to inhabit us all and instill in each of us the true value of friendship, togetherness and the need to live each day to its fullest.

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Ahmad A Arish Reply:

I”m AJ Brother from jordan and I have a recordng studio From 20 Years contact me if you want

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Vince Reply:

I saw that they took down the sale sign out front. im glad that studio 8 is up and running again. you are the man!

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Linda
Oct 9, 2008 at 7:47 pm

Thanks Dan for keeping this website going…AJ miss you alot and will never forget you.
It is hard to go to places we used to frequent when you’re not there. Hope you’re looking down at all of our world suffering in these hard times, your smile is etched in all of us who knew you, wish i could see that smile now.

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Amy F Reply:

The infamous question that so many of us have been asked. If you could go back in time and change one thing or do one thing differently in your life what would that be? Four years ago today, I would have taken AJ up on the offer to play Euchre, but it would be at our house and we would have celebrated life. I cannot believe that another year has passed, and not one day goes by when he doesn’t cross my mind. AJ, I love and miss you always. You made such an impact on my life. I am grateful that this site is still here so that I can still see you tell that silly joke. I wish you were here my friend, to watch Super Troopers and eat roasted chestnuts. What a great New Years Eve that was. Tonight I toast to all of you, my soul brothers and sisters, and wish that 2009 bring you peace and happiness.

All of my love,
Amy

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Ap
Jun 25, 2008 at 10:56 am

Linda Racey can you send me your email address. Thanks, Ap (aprilnewyork@hotmail.com)

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Vince
Jun 1, 2008 at 12:41 pm

Whats up everyone? It’s good to see this page is still up!

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Linda Lexy Reply:

I’m with you, Vince !! I thought this page went away and it bummed me out. We still love and miss you, AJ!!

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Jan
Mar 29, 2008 at 12:43 pm

:-)

So wonderful to see Ian.

He looks great Kathleen :-)

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Jan
Mar 25, 2008 at 9:11 am

Keep it up AJ your making me smile :-)

I hope if this is your work you are right.

No one else could have pulled his off but you, Thanks so much.

Love to Kathleen and the boys

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Mark
Feb 29, 2008 at 3:39 am

Sorry I missed your birthday my brother. u r forever in my heart!

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Linda Racey
Feb 14, 2008 at 11:17 am

For those of you wondering what became of the studio, about three months ago I stopped there and saw it has been sold. It appears there is someone actually using the studio and I walked in the back up those stairs peered in the window, no one was occupying the apartment but there were curtains and a few boxes packed.

I remember the good times in that apartment and the studio and how AJ would be so excited to rush downstairs to start a new project. Do you ever wonder where AJ would have been career-wise now if he were alive? I believe something would have broke and he would have been in NY again and pursuing his music, it was in his blood we will never know his fate, wherever his soul is now he was a true musician, a true talent. The studio is always a reminder as all those who knew you pass by that building and you are always thought of. Any word about Ian? How is he?

You’re in our hearts AJ today. Happy Birthday you would have been 40 today. You’re extremely missed and never forgotten. May you be in a peaceful place. Never forget.

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Michael Reply:

Just to let you know, Ian is doing great. He’s attending his first year of college. Thanks to his friends in Detroit he’s driving around in his dad’s old Volvo.

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Mighty Whitey
Jan 3, 2008 at 5:07 pm

Thanks for the call Donald!
:-(

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Don Koleber
Jan 3, 2008 at 3:00 pm

Last night we drank a toast to our dear friend AJ. Time has not, and will not diminish our love for him. AJ was so many things to so many people. A creative spirit and a kind soul, he is very much alive in our hearts and minds.

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Linda Lexy
Sep 26, 2007 at 1:57 pm

Just wanted to let everyone know who wasn’t at the premiere for A Detroit Thing, that when AJ came on the screen the entire DIA erupted in cheers and shouts “AJ!!!!”. It was awesome.

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Vince Reply:

That was awesome!! It was so good to see AJ on the big screen. The place lit up!

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Kathleen
Sep 6, 2007 at 9:18 pm

Upside Down = Malooba :-)

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Kathleen
Sep 6, 2007 at 9:16 pm

Nice to see posts from everyone. Seems like I miss AJ more and more. Feels real lonely without him…..

I think they call the chicken cauliflower and rice dish, “Upside Down”. I think I have seen recipes on the internet for it.

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Linda Lexy
Sep 6, 2007 at 6:21 pm

Tino and I were just talking about AJ today. He never drifts far from our thoughts. There is so much stuff around this house with AJ in it, how could he?

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Vince
Sep 3, 2007 at 12:17 pm

Miss ya buddy

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Anne Hart
Sep 1, 2007 at 11:50 pm

Hi everyone, it’s been ages since I was on this site looking at all the videos. I am so grateful that it is still here. Just remember when you are down and having a hard time in life about all the wonderful friends you have met over the years and most of all remember how AJ went through life. I think we could all learn from him. Life is way to short not to. I miss you all since moving from the D. I haven’t been painting much but I know I need to. Bad bad bad! Everyone stay in touch. I will be back in November.

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linda
Aug 28, 2007 at 11:59 pm

First time I have been to the journal in a while. Wondering if anyone still visits here. We all go on in our daily lives stop and think how to cherish the people you love because they can be lost and gone forever, a sudden reality that the world is one less empty of a person who changes our lives. AJ you are missed, you are remembered always.

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to April: Reply:

How very nice of you to ask, you are always so thoughtful. No word on Ahmed whatsoever. it will be one year October 23, 2007. I am holding hope and keeping faith. I hope you are doing well and i will call you. We have both been through so much with men that we love and lost then so young, God bless them both.

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April Reply:

Linda is there any word on Ahmed??

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adelle
Jul 2, 2007 at 7:26 pm

Is Foule the yummy dish AJ made with chicken, califlower and rice? or the salad with mint ? I have cravings for thease Its funny to hear somebody else remembers..
I would love the recipes :-)

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Dan Reply:

Awesome ! Thanks 4 the link 2 the recipe !

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adelle Reply:

Thank You so much ! whoever you are? I will be making this dish for my parents who also loved and miss AJ …..

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USA Reply:

Foule Mudammas Recipe (bean dish): http://recipes.epicurean.com/recipe/17828/fava-bean-salad-(foule-mudammas).html

Mint Salad Recipe: cucumber, tomato, red onion (all finely chopepd), garlic, salt, pepper,lemon & fresh mint.

Maglooba (Upside down in arabic) This is the chicken dish you like that is topped off with the mint salad but I don’t have a recipe (rice, califlower, chicken, lemon allspice, salt).

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Nicole
Jun 14, 2007 at 1:08 am

Thanks for whipping up some awesome foule at Dan’s yellow house and for comforting me when I was down and we both had gone through some similar crap. You were a good listener and I appreciate the time you took just to chat. Those are moments that reflected the pure good in your soul.

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linda
May 28, 2007 at 4:10 pm

Today, Memorial Day … may not just represent our soldiers, but those we have loved and who are gone. My dear AJ and Ahmed, AJ your fate is known … Ahmed one of the 4 MIA’S in Iraq. Today has been the worst for me. The weather and sun shining bright but my former husband and best friend missing; kidnapped. We need to keep this site going as it is a dedication to AJ’s life and to never forget. This Thursday at Greenfield’s, Tim Diaz’s band will play at around 9-10 pm. A good time for us to gather again. Tim called me wanting to know what ever came of AJ’s studio. With all I have been going through I never checked into it. Does anyone know who purchased the building? The way AJ would have loved to see his legacy is to have his friends gather. Life is short, this website will be gone someday. If anyone has stories to recall or wants to drop a line, please do so. Happy Memorial Day.

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Kathleen
Apr 24, 2007 at 3:15 pm

Ian spent time with AJs friends over Spring Break. He had an amazingly fun time and I am glad he is making new happy memories in Detroit. I have been thinking about AJ a lot recently…Miss him.

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Linda Lexy
Feb 14, 2007 at 1:23 pm

Celebrating your birthday means being thankful you were here, AJ. It will always be sad that you’re gone, but you left a joyous song to be sung forever. Love, Lexy

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Linda
Feb 14, 2007 at 12:51 pm

Today you would have been 39 years old Happy Birthday your in my thoughts today AJ.
I woke up on your birthday and my mother’s birthday to a CNN report that an actual video of Ahmed proves he is still alive was aired today on the 14th, yet he is still in danger.
I know your spirit is looking out for Ahmed and his family after 115 days of his captivity.
Thank you for this birthday gift.
I will never forget you and the friend you were in my life and Ahmed’s.
Happy Birthdays I feel you’re in a better place. xxxxxx0000000 Linda

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Jan Reply:

I seen the news that night at 11 o’clock and thought “YES” what a “wonderful gift smack dab on AJ’s birthday”, this is a good sign.

:-) We had thought of AJ and his family during the day, happy that it had been a beautiful sunny day, with the extra gift of the children being off school.

We continue to say a prayers for Ahmed wishing for his continued strength and spirit. I truly believe that people who have passed on can and do watch over us. Keep the faith and a peaceful spirit.

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Linda Lexy Reply:

That is hopeful news about Ahmed, Linda. Keep the faith.

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Vince
Feb 10, 2007 at 5:02 pm

How do you spell baluk-luk?

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Kathleen
Jan 23, 2007 at 9:06 am

I thought my previous entry seemed real gloomy. Just wanted to add that we are not heartbroken all the time….and I bought Ian one of those big flat TVs for Xmas because AJ would have done that. He always spoiled him with expensive gadgets. I will try to post new pictures soon – I will get them scanned. I am feeling better these days and much happier than in the last 2 years. It is good to see the light again.

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Kathleen
Jan 23, 2007 at 9:01 am

Hello everyone. This Holiday season was our most difficult. I guess last year we were still focused on the trial, so this year AJs absence was really felt. Ian gets depressed – it causes him to sleep a lot. He gets real sad and he missed quite a bit of school. It’s hard to keep him focused. He does work and has lots of friends and some very close friends so that helps him. I know he has a lot more grieving in him….it takes a long time. I have to go now because I am starting to cry at work. Love you all.

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Jan Reply:

Hugs to you all, check you email :)

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AP
Jan 22, 2007 at 1:44 pm

Linda – Any word on Ahmed? Let us know. xoxo.

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linda Reply:

Hi April, Thanks for asking no word yet it has been 94 days. If he makes it out alive it will be a true miracle. He is believed to be alive. Lets talk soon April. Thanks and love you..Linda

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Amy
Jan 2, 2007 at 6:36 pm

Today is such a sad day. I can’t believe how fast these 2 yrs have gone by. There is never a day that I don’t think about AJ. I love him dearly and miss him terribly. When he was taken from us, I turned to this page so many times to try and get through all of the pain, agony, hurt and anger that I was feeling. However, lately I tried to block it out – the tragedy of it and what he must have gone through – so I avoided this page. Here I am again, looking for that same comfort that I found back then. Thank you all for your stories – because with every single one of them I think I can still hear him laugh.

xoxo
Amy

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Dan Hess Reply:

I can’t bare to think of AJ’s last moments here. I do think constantly of the great times we had, his smile, his jokes (and explanations), his aura. I miss him and love him every day.

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Linda Racey
Jan 2, 2007 at 2:19 pm

AJ remembering this day like it was yesterday. Wish you were here now more than ever, as our dear friend and my former husband Ahmed is still missing in the Army as of today day 71. Kidnapped.

Losing you both the two dearest men in my life who gave me the most laughs can’t be described in words.

I await Ahmed being found miraculously, your death, your life will never be forgotten, Habibi. If your spirit reads this please watch over all of us. Love youxxx

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Linda Lexy
Jan 2, 2007 at 11:58 am

Remembering you on this day, AJ.

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Dan
Dec 29, 2006 at 4:03 pm

aj pianoI added video from January 28, 2004 of AJ recording Kenny’s CD at St. Paul’s on the Lake in Gross Pointe Farms. I had just bought a new video camera and jumped at the opportunity to test it out at AJ’s recording session. A clip from this was used in Brancaleone Bros. “ashes to ashes”. This is the raw footage … it’s on the video page.

Happy New Year !

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Adelle Reply:

Wow ! What a Awesome Christmas Present !
THanks For sharing Dan !!!!
Adelle
Peace !!!! :)

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Kathleen & Ian
Dec 29, 2006 at 10:14 am

Hello everyone – I was just looking at all the pictures here. I was remembering the AJ LOVEFEST and what an amazing thing you all were able to create. It really was an awesome and fun event to remember AJ. Thanks everyone. We love you all.

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adelle
Dec 21, 2006 at 7:20 pm

Just Thinking of AJ during this Holiday Season. Its hard to believe its been almost 2 years since we lost our dear friend.
Merry Christmas !!!! and Happy News Years Wishes too !!!

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Linda Lexy Reply:

This will always be the time of year that AJ’s passing hits the hardest. In our home we’re used to celebrating January 2nd for Tino and Chutt’s birthday. Tino, Chutt and Vince will always have AJ now as part of the memory. Although we will always be sad for his passing, we must not forget that his life was a triumph. Happy New Year and bless you all.

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Jan
Nov 6, 2006 at 4:39 pm

I am not sure how everyone else is feeling but as I enjoy the sunshine today, I cannot help but think of where we all were last year at this time.

Kathleen, Ian, and Adrian, my heart goes out to you.

Dan and Vince I still think of how brave you both were and how broken hearted at the same time, the two of you showed us all how real men behave. I am still in awe.

To all of AJ’s family and friends, just know AJ will never be forgotten.

Every day the sun peeks out and is shining I am reminded of AJ.

Dan and I call them AJ days, I hope you all find the same comfort.

Peace everyone.

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Damon Warmack
Nov 3, 2006 at 1:42 pm

As a member of Scattercat, I’m proud to see AJ’s legacy lives on!

Be Good,
DLW

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Vince
Oct 30, 2006 at 4:38 pm

I just watched Ashes to Ashes for the first time since Lovefest. Man is it hard to watch. AJ you are missed.

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Linda Lexy Reply:

Hi Vince,
I’ve watched it a few times and had Tino watch with me once. It brings us both to tears. It is so beautifully done and it rips at your heart in the most profound way, but I think it’s important to remember all the good AJ left behind to carry on. Some of those memories are so personal to me, as I’m sure they are to everyone. So many moments relived. I’m glad that it exists and that Tony and Nick poured so much love into it. Love and blessings to all.

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Linda
Oct 26, 2006 at 9:09 pm

I am writing in this journal to ease my mind a bit here. I was introduced to Aj through my then husband Ahmed when we were all in our 20’s. Ahmed and Aj knew each other through their childhood back in Jordan and Middle East.I am now best friends with Ahmed as we remained for all these years. Ahmed joined the US Army as a translator. We keep in touch every week. He is in Iraq. If you have heard the news about an American Iraqi Translator who has been kidnapped and they are searching for him that is my Ahmed. Going through the death of AJ and now this tragic time is indescribable. It is beyond words as i sit here not knowing if he is alive, being tortured, or when he will be found. This is pain beyond belief. Ahmed was not present at AJ’s funeral because he was in training with the US Army at the time and felt so helpless. All I want it to have Aj here because he would comfort me during this time. Life is just getting harder. Ahmed was the same spirit as AJ and he is a good soul. Please pray for him as he was kidnapped on october 22 it has been four days of sheer hell. It is like reliving the time of hearing the news of Aj only I was married to this man and it is unknown about his whereabouts. He signed this journal. I pray and ask you to pray for his safe return.

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To Jan Reply:

Thank you for your kind words of support. You are a very loving woman and have a deep sense of truth and compassion. I appreciate you reaching out. No word yet it is going into day 77 losing count. I am instilling my faith for Ahmed’s miracle to be released from his kidnappers in Iraq, I will keep my hopes and no one can take those hopes away.
Love, Linda

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Jan Reply:

Linda,
Still praying for a miracle for Ahmed. Hoping you will post some good news soon.

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Jan Reply:

Linda,

Like others, I check the site from time to time, I am so sorry to hear this news. Ahmed’s family and friends must be beside themselves with worry. We will of course pray for him.

Remember we are born with a pure and peaceful spirit.

When you are feeling lost and overwhelmed, take the time to find your spirit center, look beyond your on earth’s experiences to deep within your being.

It is there, in our pure spirit center that the real gifts and miracles of life begin, it is there that you must wait for word on Ahmed.

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Linda Lexy Reply:

Linda,
I am so deeply sorry to hear about this. I believe I saw a story about him on CNN sometime back in regards to his role as a translator.I will pray for his safety and his return. Try to stay strong…your strongest thoughts are most needed now. God bless and watch over you. Lexy

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AP
Sep 11, 2006 at 1:42 pm

I have only written in the Journal once, several years ago. Today is a very difficult day for many. AJ and I are so-called survivors of 9-11. He was in Brooklyn that day and I was scheduled to be at a meeting in one of the World Trade Towers. Fortunately I decided to stay in Detroit longer. Unfortunately the person who filled in for me at the meeting was not so lucky. They never made it out because she and 12 others were trapped above the impact zone. I’ll never be rid of this guilt. Nor will I forget the moment I first spoke with AJ that day after trying to reach him by phone for hours. When I finally got through I discovered that he was still sleeping and had no idea what had happened. What a relief. I’ll never forget this day; my lost friends and AJ.

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Linda Lexy Reply:

Please don’t hold on to your survivors’ guilt, just live with purpose in the name of your friends and all the others. You are supposed to be here, so be here all the way. Peace.

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Kalimah
Sep 2, 2006 at 4:37 pm

Wow…what a wonderful way to remember such a beautiful and talented man. I never met Aj but I remember his tragic ending from watching the news. Today, I was with a real estate agent because I am looking to open a natural hair care salon and spiritual store with reiki and psychotherapy services and she took me to this studio. She tried for twenty minutes to open the front door but couldn’t…the lock was jammed that held the key to let us in. She tinkered with it for awhile and finally got it out but then could not open the front door so we went in the back. The first thing I noticed was the floor and the way it was painted, it was beautiful. The lights were out and it was pretty dark so we got a flashlight. As soon as I stepped into the studio part of the lower floor I jolted and said out loud, “This is the place where a musician was murdered” and we stood there silent for a few seconds. My partner and the agent began trying to recall the story as it was reported on the news. Our details were a bit jagged. However, I must say that I liked the space as soon as we got in there. When we went upstairs I liked it even more. I felt something there. The horrible killing of Aj made me sad today. When it was time to lock up a different lock (the one upstairs) jammed and it took us awhile to lock it. At last, I said to my partner who is very in tuned with spirit, “Ask him to let you lock it” I was speaking of this man whose name I did not know and she said, “How do you think it locked for me finally? I asked him.” My partner began to pray for this man and his family and those who love him. We went on to look at other properties but I kept thinking of this man I now know his name.

Soon as we got home I did a search and found this. I watched the film, I am heart broken.

I too am in the music business and have been for most of my life. I am a spoken word artist and I have a cd out. I was pleasantly surpirised to see Louis (keyboards) in one of the pictures…I used to take care of his dreadlocks. What a small world. I guess six degrees of separation is real.

I was wondering what some of you who knew Aj think about someone buying this space? If I were to buy it I would honor Aj and his famliy in some permanent way. But visiting this sight has me truly conflicted about it. Violence can impact all of us in such ways that are unimaginable. Here I am wanting and loving this space but needing to process what happened there in order to consider it seriously. That murderer has NO idea the impact. He is a coward…and violent music in our culture has got to stop!

Peace,
Kalimah

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Vince Reply:

There are a lot of people who’ve had a lot of good times in that building. If AJ’s ghost is hanging around there it is for a good purpose and not an evil one. Some ways you might know if the ghost of AJ still resides in the building….

-You can never get your spaghetti noodles cooked all of the way through
-When you turn Anita Baker on the radio, it automatically turns OFF
-When old Michael Jackson comes on the radio, it automatically turns ON
-You can not find your rolling papers even though you know where you put them
-You paint the interior all one color and the next day it turns back to 7 different colors
-You wake up every morning knowing exactly what you are going to do that day, like someone has been giving you friendly advise all night while you slept

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Dan Hess Reply:

Kalimah,

I also wish you success in bringing such a positive thing back to the place where SO MANY positive things happened every day! You may have to put up with the pranks, but AJ’s spirit is so generous and loving you will benefit from it there!

Dan

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Kathleen Reply:

I will call you soon about the AJs building. I had to stay there by myself one night – and I had no problems, only positive peaceful energy. I really miss the place. I would love to go and see it again. You can really feel AJ there because he did so much work on the place. By the way – I am AJs ex-wife and we have a son Ian. Ian is 16 – he spent a lot of time with AJ at his place.

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Kalimah Reply:

I appreciate this support so much and I am hopeful that I can get the financing to purchase. I am keeping my fingers crossed. In my process I will say that hearing from Aj’s loved ones is very helpful as I decide. This was a terrible loss and I am very sensitive to that. I am keeping it real and praying/trusting that things will happen as they should.

I will keep you all posted.
Kalimah

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Linda Lexy Reply:

P.S.
In this house we know that your problems with the door/key were the prankster work of AJ. He shows himself in that manner quite often….. ;-)

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Linda Lexy Reply:

Kalimah,
It was obviously no accident you were there. AJ may be gone in body, but will always remain in spirit. May you be truly blessed and prosper in that space. AJ’s murderer obviously could never take away the good that permeated it, all created by Amjed, his friends, his family and his talents. I am certainly another supporter of you having it. Totally fitting and of no suprise at all to me. God Bless. L.L.

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Kalimah Reply:

Thanks Jan…I appreciate your comments and support. I hope that God blesses me with the chance to make my dreams come true.

Peace.

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Jan Reply:

Kalimah, You say you are, looking to open a natural hair care salon and spiritual store with reiki and psychotherapy services.

Sounds like your a hard working gal, I think you will find all of AJ’s friends and family supportive of that and from what I know of AJ he would be very happy to see the space used for something so positive.

Also your idea to honor him is so generous. You know, positive spirits, honor positive spirits, but I bet you already know that.

;- );-)

Do not let what happened to end a beautiful life stop your determination to create a truly special place there again.

AJ created grew and prospered in the studio. His friends and family have many dear memories of living and loving in that space. AJ was a warm wonderfull and happy person.

I am sure his family would love to see the space a positive place again, I know I would. Good Luck to you! :-)

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Kalimah Reply:

I will email you today.

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Kalimah Reply:

I would like to speak with you. Thank you so much for responding. I read your journal entrys and I hoped that you would respond. Thanks for doing so. I have to admit, after I posted I continued to think about Aj and I was starting to feel real bad for even considering the purchase of this building. However, I thought I would wait to see what kind of response I would get. I also know that the only thing that I could do with this building is exactly what I said I would which is create a healing spiritual space. I also thought about maybe turning it into a music museum. I told my dj about what happened and he said, “You’re not talking about 430 West 8 mile are you?” I said yep and he went on four an hour about a record lable, techno music and the love that came from that space. He offered some good advice about it as well, but I am glad you are willing to talk to me about this. My number is 313-567-8235. Do you have a number I could reach you at?

I hope to hear from you soon,
Humbly,
Kalimah

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Linda Reply:

If you still want to talk please email me personally Lindyjray@aol.com I would be happy to speak with you on behalf of your trying to make a decision.

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Linda Reply:

Aj was my dearest friend we knew each other for many many years. If you want to email me my name is Linda, you sound like a person of deep spiritual belief and if this was meant for you to have as a thriving business and a safe haven to work and own then we as friends and family would bless you to do so. What a eloquent entry in our journal.

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Kevin Williams
Aug 4, 2006 at 10:06 pm

To AJ’s family, friends, lovers & fans,
As a result of violence, the world has one less smile. The world has one less friend. When will the violence end? Who will it be tomorrow? When will we wake up? Wake Up!!

AJ had so much more music to give the world, but we will never hear it because it was decided for him (through the barrel of a gun) that his purpose in this world was done. How much courage does it take to aim a gun and take someone’s life? It takes a desparately fearful, coward, a loser, one that refuses to accept responsibility for his own development, one that does nto have the heart to face the prospect of perservance, failure and the rejection that is inevitable in the music industry.

Terrence Terrell Moore killed Amjed Abdallah because he saw everything in AJ that he was not.

I am deterimed to write the final chapter of AJ’s life. I will write that chapter with sweat, tears and courage. I will give AJ all I have because in life, as a friend, he gave me all he had.

We have meaningless celebrations in the world for everything….except the greatest thing, LOVE! Let us get together to celebrate love and peace through artistry (musicians/singers). Let us in this process raise funds to assist organizations that promote peace and non-violence. Will we continue in our silent, selfish grief and let our brothers’ tragic, violent death be the end? Will we rise up and boldly fight for a living legacy in his name? The work we do today may save a loved one tomorrow. So where do you stand??? I am in the process of organizing the AJ International Love Festival ‘07. This will be a festival of love and peace where artists and lovers of music can get together and JAM!!

Although I only knew AJ for 4 years, he touched my life and I will forever be grateful.

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Dan Hess Reply:

Kevin, please keep us posted on the festival. AJ played with our band, Tim Diaz, and we would be very interested in being a part of that.

Dan

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Linda Reply:

Your spirit and determination to put together a ongoing tribute to AJ is a positive idea.It is a matter of bringing those together who want to reunite and fight the cause of violence through these “gangster rappers”or guns in general.I offer my support for anything you initiate to bring forth.Thank you :-)

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adelle Reply:

WOW! AMEN ! ;-)

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Linda Lexy
Jul 31, 2006 at 2:13 pm

This is a great AJ story I just GOTTA share with his friends and loved ones:
This weekend I worked as a beverage supervisor for the St. Clair Summerfest Hydroplane Races. I was there bustin’ my butt in the heat for 2 days. They had great entertainment playing on a huge barge in the river, including Jody Raffoul. As I was driving my golfcart delivering orders a woman handed me a promotional beer cozy for her company. I looked at it and noticed it said “AJ’S” in big letters on it. I thought that was awesome and that Tino would love it when I got home. That night I had a group of people jump in front of my cart screaming
my name and saying they loved me. It was Shakey, Amy and Anne. I told Tino this morning that I had a present for him and handed him the cozy. He saw the “AJ’s” lettering, said it was cool then pointed something out I hadn’t even noticed….under th letters in smaller print it said “Legends Never Die”. I was blown away. Tino said that he and Don Koleber were just sitting in our back yard talking about him. We both got chills and had to smile. We could hear AJ laughing. I wish I had gotten a case of those for everyone. The place is from Destin, Florida. I’m gonna see what I can find. Jeni suggested tee shirts…… ;-)

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Linda Lexy Reply:

I found the place online:
ajs-destin.com

They have a complete shop of AJ gear.Lots of cool stuff. I also thought it was appropriate that it is a seafood and oyster bar since AJ loved to hang at Tom’s. ;-)

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Gayelynn Mckinney
Jul 16, 2006 at 2:08 pm

Hi everybody!
I just wanted to let you know that my CD party is July 28Th at the SereNgeti Gallaries.The address is, 2757 Grand River. It is right before the Motor City Casino If you are coming south on 75. If you take the lodge to Grand River it is after the Motor City Casino, across form the BP gas station. Doors open at 7:30pm. The cover is $10.00.
How is AJ’s son doing?? I miss AJ a whole lot. I know he would have been at my party celebrating with me. I know he will be there in spirit, along with my dad and my uncle, with a big kackatoon. If you don’t know what that is, write me and I will tell you! ;-)
In the mean time,
PEACE LOVE & HAPPENESS TO YA ALWAYS!
Gayelynn :-)

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Kalimah Reply:

What’s a Kackatoon?

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Linda Lexy Reply:

Hi Gayelynn !!
The SereNgeti will undoubtably be filled with spirits that support you! If we don’t go up north that weekend, I would love to come to your show. Keep it rockin’, sista !! Peace. L.L.

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Linda Lexy
Jul 5, 2006 at 4:50 pm

Just wanted to share a funny story….I was at Jeni Andrews’ house a couple days ago and noticed she had an old Diablos photo out that was taken when they played for Jewelheart( a Buddhist fundraiser) quite a while back. There was a famous Dali in the picture, and AJ was wearing his” famous-phrase” tee shirt, as usual. Out of respect for the Dali, AJ thought he’d cover the offensive words for the photo. I laughed my butt off because he covered the words, ” Your Self”. You all know what was left exposed. hahaha God bless Amjed Abdullah.

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Linda Lexy Reply:

I’ll see if Jeni will let me borrow it for a day. ;-)

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Dan Reply:

That’s great ! can you scan it … I could post on the site !

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Linda Racey
Jul 2, 2006 at 10:59 am

Jan,
Thank you for journalizing your thoughts we all felt the same, you wrote so eloquently.
July 4th one weekend AJ, me and April went down to Shane Park to see James Brown
I remember that memory as it was a sunny day looking at the river and we were singing,dancing and having fun as friends do amongst each other.
Life has never been the same since the shock of all this. I have developed so much anxiety and depression often I can’t drive by his old studio.
I feel Aj’s presence from time to time and my ex husband who is in touch with his family speaks with them in Jordan they are doing well these days. Sometimes I feel like I see “13″ somewhere I will never forget his face and his empty looking eyes. I pray for him to find his soul while spending his natural life behind bars.

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Jan Reply:

Linda, Remember to live life, find your way back and make your mark in a positive way, it is here for us to enjoy. There is nothing we can do about what has already happened, but we can do everything about the future. Wishing you well. Jan

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Linda Lexy
Jun 28, 2006 at 12:52 pm

Hi Linda,
I still pop in here every day. I think those of us who attended the trial shared something none of us will ever forget and we will be forever bonded because of it. I recently found a picture of AJ and me from 2000 hugging each other so tight with big grins on our faces. Tino looked at it and said “Awwww…look at that! Keep that one out, Lexy” I hope Ian is doing well. I have no idea where Rodney is, but felt terrible about his tragedies. Much love to everyone.

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Linda Lexy Reply:

Jan….you ARE blessed. Sounds like you have the right summer plan in action. I’ve been enjoying alot of live music and outdoor events and spinning tunes for the people of Detroit. I am blessed, too. All the best to you and yours. XO

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Jan Reply:

Linda, I am not on line much this summer, we are spending too much time enjoying the beautiful weather, also the sunrise and sunsets on the water.

I feel blessed. Take care. XOXO

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Linda Lexy Reply:

Jan,
You captured it so well and took me right back into that courtroom. You gave me a chill with tears in my eyes. We will never forget. Thank you for sharing. XO

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Jan Reply:

Linda,
I check in from time to time and think of you all. Below is a bit of my notes from the trial, your comment made think of them. I hope to see you thisfall, I have something for you, Jeff and Vince, in time I will get them to you all. Until then have a great summer. Take Care, Jan

I sit here broken hearted, among the other broken hearted spirits in this room, the pain is almost unbearable. We are watching as every second unfolds, every breath taken we feel, every word spoken we hear, we miss nothing. An evil force sits upon a chair. Can he feel our pain? Can he even relate? What monster could be capable of such a thing. He sits among us. The bastard.

A golf ball sits in my throat, tears well and I find my center, trying to be strong for Kathleen for Ian for AJ. I can do this I can see it thru, every excruciating detail, this will change my life, this will change the life of every person here. I will no longer look at life thru the same eyes. I have never hoped ill will on anyone. I hope he rots in hell.

I am moved to a better place every day that the trial unfolds, justice will be served, AJ has to be so proud of his family, his friends, the strength in this room is a powerfull force. The love for AJ and his family is obvious and strong, the Jury can feel it too. The trial is going well. Paul and George are working well together. I am proud to be here. Proud to have helped. We will all be stronger when we leave here, it may take some time but it will happen, it will be like a sacred bond, a feeling like no other, AJ has given us all a gift. I will cherish life, I will breath in deep and know I am forever changed. May everyone here be blessed, may their lives be full and joyful, may we all hang on to what we know is good and true.

Only one day to go it looks like, this is grueling, everyone is very anxious now. .

Ok, this is it, now we wait, keeping my fingers crossed, Please, Please, Pleaseâ€_â€_let them do the right thing. They need to do the right thing, I can see it ending no other way at this point. I will be absolutely crushed if they don’t convict him. The strength of the people here is incredible, the jury has to see that, they have to feel it. It is not lost in silence. We are all being so good. We all want to yell out BASTARD! But our strength to be strong and let this play out is solid. We are told to keep it tight and we do. Fair trial. No reason to doubt that, it has been fair and it has been done right. That’s a good thing.

YES! And in such a short time too, Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. And now we breath again.

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Linda
Jun 16, 2006 at 8:19 pm

Hey thanks Dan for keeping this site afloat. Wondering if anyone is ever here to check it out still. If there is anyone reading this who may know Rodney (he is a drummer and played at the Lovefest) and knows how to get ahold of him please comment back.

Rodney was a very close friend of AJ’s and a tragic event happened in his life in April. Something as tragic as what happened to AJ. A few of us are trying to find him to offer our condolences and support. Rodney was associated with Emad and his father (Nasri) said a speech at the Lovefest. Hope everyone is doing well.

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Adelle Reply:

I would like to offer my Love and Support to Rodney I read in the newspaper about the horrible tragedy Where are you my funky Brother ? Are you ok?

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Vince
Mar 29, 2006 at 10:27 am

It really would be nice to see all of AJ’s friends together again. Party? I hope that you all are doing well and are shaking off the winter blues.

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Amy F Reply:

Great idea guys! Summer is fast approaching and I say we do like a bonfire/barbeque sort of thing. AJ looked forward to us getting together. But this time I say we forget about barbequing peaches:) Love and miss you all so much!

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Anne Reply:

I agree folks!! Whenever all of us get together we have a blast talking about AJ and life in general!! We all need to get together more often–I saw a lot of you out for AJ’s birthday and that was a lot of fun!! Everyone is busy I know but let’s all make the time!

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Linda Reply:

Who’s having the party? Lets do it in honor of AJ. :-)

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Dan Hess
Feb 15, 2006 at 12:41 pm

AJ, we celebrated your birthday last night with Shakey and the Reefermen at Fifth Avenue and all was good except that you were not physically with us. As they funked up a Sly Stone tune, I could think of nothing but you, my friend. I will always love you and miss you.

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Don Koleber
Feb 14, 2006 at 7:34 pm

AJ, my good friend, I still think of you everyday, but this past week has been exceedingly difficult. Happy Birthday my funky brotha.

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Greg Dilone' Reply:

From my heart I have faith AJ’s spirit is amongst us all. I wish Kathleen and Eian strenghth and Good Blessings always and especially now with Kathleen’s Father.If you guys need to talk I’m here always. God Bless. AJ, I’m carrying on your dream on percussions for people to share in,I remember our sessions and conversations together. I know I have your approoval. I’m playin because of you, I would trade not playing this way to have you back hobbibi.

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Kathleen
Feb 14, 2006 at 1:53 pm

Today is AJs Birthday. He would be 38. I always thought it was nice that his bday was on Valentine’s Day. My father died suddenly last Friday and the funeral is tomorrow. Of course that reminds me of all we experienced last year. I am thinking of all my friends in Detroit area, and AJ especially. Love you guys.

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lana Reply:

Hi Kathleen …

good day to you dear this is lana from jordan maybe you dont know me dear but aj is my mam brother so he is my uncle first of all am sorry to hear about your father, and plz if u need any thing just send me dear as am here like ur sister and plz say hi to ian and tell him that am always sending him messages but no reply from him dear .

All my love
Lana

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Vince Reply:

K, very sorry to hear about your Dad. Please give Ian my regards. Give a brother a call sometime….

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Linda Lexy Reply:

Kathleen,
Our condolences to you as well. I lost the woman who was like a second mother to me suddenly over the holidays. She was the world’s greatest Grandma to my girls. My heart is still broken. Tino and I spent Valentine’s Day at home, drinking wine and talking about the good old days…and especially AJ. We toasted his birth and told him we will always miss him. So many great memories. We cried and laughed. I posted a bulletin to him on MySpace and recieved several messages from people that thanked me for letting them know and saying how much they loved and miss him. Our best to you and the boys. Hope to see you back in Detroit for a visit soon. I think of you guys often.
Love, Lexy

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Amy F Reply:

Kathleen -

I am so sorry to hear about your dad. Hang in there sweetie, and know that we are here for you if you need anything at all. Tell Ian and Adrian that I love them both.

I couldn’t help but think of AJ from the moment I woke up today. I have had such mixed emotions today. Happy when I think of all our great memories, angry cause he was taken from us in such an inhumane way, and sad because of how horribly I miss him. I keep waiting for the pain to dull, but it feels like it never will.

Happy Valentines Day to all of you, especially the birthday boy.

All my love,
Amy

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Linda
Feb 4, 2006 at 12:36 pm

Dear AJ,
If from above you could read this entry, I will not forget the last thing you said to me on New Year’s Day, you said “Everything will be ok and not to worry”. Because of you, somehow it turned out ok for me. Thank you.

Once again, you watched over me. I wish I could have protected you from evil. It is such a gloomy day today I can’t help but feel such pain as knowing just your voice would have made me feel better. It never seems to get better without you, no one will ever compare to what friendship we shared for all those years. God bless your soul. I love you. Linda

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Amy F
Jan 19, 2006 at 7:21 pm

AJ I miss you so much! Everyday that passes, I can’t stop thinking about how I wish you were still here.

I had another dream last night, and it is always so real to me. Just hangin out nothing special, but the feeling that I had I haven’t felt in so long. It was like everything was how it should be. I know we will all see you again, but time has yet to heal these wounds.

I love you forever my friend.

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Linda
Jan 2, 2006 at 10:08 pm

What a dreadful night it was a year ago tonight. Strange how AJ’s closest friends all have their birthdays today. Happy Birthday to you all and a Happy New Year to everyone. I love and miss you AJ so, so much … You will never ever be forgotten. Your spirit is in us all for the rest of our lives. Tomorrow when we go to the studio, sadness will not take over only happiness of having you as part of our lives. Rest peacefully little buddy.

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Nicole
Jan 2, 2006 at 7:39 pm

Dear Friends of AJ,

I encourage you to write thank you letters to Paul Walton, Detective Hartley and any others who were involved in the investigation and trial. The prosecution team handled the case so well and with an incredible sensitivity and respect. I am still emotional about the loss of one amazing dude on this earth that I met through my cousin Dan, and know it must be so profound for y’all who were so close to him. Keep loving each other and keep playing music. I respect you all so much for your loving spirits. Nicole

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Linda Lexy Reply:

Nicole,
I completely agree with you in regard to the exemplary work by the prosecuter’s office and Ferndale Police deptartment. I know we all thanked them emphatically at the sentencing, but we will see them again. Hopefully soon.;-)

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Linda Lexy
Jan 2, 2006 at 11:38 am

AJ…today marks one year since the day that profoundly changed us all. It also happens to be the birthday of several of your close friends. Company you always loved to be included in. Tonite we will all be together. As we joyfully celebrate the lives of Tino, Vince, Chutt and Shakey, we will also celebrate the life and memories of you. You will be there, brightening up the room. We love and miss you.

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mark w
Jan 2, 2006 at 5:22 am

Peace and Love to all of AJ’s friends.

I will always love you funky daddy.

mark

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Jan
Dec 20, 2005 at 11:13 am

I believe in loving spirits.
Many of the friends and loved ones of Aj feel the same, we have said this openly to each other in a knowing way. Aj has a beautiful spirit that he is sharing with everyone. . .so many have expressed feeling it.

Kathleen, Ian and Adrian,
May Aj’s spirit always surround you with beauty and leave you with peace in your hearts.

Please know that you can call on anyone of us at anytime and we will be there for you.

Enjoy the holidays everyone. Peace on earth! May your blessings be many.

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Dan Hess
Dec 20, 2005 at 12:30 am

It has been hard for me to post until now. I finally was able to read through this journal and all of the powerful things written here.

I want to say that I feel that I have been doubley blessed: Once to have had the chance to know and love AJ, and again to get to know those who were also a part of his life.

The first trial was such a powerful experience. There was so much energy in the room. At the end of each day, I was so exhausted from what I can only explain as a complete emotional drain. It hurt even more to feel the shared loss of everyone, especially Ian and Kathleen.

These past weeks have been thicker and thicker with AJ’s presence. We were together so much between Thanksgiving and that last night on New Year’s and there are so many simple and great memories.

I miss AJ. I miss his hugs and the way he made you feel like you were so special. I miss looking over on stage and getting that smile back, or sharing those musical moments that were so strong. I miss late night pizza at Como’s and AJ’s bitching about how hungry he was. I miss all of the moments that will never be and most of all the chance to share AJ’s friendship forever.

With the first trial behind us, there was some brief release but nothing close to closure. I am really hoping to share in another celebration of AJ at the next LoveFest, so let’s make that happen.

AJ, I love you and I know that you are watching over all of us. You have so much positive energy to go around and we all feel that. I can’t tell you how lucky I feel to have spent that last night with you. It is truly my honor and I will never forget that.

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Linda Lexy
Dec 13, 2005 at 11:59 am

While nothing can ever bring AJ back in the physical sense, justice was served today and a cold blooded murderer will never see the light of day again. Kathleen, your words were healing, truthful, beautiful and well spoken. Bless Judge Warren, Paul Walton and Detective Hartley for seeing this thru and seeing through AJ’s killers. I wish them strength and continued success in thier efforts to see that everyone involved pays the consequence of thier acts of extreme cowardice. We will always miss you, AJ. You will never be forgotten.

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Dan Reply:

Couldn’t have said it better myself.

Thanks for being there today.

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Vince Reply:

Linda, right on!

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Kathleen
Dec 12, 2005 at 9:24 am

Ian and Adrian and I are about to leave soon. I confirmed with Oakland Cty Office that it is still scheduled for tomorrow 8:30 am.

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adelle
Dec 8, 2005 at 6:29 pm

I MISS AJ!!!!!!!:-(

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Linda Racey
Dec 6, 2005 at 11:37 am

I know I am here alot writing in this journal. Please understand, with the holidays approaching, it is a very hard time and the 1-year anniversary of AJ’s death. I just watched some of the video from the candlelight vigil and it was as if it were yesterday. Please, if everyone reading this could find a way to attend the December 13th sentencing of Terrence Moore, it will be very encouraged to do so. There will be media there and it will give us perhaps some type of closure on this tragedy. Even if you have not been able to bring yourself to the court proceedings until now, the 13th is a very significant date.

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Adelle Reply:

My Mom was thinking about going she really loved AJ. She said to me She would like to go to the sentencing and Give “13″ “THE FINGER” . Which I thought was funny because That’s what AJ always did ! Does anybody get that? My Mom did not know why she even said that. Because nobody gives “THE FINGER ” anymore, But AJ always did….. :-)

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Linda Lexy Reply:

You are right, Linda. It is important that everyone come for the sentencing of Terrence Moore. It matters. In unity we show that AJ’s life counted. 13 didn’t think so. He was wrong.

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Linda Racey
Dec 1, 2005 at 1:23 pm

NEW DATE*****
For sentencing of Terrance Moore is on December 13th at 8:30 am.
How ironic, the 13th, it will match his tattooed forehead (13). Thank you.

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Jan Reply:

Thank You Linda, You saved a few of us a useless drive today. Much Appreciated! :-)

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Linda Racey
Nov 30, 2005 at 9:24 am

PLEASE NOTE ***********
The sentencing of Terrence Moore has been postponed for tomorrow December 1st, 2005. A new date will be given. As soon as I am notified through the prosecutor’s office, I will post it here to give everyone enough advance notice. If you have any questions, please feel free to call me
(248) 865-8888
Thank you! Linda

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Linda Racey
Nov 18, 2005 at 10:37 am

Well a tedious trial is past and December 1st will be the sentencing of Terrence Moore. He will never see the light of day again and his life and existence will soon be forgotten. AJ, however, will never be forgotten. We were talking about another AJ Lovefest around Feb.14th at the Magic Bag next year. It keeps us all in touch and pays tribute to AJ. If anyone is able once again to contribute time into forming this annual event, please contact this website with your current email address or number and one of us will get back with you. This event at the Magic Bag would not be so much in terms of donations it would be more about unity and bringing back the memory of AJ and his music. A time for reflecting over the last year of what we have all gone through. Happy Holidays.
Peace and Love :-)

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Leah Janish Reply:

I would like to help out Linda. Feel free to contact me and let me know what I can do.

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Mark Wigand
Nov 10, 2005 at 1:30 pm

God Bless all our friends that were able to be present at the courthouse. Hopefully this will help provide closure to those who may need it.
I see and feel the impact that AJ had on our lives more and more every day.

I feel so proud and blessed to have had AJ as my friend.

Spread peace, love and compassion around like AJ taught us to.

Sometimes all it takes is sharing a smile with someone who needs one. :)

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Linda Lexy
Nov 9, 2005 at 8:24 am

To all who attended the trial, I applaud your support and bravery. This was one of the most difficult things I’ve ever encountered. Justice was served. Nothing can bring AJ back to us physically, but his spirit will always remain. For those who couldn’t attend, but were there in spirit… we felt you. There was so much love and pain in the room and that is testimony to AJ and the permanent mark he made on all of us. To Ian….you are such an impressive young man. I know your Dad is so proud of you. We all have your back in life. May we all continue our journey in life on the wings of all those we have lost. On November 7th after the darkest moments were revealed, the sun shone brightly. AJ’s smile. Love and peace to all.

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Dan Ladouceur
Nov 2, 2005 at 10:33 pm

For those of you who have this page bookmarked, please visit the homepage (click on “AJLOVEST” above to go there) for current information on the trial of AJ’s killer, which started on Tuesday, November 1st.

Thanks to all who attended on this difficult first day and we encourage a continued show of support throughout the remainder of the trial.

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adelle
Oct 27, 2005 at 1:20 pm

May you find Strength, Courage, and Acceptance during this Trial.

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Kathleen Hurley
Oct 3, 2005 at 1:48 pm

I have 2 confirmations that the trial date has been moved to start week of Oct. 31. The 31st is jury selection and a hearing. Trial actually starts the next day.

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A friend
Sep 15, 2005 at 9:19 pm

I would like to know if anyone would know what has happened to the home AJ once lived in on Eight Mile Rd. :-(

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adelle Reply:

Privacy respected ! Just curious … :)

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Hello Reply:

You are assuming all posts are the same person, they are not.

Keep in mind that many people understand the internet is not a safe place to post personal information. Afterall, anyone, anytime with a computer has access to it.

This is the real world.

Some friends wish to protect themselves, AJ had a wide circle of friends.

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adelle Reply:

i would like to know who you are. :)

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Linda Reply:

If there is a problem identifying yourself and writing in as “a friend” it makes us uncomfortable to answer your questions or accept your suggestions. What is so secretive about who you are? I am a dear friend of AJ’s and to protect him still I would like to know who you are as well as others who have asked.

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Linda Racey
Sep 3, 2005 at 9:11 pm

A Pre-Trial for Terrance Moore will be held on Thursday, September 8th at 1:00 pm in front of Judge Warren. The court is located in Pontiac at 1200 N. Telegraph Rd. Please remember that the actual trial will begin on Monday, October 10th at 8:30 am.

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JP Frappier
Sep 1, 2005 at 2:38 pm

I was unable to make it home to say goodbye to AJ due to road dates, but when I got home I was thrilled to see that The MuziK Mafia had planned a tribute night here in nashville even though they had only met him once. That was the night a bus load of guys came down from Detroit to the Mercy lounge and we jammed all night. That was the last time I saw AJ.

Peace

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Linda Racey
Aug 31, 2005 at 2:27 pm

After reading Amy’s entry it triggered a dream I had not too long ago about A.J. The dream was during those wee waking hours and the person lying next to me said I woke up laughing out loud. A group of girls were at a really seedy dark bar sitting having drinks and I went to use the bathroom. I walked down a very dark hallway and right by the payphone a light was shining, a very bright sunfilled light, and there was A.J. He emerged from above. He was dressed in a thin cotton white shirt that looked like a traditional Arabic “dasha”. He had on jeans and was smiling. Meanwhile, the girls I was with were all sitting in this bar waiting for a psychic to arrive. The psychic was to give us all private readings and contact spirits from the other side. I remember saying to A.J. what we were all doing there. He said “Oh come on, don’t waste your time with a bullshit psychic. I can tell you anything you need to know … about life on this side.” I felt a tear trickle down and A.J. assured me to let everyone know he is so happy and is fully enjoying his new existence. He was smiling and looked radiant. The light emanating from him was almost blinding. He was above me floating and very tall in stature looking down. The dream made me feel death can be a beautiful thing too and not to fear it. He looked so happy and his presence felt so real. At the end of the dream he said ‘Tell that psychic to get lost and enjoy the music and friends instead….” I laughed as he pinched my cheek and said an Arabic expression to me (a smart ass one that is) and he stayed smiling and full of life and vanished. I woke up feeling so exuberated and felt his presence strongly. It created a sense of peace for me since, although I miss him dearly, I know we all will see him and each other someday again. He is in heaven, he is blessed. He was such a warm dear person in life and still in death.
:-)

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Amy F
Aug 30, 2005 at 5:20 pm

I had the best dream about AJ last night, and I haven’t been able to get it off my mind since. Jeff and I were at some huge party, and everyone and I mean everyone was there. AJ shows up out of nowhere, and grabs me and we were swinging around dancin like a couple of fools for what seemed like forever. He had the same great smile, and crazy laugh as always. I miss him so much, but I feel blessed to have had a dream that felt so real. Just as if we partied last night.

I love you Aj…thanks for the dance!

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Amy F Reply:

Hey Lexy – I just noticed that these boxes have comments at the bottom, and so I just got this post. It was such a beautifully, silly dream and there are so many nights that go by that I pray that AJ will visit me again in my dreams. I still can’t believe that he is gone. It makes me so happy to hear that you dream about him too. I wouldn’t doubt if all of us have been touched by AJ in a dream. Give us a call sometime, Jeff and I would love to have a night out with you and Tino.

Much love right back at you sweetheart!

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Linda Lexy Reply:

Hi Amy !
I had a cool dream with AJ some time back….Tino and I were at some outdoor festival. Somehow we got separated and I saw him sitting on bleachers with AJ, waiting to hear some live music. I sat about 2 rows behind them, by myself, and then Ian came and sat next to me. I put my arm around him and he put his head on my shoulder. AJ turned around and smiled big at me and winked. I smiled and winked back. I woke up feeling so much better, as though he and I had communicated. We did. He danced with you last night because he wanted to. That’s what you are to him. ;) Love to you and Shakey.

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adelle Reply:

Amy ,
Thats really cool. I cherish the fond memories of AJ “back in the day” but now I call them “FLASHBACKS” anyway how awesome to be blessed with that vision !
:)

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Mark Wigand
Aug 29, 2005 at 1:35 pm

Peace and Love !

That’s the message folks.. spread it! I know we all love and miss AJ and we will never forget him. AJ was a regular at my Woodward Dream Cruise BBQ and it was not the same without him there physically.. but we still laughed and joked in his absence…

I feel like AJ is always with me and that is truly a blessing.

Remember PEACE and LOVE folks!

Mark

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A friend
Aug 16, 2005 at 12:13 pm

Aj was a person that was one of the nicest people I will ever have the fortune to have met.

I will never forget Aj, the sweetness in his eyes, the touch of his hand and the smile that was always there, even watching him bob his head while he played in the zone.

Like many of his friends I still feel his strong spirit and am still shedding too many tears for this tragic loss.

I am VERY concerned that All responsible will not be held accountable in the end for his death.

This would be a tradgedy.

This is why I have asked for prayers for Aj and his family and friends and those involved in the process of prosecution.

Keep the light on this for Aj, the trial will be hard, the pictures at the trial will be graphic and not the Aj we know or want to remember.

Be there, and bring a picture of Aj with you to look at, or have someone pass them out please.

I feel that we the friends and family may feel that there is more work to be done even after this trial, will it be too late to shed the light on it then?

Will we have missed the moment?

I have no resources to help with media or attention, but you all, his friends do.

As far as I know there is still only 1 man in custody. Is that ok with you all?

It is not ok with me. Keep the pressure on.

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A friend Reply:

:( It is still not ok with me, I want them all held accountable for what they did.

It breaks my heart every day that they walk free and I pray that some day, some how, they are held accountable. The DNA does not lie, if only Terrance would tell one truth in his life.

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Adelle Reply:

I’m not sure exactly what you mean when you mention the suggestion of there being more than one person responsible for AJs murder ?!?!, But I will keep him and his family in my thoughts and prayers during this trial that will make every person in that courtroom remember and relive clearly again the horrible tragic murder of our dear friend. I think about aj everyday and how I never got one more chance to see him or talk to him….God Bless !!!

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Lana
Aug 15, 2005 at 12:55 am

I can’t believe he’s gone…What an honor it was to sing James Brown with AJ for four hours down to Cincinnati! He was the best smiler ever!!! I’ll be reminded how to stay simple and good. Good bye

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adelle
Aug 10, 2005 at 4:56 pm

I’ll be sure to keep Aj & The trial in my thoughts and prayers … Hey does anybody know how to contact Rodney? :-
If anyone happens to run into him or talk to him please let him know that I am trying to get in touch with him THANKS!!!

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A friend
Aug 4, 2005 at 6:55 am

I have a simple request:

Please Pray for AJ and his family and friends that JUSTICE is served to ALL who are responsible for his murder.

There is POWER in SPIRIT and PRAYER no matter what your beliefs are.

ALL persons involved MUST be brought to JUSTICE.

I would also like to suggest an acoustic, Gathering of Spirit for AJ be held on SUNDAY OCTOBER 2, 2005, before the trial begins to support those who love AJ, his family, and friends and those who work for the justice system that true JUSTICE will be served in their behalf.

This would also shed light on the upcoming trial and give people that wanted to attend in support a reminder with time to clear their schedules.

Does anyone else think this would be a good idea?

If so here’s the ball there is time to get it rolling, someone out there may know of a good place to gather, until then I will continue to keep praying and believing that the only justice we can hope for CAN and WILL be served.

Where there is great love there can always be miracles.
11:11

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adelle Reply:

are these numbers from the good book?

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a Friend Reply:

It was left just for you and your Dad, I knew when you read this you would wonder if it was me, so it was my sign to you to let you know it is ok.

My heart is still filled with just how we will all make it through this especially during trial time, spiritual support is a wonderfull thing, I believe in miracles, I keep praying that we will get one. Love You my friend!

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another friend Reply:

11:11
I’m always seeing those numbers on clocks. Along with 1:11, 3:33, 4:44.
What does it mean to your post?

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a Friend Reply:

For my protection I can not say, but this I will tell you all, I wish for you all the comfort of your friendship and love to get you through the trial.

I am a friend and have already seen images I cannot erase, I suggest you all bring a beautiful picture of Aj with you and look at that during the trial.

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a Friend Reply:

Hi,
read your post,a nice idea but who are you? I have ideas of where this gathering could take place

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Dan Ladouceur
Jul 21, 2005 at 9:56 pm

Hopefully, this new guestbook will keep those pesky spammers away! There is a new feature with this version that lets you add comments to a friend’s entry. So, instead of posting a whole new entry to respond to someone’s post, just click on “Add comment” at the bottom of the post you want to comment on. There is also an option for adding a picture (up to 200 pixels x 200 pixels) with your post, so feel free to post your favorite photos of our dear friend (or yourself).

I miss hanging with AJ so much, like I know all of you do, too. But, all of the tributes on this website really prove what a huge positive impact he had on so many lives. – Peace to all

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A Friend Reply:

To Dan,
Hey thanx for keeping this site going..It is a good way to keep ties to AJ in some way.

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Dan Reply:

Thanks, Adelle ….. I’m glad you like it.

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adelle Reply:

This is very cool dan !!!:-)
I visit a mom to mom site that has a personal message and post system similar to this .. Very COOL8-)

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Linda Reply:

Good job, Dan. The site looks great! :-)

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Linda Lexy
Jul 21, 2005 at 2:30 pm

Linda, I am at the Town Pump in Detroit every Thursday and Saturday. Would love to see you show up ! ;-)

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Linda Racey
Jul 20, 2005 at 12:06 pm

Hi Linda, I would be happy to! The court is located at 1200 North Telegraph in Pontiac. It will be in front of Judge Warren on October 10th at 8:30 am. It is still a few months away, but important we all be there. If you need more detailed directions, feel free to email me. By the way, hope your gig at the Town Pump went well. I saw you on the news!! Anytime you want to let anyone know what or where you will be spinning, I know I would like to come see you!! Thanks for keeping in touch.

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Adelle
Jul 20, 2005 at 9:32 am

Hi There, I was wondering if anybody knows what’s to become of Scattercat and all of those terrific songs? It would be such a shame if that music died with aj !!! Somebody Must Keep The Music Alive!!!!

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Linda Lexy
Jul 19, 2005 at 11:12 am

Linda, can you please post the location/address where the trial will be ? I’ll be there.

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Linda Racey
Jul 18, 2005 at 2:57 pm

I wanted to add a little something here. I have spoken with the Prosecutor’s office re: the case. If you have the will to attend on October 10th at 8:30 am, it is very important to have the support for A.J. This trial will last about a week and it may help some of us get through this at long last. There will be pictures and it may be upsetting to hear and see the testimony, as we all loved dear AJ. Please let others know that attendance at this trial is very important, it lets the jury know that AJ has a large circle of loved ones who have been forever changed from this senseless murder. So please spread the word.

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Linda Lexy
Jul 15, 2005 at 4:17 pm

Thanks for keeping us posted, Linda. I come here everyday looking for new information on the trial and to look at AJ’s smiling face. It still hits me hard. Everybody NEEDS to be in that courtroom. As horrific as it is, you will all be glad you were there and know it is the right thing to do. Well wishes to all. LL

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Linda Racey
Jul 14, 2005 at 6:28 pm

The next court date will be a Pre Trial at the Oakland County Court (Judge Warren) this is scheduled on August 18, at 2:00 pm The jury selection will begin thereafter and the next and very important case to be at is on October 10, 2005 at 8:30 am this will be Day 1 of the actual trial. That is where we are encouraged to be present to support the memory of A.J. This proceeding will be in front of Judge Warren. There is no need to call the court unless you want to confirm. Dates do tend to change often. The address is: 1200 N.Telegraph Rd,in Pontiac,Michigan. The defendants name is Terrance Terrell Moore.(13) Hope everyone is doing well and enjoying the summer.

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Vince Muscillo
Jun 26, 2005 at 10:53 am

Out of any person on this planet, AJ has done more for me than anyone. In life and in death. I don’t know how we got to be such good friends but I enjoyed his company every time I saw him. What a crazy dude. I can not begin to state how much he is appreciated still to this day and at the same time, how much he is missed. It gives me hope spiritually because I know that AJ’s spirit can never die. How are those 72 virgins treating you buddy? Say hi to Elvis for me.

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Adelle
Jun 22, 2005 at 3:34 pm

AJ’s Famous Secret Recipe “Chicken Upsidedown” & Special Chopped Salad with Mint

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Adelle
Jun 21, 2005 at 7:30 pm

Remember When AJ lived with April in Ferndale? Those were also good times I an recall many hours spent sitting on the front porch just hanging out …

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Adelle
Jun 15, 2005 at 10:44 am

Remember when AJ Lived in Oak Park On Gardner? Those were very good times, I spent a summer living in that house and I have to say I believe It was the most fun I could have had without leaving the house….

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Linda Racey
Jun 2, 2005 at 2:00 pm

To keep you all informed, Wednesday, June 1st was the pre-trial arraignment. (13) Terrance Moore is now bound over to Circuit Court in Pontiac. On June 9th, in front of Judge Warren, he will appear very briefly to start the entire process over. So on June 9th, it is not necessary for us to be there because it is very quick and informal. The trial, when it begins with a full jury, will be the most important time for all of us to be present. Please understand this is a long, drawn-out process and will probably begin in the fall. The actual date will be posted here when it is known. I know I will be there to see this man sentenced … and perhaps feel some closure at long last. On a better note … This journal can be used as a way to let all of us who were connected through AJ know where your bands are playing. After all, he brought us all together through music. Several people e-mail me asking where they can see certain bands, so please post it here. Again, hope everyone enjoys the summer and please check back to this journal for parties, music events and other updates … Have a good one!

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Linda Racey
May 14, 2005 at 11:39 am

This past Thursday, May 12th, was the “compentency hearing”. The defendant was not allowed in the courtroom. It was via video screen direct from his jail cell (security reasons). The judge found Terrance Moore (“13″) competent to stand trial. There were a few more of us there at this court date which made being there easier from support of AJ’s dearest friends. The next court date is set for June 1st at 9:00 am. This will be a “preliminary exam”. It will be about two to three hours and Terrance Moore will be present in the courtroom. After this exam, the actual trial will take place in Oakland County later this year. The prosecutor on behalf of AJ has indicated there will be alot of painful testimony and evidence that could be very upsetting. Again, it is encouraged we keep showing support for AJ. I will be happy to answer any questions regarding this case. I am in close contact with the prosecutor and they keep me informed on all that is happening. Again, the next hearing will be Wednesday, June 1st at 9:00 am and will be held at the Ferndale Court. Keep checking back to this page for updates as they occur.

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Angie Aletha
May 6, 2005 at 7:00 pm

It is so wonderful to read these stories here, and see the videos of A.J. I hadn’t seen him since he’d returned from NY, yet planned to surprize him when i moved to Ferndale in March. He really was everything said here in this journal; a loving, caring, talented, fun person. He always encouraged me in my own music and invited me to record and practice with Scattercat before the move to NY. On the last day they were packing up to leave Mi., I admired a large framed photo of him playing congas and he gave it to me. It’s been on my wall ever since. And now i’m living in Ferndale near his studio and think of him often, wishing i had seen him and wishing he was still here. A.J., thank you for all you gave from the heart. You are a true example of beauty and truth. And loved by so many!

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Linda Racey
Apr 20, 2005 at 3:26 pm

Just wanted to let anyone reading this journal know that a court date has been set for a “Competency Hearing” on Thursday, May 12th at 1:00 pm at the Ferndale courthouse. This will be a very brief court session. The defendant will appear in front of the judge to be deemed as “fully competent” and then at a later date in May the court proceedings will be bound over to Oakland County. All the support would be so appreciated on the 12th of May on behalf of AJ. I spoke with the detective today and he too has encouraged us to show our presence. Hope everyone is doing well and if you have any questions feel free to email me.

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Juli
Mar 30, 2005 at 3:25 pm

AJ truly was a beautiful soul. When ever I think of AJ, I get a smile on my face. I met AJ through my good friends, The Howling Diablos. One of my fondest recurring memories of AJ is how EVERY time I saw him and the band played at “the Den” (as I fondly refered to it), he greeted me with a warm hug and appreciation for coming to see him and the band play. I was at the Bear’s Den on the closing night. Fittingly, The Diablos played that special night. Even through the hundreds of people there throughout the night, Aj spotted me and went out of his way to give me that signiture warm greeting. This is what I will keep in my heart always, the warmth and love AJ gave to all of us unselfishly. It helps me to deal with this senseless tragedy. I hope you are playing your bongos and drums in peace. You will live on in our hearts. AJ was a bright star that will shine on in our memories always.

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Linda Lexy
Mar 30, 2005 at 1:23 pm

Our faces in that courtroom show this thug that AJ’s love is more powerful than the hate that took his life. We are AJ’s family, and we need to represent. The last time there were only 4 of us in the courtroom and it became quickly evident that we need many more. I come to this site every day and I am grateful to Dan for all of his love labor to connect us all with AJ. When the clouds pass and the sun is revealed, that is AJ smiling.

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Linda Racey
Mar 29, 2005 at 4:57 pm

Spring is here and I wish you were here too. It is so hard to grasp the thought your not coming back, it is painful to drive down 8 mile and pass your once “home”. AJ, some days are easier than others today, I wish I could see your face and hear your voice, reach out to you and talk about life. When I see the sun beaming through the window, hear nature, feel the warmth of spring, I know you are always around my friend. I feel you all over and talk to you often. May is coming and the trial will begin. If anyone reading this needs dates please e-mail me. The support for the presence of us all to be there for our friend is so important. The court date will be in Ferndale then bound over to Oaklnd County thereafter. It will not be easy for any of us to see the person who took our friend but perhaps may give us strength.

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Brennan
Mar 27, 2005 at 1:08 pm

AJ, We love and miss you terribly….we will never forget you. Thanks for being our friend and our teacher. Forever in our hearts, Pat Brennan

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Mark Wigand
Mar 24, 2005 at 2:32 pm

AJ, I have been missing you alot these past few days and wanted to just say thanks for everything you shared with me including, ironically enough, the strength and wisdom to deal with events like the passing on of a loved one COINCIDENCE…I THINK NOT. Peace and love., mw

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Shannon
Mar 17, 2005 at 4:02 am

You always made me feel right at home in Detroit. Thank you for all of those wonderful breakfasts and lunches… Thank you for rescuing me from the studio when I needed to be rescued… Thank you for being the most wonderful spirit I’ve ever met. I love you and miss you desperately. We’ll see you again soon…. “Why you do me like that?!” :o ) Ciao.

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Lisa Pilnick
Mar 15, 2005 at 7:27 pm

There was always something very special about AJ. His heart, soul& charisma were so strong that he had this constant aura surrounding him. I,ve cried over the shock& sadness,&over the overwelming love that was felt at the benefit. How overwehlming it must be for Ian, he knows how much everyone loved AJ and how much we care about him.I hope Ian will remain strong. I am happy to have memories & photos. I will never forget AJ,s BIG beautiful SMILE, & his wild black curly hair! AJ,you will truly be missed,& be forever in our memories.As Ozzy Osbourne says,” I,ll see you on the other side” some day. Love you, Lisa Pilnick

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Kathleen
Mar 14, 2005 at 10:05 am

I just wanted to share a story with everyone. 14 years ago I saw AJ save 2 lives. A young boy was drowning in the deep end of our apt pool, Aj realized what was going on and raced down the stairs. I put Ian in our apt and followed. By the time I got down there – he had pulled the boy out so I went to the boy. I was not even aware the the boys aunt had jumped in even thought she did not know how to swim. He had gone back in and pulled her out before I even knew what was going on. It was so early on a Sunday morning, no one was outside, I know that both of those people would have drowned in that pool that morning if it had not been for AJ. AJ was strong swimmer because he grew up swimming and fishing in the Persian Gulf. It is one of my favorite AJ memories.

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Adelle Adams
Mar 11, 2005 at 1:42 pm

And if only for a short time AJ was my Best Friend too. Because of him I had some of the Very Best Times in my young life. Thank You AJ

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Eliza Thomasian
Mar 8, 2005 at 12:34 pm

AJ IS the MAN!!!! The passionate SOUL that made you know he was ‘FOR REAL’. I was in his band ‘Scattercat’ and hung out with him as friends and musicians and what I learned from him was true love for his music and all music, musicians and people ..his love for LIFE was contagious!!! I always had FUN with him when he was in the room …that was Aj…that is Aj…LOVE!!! I know you are watching us all cry and miss you, but you will be in all of our hearts forever, your smile said it all AND YOUR LEGACY WILL GO ON AND ON ….LOVE…ELiza Thomasian

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Jeanette Frost
Feb 22, 2005 at 3:14 pm

No one could sing “Blue Suede Shoes” like AJ. He was always such a crack-up at breakfast; he, along with Tony and Nick would have me in tears laughing. AJ was always the ladies man. What a sweetie, and yet a smart-ass at the same time (how did he get away with that?) That big beautiful smile of his will be forever missed but never forgotten. God bless you AJ. Love, Jeanette

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Bruce Jones
Feb 21, 2005 at 9:51 pm

I’ll see you in the next life. Thanks for letting me into your world. Rest well, play hard and we’ll all see you again soon enough. Your friend, Bruce.

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Nizar M. Samarrai
Feb 21, 2005 at 10:28 am

May your soul rest in peace, as i knew ur a great guy plus a great musician , rest in peace Amjad Abdallah.

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Jaime Campbell
Feb 17, 2005 at 4:21 pm

AJ you will always be in my thoughts and prayers! i feel very lucky to have met you. Love ya kid!!!

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Debra
Feb 16, 2005 at 3:09 pm

What defines love, friendship, courage, perseverance, comradarie, respect and fatherhood? AJ Abdallah! His life was a celebration everyday. His love was unconditional as expressed by everyone Monday night at the AJLovefest. What a tribute to a legend and his family. Emotions ran high from the musicians on stage to the crowd of supporters. I have never seen such love and concern for all involved. There were tears, laughter, stories, videos and the music AJ so loved. You could feel his spirit surrounding all that were there, his open arms holding us tight who has a world of support, don’t worry. We love and miss you.

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JORDANIAN PRINCE
Feb 16, 2005 at 11:41 am

HAPPY BIRTHDAY AJ WE LOVE U. YOU WILL BE ALWAYS IN OUR HEARTS

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JORDANIAN PRINCE
Feb 16, 2005 at 11:30 am

I LOVE THIS WEB SITE AND I LOVE AJ 2

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Kathleen
Feb 16, 2005 at 10:40 am

The LoveFest was a tremendous experience for me and Ian and Adrian. I am sending an email to AJs family in Jordan right now, describing the whole event to them. AJ for me, was a lifetime friend. I was assured that we would always be connected, someday grandparents together. I was always proud of his commitment to his son Ian and to Ian’s brother Adrian and to me. AJ was a great father and friend. I don’t have many lifetime friends, so I feel a painful void when it comes to losing AJ, but AJ is taking care of that. Through AJ I have been welcomed into a community of love and friendship better than most families. It has been a beautiful thing for me and the boys, and I would like to thank everyone, so many of you, for all the help, support and love. AJ – we love you. Thanks for taking care of us then and now.

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Greg DiLone'
Feb 16, 2005 at 1:11 am

To the family of AJ, AJ represented himself from within his heart. With your love from where it all began from the start. We will carry on your love. Thank you

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Julie
Feb 15, 2005 at 10:51 pm

I only had the pleasure of meeting AJ a few times, but I fell in love with him the first time I met him. He just has the biggest smile that just lights up the room and I’ve never seen anyone with a bigger heart. Even though AJ was physically taken away from us he will always live on in everyone’s hearts. That was so obvious at the concert on Monday between the wonderful tribute from Rob in Twelfth Hour and Nick and Tony’s movie, AJ will live on forever! AJ we all LOVE YOU and I know, I for-one can’t wait to see you again later on in life. You will forever be missed!

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Eric McNary
Feb 15, 2005 at 9:58 pm

You know, we all go about our lives and loves, and as any kind of entertainer, you have an inherent connection of soul. I met AJ multiple times, talked to him at length very few, but the connection was inevitable. – Goes to show that Detroit’s a pretty small town, with a lot of big hearts and talent.

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Robbie Stephton
Feb 15, 2005 at 7:58 pm

Hey AJ, the show went so good last night. I hope you liked my cover for you of knocking on heavens door. It was so hard to play without stopping to get my self together but I know you understand. I’m so glad I got to work with you on the album it was a great time, you are such a gifted soul and a great friend. I will see you someday down the road and we will have just as much fun as we did in this life. I love you man and miss you so much one day we will meet again, Your friend, Robbie Stephton.

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Ronny Masters
Feb 14, 2005 at 6:03 pm

Happy birthday AJ. I think of you & Dula often. It was wonderful jammin with you. I will do everything in my power to make sure Dula has the life that he deserves.

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Michael Flynn
Feb 14, 2005 at 4:03 pm

Aj told me that he expected to die early in some kind of rock n’ roll-style tragedy. He thought it might be in a plane crash while on tour. I’ll echo what others have written about AJ’s fearless approach to life. He borrowed large to build his studio on 8 mile but he was confident that it was a wise investment. It was inspiring to see him making his dreams happen. Aj would often practice his drum rhythms trying to get his left hand to sound as crisp and powerful as his right. He would focus for hours on the same, simple “heel-toe, heel-toe” dooom-tak!, dooom-tak! until he had a strange bruise and callus on his palms and his stubb finger bled. He would continue his practice in his head, muttering, “doomtaka-doomtaka ” as he took a break for bandaids, coffee and cigarettes. AJ, I’ll miss your unique stubb finger handshake. Thanks to all that helped this memorial happen. I’m eager to see the Brancleone Brother’s film tonight.

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anthony brancaleone
Feb 14, 2005 at 12:57 pm

happy birthday, my friend. what a month I have had. I’m not blaming you, but it’s really all your fault. so many people love and miss you, aj. it’s brought out the best in us, and at times, the worst. regardless, I have been honoured to have been your friend in life and I remain so in death. I have just finished your memorial film late last night. I am happy to say that your son and kathleen were the first to view it. they both smiled, laughed, and cried a little. I made it with all the love and strength I had left. I hope it meets with your approval. afterwards, Ian stayed over and we played video games all night long. he beat me most of the time but I think I may have earned his respect as a player. his brother, adrian, was here as well. Ian looked after him nicely. I can see why you are such a proud father. well, my friend, I am getting ready to go to the magic bag and prepare the stage for the “friends of aj lovefest”. I think it’s going to be a beautiful show. so many have worked so hard. you have many many talented and giving friends. the truth is; I am a little sad and maybe even a little afraid to do this. I feel as though we are finally saying good bye, and I don’t want to aj. I don’t want to say good bye. but, what we want and what we can have are usually two different things. I miss you, and I love you, and I’ll do my best to live with the lessons I have learned from you. I promise that I will remain here for your son, if and when he is ever in need of me, and I will continue to happily, and lovingly, discuss the friendship, and the spirit, I had shared with one of the world’s truely good men. you are and will continue to be my brother.may God bless your soul . . .

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Lana Reply:

For some reason I decided to type your last name in a search..for some reason…and I found this.

You are such a great friend, and person for doing the film Tony. AJ would have been humbled to tears.

One Love

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Patrick E. Hession
Feb 14, 2005 at 6:41 am

Here are some quotes that really describe the way AJ lived his life. “Cowards die many times before their deaths, the valiant never taste of death but once.” William Shakespeare “A friend is a second self.” Aristotle “A joke is a very serious thing.” Sir Winston Churchill “Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb.” Sir Winston Churchill “Humor is the great thing, the saving thing. The minute it crops up, all our irritations and resentments slip away and a sunny spirit takes their place.” Mark Twain “To be able under all circumstances to practice five things constitutes perfect virtue; these five things are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness and kindness.” Confucius “Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.” Confucius “What else is love but understanding and rejoicing in the fact that another person lives, acts, and experiences otherwise than we doâ€_?” Friedrich Nietzsche “What is done out of love always takes place beyond good and evil.” Friedrich Nietzsche “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler.” Henry David Thoreau “Character is higher than intellect… A great soul will be strong to live, as well as to think.” Ralph Waldo Emerson “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” Ralph Waldo Emerson “Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense.” Ralph Waldo Emerson “Give all to love; obey thy heart.” Ralph Waldo Emerson “Insist on yourself; never imitate… Every great man is unique.” Ralph Waldo Emerson “Energy and persistence conquer all things.” Benjamin Franklin “Hide not your talents, they for use were made. What’s a sun-dial in the shade?” Benjamin Franklin “You have to live on the edge, because only then, you will truly know where it is at.” Patrick E. Hession Take care AJ, you are one in a million!

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Mark Wigand
Feb 10, 2005 at 6:12 pm

Smile! …. AJ has had a profound impact on the way I live my life and will always be with me and all of us that loved him. AJ taught me many lessons about compassion, life, love and humor. I will always remember AJ with a huge smile and sooo much love. I have seen the impact that AJ had on so many of us, and I hope that we can all harness a little piece of AJ’s love compassion and caring and spread it around! I am sure that the world will be a better place. AJ, Amjed, my personal “Funky Daddy”.. I love you and will never forget what you meant to me. God Bless You my Brother. PEACE and LOVE TO ALL OF YOU !!

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Amy Fowlkes
Feb 10, 2005 at 4:59 pm

When I first met AJ it was right after 9/11. He had just moved from NY and was visiting Jeff at the hospital (after hitting a deer on his motorcycle). Instantly, I knew that I liked him, from the moment he shook my hand (which tickled a little from his middle finger). He moved into the studio apartment shortly after, which was a couple of streets away from Jeff and I at the time. He’d call us all the time to come over and barbeque (he always wanted to feed us?) or to play euchre. It didn’t matter what time of day or night. Sometimes Jeff and I would take a bike ride in the sub. and we’d see AJ in his daisy dukes roller blading. Next thing I knew we were heading towards Club Bart or Rosie’s. I have never met anyone like him. So caring and generous, he exuded such a positive, colorful energy. The endless memories that I have are still so real to me that at times I think he is still around, and I find myself picking up the phone to call him. AJ I will always cherish you in my aching heart…you will never be forgotten. Thank you for all of the times that we shared. All of my love to you, my friend AJ, or as Jeff and I would call you “Amjed Abdelicious”.

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Jezzy
Feb 10, 2005 at 4:14 pm

I remember going to the Bear’s Den on one of the first Sundays the Diablos played. It seemed like there was only about 20 other people in the whole bar. Obviously things changed quickly and there was a line out the door every Sunday night. One of my favorite things was going there to see them play. I feel lucky to be able to say that I had the privilage of knowing A.J. He was one of the sweetest people I’ve met and he always made me smile. My heart goes out to his family, especialy his son, and to all his friends that loved him so much. I’m so sorry this happened to you A.J.

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Kymberli Wright
Feb 9, 2005 at 8:52 pm

“When you part from your friend, you grieve not; For that which you love most in him may be clearer in his absence, as the mountain to the climber is clearer from the plain.” ~Kahlil Gibran A.J., I met you on my birthday at what was then called the Bear’s Den in Berkley. I came up to you to say I really loved the band you were playing with – Howling Diablos. I approached you because you were so pleasant. I told you I was a vocalist… we exchanged numbers…and were friends ever since. I would come to see you as often as I could because I loved your energy on stage and off. When you asked me to sing on your recording project, I felt privileged. I don’t know whether to write this in past tense or present, because I still feel your spirit… it’s so strong. I can still hear you calling me saying, “Where the hell are you, Kymberli!” “Come over tonite so we can cuddle.” I always promised you that I would were it not for that big ass black cat Blacky! Oh my god is he huge! A.J. you believed in me and my talent and I love you for that. I’m gonna continue our recording project. Much love my friend.

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Tino
Feb 9, 2005 at 3:37 pm

The thing about AJ that I’ll never forget was how he always made us laugh. The people you love the most are the ones that make you smile. AJ was of course a serious person as well, but he never let that get in the way of having a great time. I came together with AJ at the Bear’s Den when the Diablos were jamming and he came in and sat cross-legged on the floor with his bongos. The vibe lifted from really good to awesome, and he became an instant soul brother on a level that you don’t get that often in this life. He called me “Funky Daddy” and I called him “Funky Brother”. AJ performed, lived, and traveled with the Diablos for over 6yrs. and well over 1,000 shows…yet what I remember most is his laughter and that deep soulful groove. That’s what life is supposed to be about. Funky Brother I will always love you. peace Tino

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Ahmed Altaie
Feb 9, 2005 at 6:07 am

My deepest sympathy to my dearest friend, AJ, who I knew for over 15 years. I was the 1st person he met when he first came to Michigan, we met at a downtown Detroit club that used to be called Legend. We started working on our band’s 1st record. I really liked him as a friend first then as a talented musician, after that I start introducing him to all my family, musician friends and artists, we became very good friends who shared good and bad in every way, we played lots of good gigs together the last one it was in my brother’s wedding summer 2002. It was always fun every time we played together and never met any one who didn’t enjoy playing with AJ. The usual comment to every musician was (always fun to play with AJ) we used to go visit friends in Cincinnati, OH and sometimes I use to drive Ian, his son with me to or from Detroit. It was pleasure knowing AJ to me and my family and now I ask god to rest him in peace, Amin

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Johnny Evans
Feb 9, 2005 at 1:22 am

AJ was a man who really enjoyed life.He was always smiling and ready with a joke or some teasing.We worked together for years and had a lot of great times traveling together and playing music.I always admired the way he cared for people and it is reflected in the outpouring of love for him after his tragic death.His death has made me appreciate his beautiful life and helped all of us to realize that you cant take the people you love for granted.My heart goes out to the family and to all of us who became his family here.

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Donald Koleber
Feb 8, 2005 at 7:17 pm

In the late 90’s I hooked up with the Howling Diablos as their lighting director. Sundays at the Den were the best. You never knew who was going to show up and jam. Many of us met friends for life there, and AJ was just that. While hosting the whole band and a few extra guests at his Brooklyn studio during a Diablos gig in NYC. AJ invited me to return when ever I felt like it, and he meant it. I visited NYC 6 times in 12 months. So many cool clubs, great music, parties and of course lot’s of hang time with AJ. He was known locally as the Mayor of Flatbush and Nevins. While I was sad to see him leave NYC, I was happy he landed in Ferndale. Club Bart, Ferndale Grill, Pita Cafe, Tom’s in Royal Oak. Seems like we always called each other when we were hungry. He would always congratulate me for winning the contest…..what contest I always asked….the contest to buy me a drink he would say. I fell for it every time. He hooked me up with so many cool gigs. Introduced me to so many cool people. I am forever in his debt. AJ… someday…we’ll get together and lie to each other. You cracked me up everytime you said that. I think of you everyday. I’ll miss you forever.

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Monther Jaber
Feb 8, 2005 at 6:50 pm

first of all, may god bless his soul and may him rest in peace. i’m AJ’s cousin living in Jordan. it was a real shock when we heard about him. I’m really sorry and upset of this loss and want to share everyone that knows him and loves him and my prays and blessings to his soul. and I pass my regards to Ian his son i wonder if he remembers me he came to Jordan before 7 years ago and i’m sorry for him. May god bless him AJ

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Steve Taylor
Feb 8, 2005 at 12:41 am

One of the things I’ll always remember about A.J. is the way that he would greet me. Sometimes we’d arrive at a place at different times, and we’d be in the same room for awhile without really getting a chance to say “hello.” As soon as an opportunity presented itself A.J. would always approach me and say “Hey Steve, how have you been, man? How is (my wife) Megan?” And he was so sincere about it. So genuine. We played our last show at the Emerald Theater on December 30th, 2004 with the Tim Diaz Band. We were jamming out on our last song (The Allman Bros. “Midnight Rider”) when Tim called for a breakdown. We all stepped to the side of the stage and let Jeff and A.J. rock out. Jeff kept a steady groove and A.J. did his thing. I was standing just a few feet to his left, watching him play. His eyes were looking down, and he had that great little A.J. grin on his face. You could tell he was into the beat and really enjoying himself. He had a wonderful sense of joy when he played. It was one of those moments onstage where everything felt right. As a musician, it is those moments that you play for. They don’t happen every show, but when they do, they remind you of why you started playing in the first place. That was the last time I saw A.J. Three days later he was gone. A bright light extinguished all too early. I want to hold onto that last moment onstage. That is where A.J. will live in my mind. That is where I will always look for him.

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Josie
Feb 7, 2005 at 8:25 am

I am speechless at what happened. Speaking as a Mom, you always wonder who your daughters hang out with. I have had the honor of meeting AJ through them and I have to say he was the most respected amongst all of his friends and showed me and my family the utmost respect. My prayers and thoughts go out to his son Ian, to his family and to all of his close friends. May the spirit of his life, his love of music and his geniune smile he showed us everyday live inside our hearts forever.

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Ahmed Abdallah
Feb 5, 2005 at 10:28 pm

I want to share with AJ Friends the tragic events that has happened to him, it’s really very difficult for me and my family, and I want to say thanks for this web site that was given us to share peace together, God Bless AJ Behind Him.

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April (AP)
Feb 4, 2005 at 4:18 pm

I couldn’t bring myself to speak at the vigil so here it is: “Amjed you were the love of my life and will be a part of my soul forever. I am so proud of your many amazing accomplishments. We grew together in ways that I will never forget. We may have grown apart but never in our hearts. You touched millions of souls and that, my love, was your destiny. As hard as this is to say, your destiny has been fulfilled and you must move on to a better place. Go walk with Allah in peace, love and harmony. Your soul will live on in all of us forever. I love you baby. xoxo.”

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Anne Silke (Stanley)
Feb 4, 2005 at 12:05 pm

Awesome website, this turned out so wonderful!! Well ya got me, another soul who couldn’t bare to speak at the vigil. A.J. has consumed all of my thoughts and inspired me in so many ways. He always found good in everything, always had a joke, always had a sly comment, always had that big smile. Like many of you, this is the first time I have ever had something as tragic as this in my life. I know I will never be the same. As far as all of you go, whether or not you’ve met someone once, seen them a year ago, maybe more or never even met them at all–I don’t think any of us could do this without all of us. Everyone coming together to deal with this together is truly out of this world. That’s all for now–I could go on forever–Wait one more thing–I love you forever A.J. and I know wherever you are, you are enjoying unlimited amounts of good old fashioned Italian spaghetti sauce!!!! Peace and love–Stanley

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Whitey
Feb 3, 2005 at 9:15 pm

What can I say… that hasnt been said? I will miss Amjed’s drive. But most of all, I will miss his unexpected drop in’s. That guy always caught me cheating at euchre, and went ballistic… Ha Ha!! He will watch over us…. I know it!!

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Jennifer Price
Feb 3, 2005 at 1:10 am

It’s really nice to see this website along with all of the time, love, and memories everyone has contributed since our tragic loss of AJ. It’s been a devastating experience and although he is not physically here, it’s important that we keep his spirit alive because he is and will always be with us. He’ll always play an important role in my life and he is my biggest fan. He is YOUR biggest fan. He was always encouraging, always proud, always a gentleman, and for certain, a genuine character! He could make anyone laugh and turned each frown that he’d see into a smile. We’ve all heard him say a thousand times, ‘Don’t miss me too much!’ And little did we know how much of an understatement that would become. I miss you more than words could ever describe, AJ, and I’ll love you forever!

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Gayelynn Mckinney
Feb 3, 2005 at 12:31 am

what’s up every body! I was sittin’ here enjoying the Aj lovefest. I love that video! That was put together very nicely. The song is very pretty and Linda sounds great! I am really going to miss AJ. I’m going to miss him calling me and saying:” come hang out and have a drink with me.’ I going to miss looking over at him while playing with Tim Diaz and seeing that big ol’ smile! Most of all I will miss his positive energy. Where ever he is I hope he is jamming with the cats. For you non musicians cats means musicans. :D hee hee!! I can hear Aj now as he enters the serious musical orgy: “Hey man can I jam with you? Peace and Love to ya always AJ and friends of AJ!!

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Nick Brancaleone
Feb 1, 2005 at 7:59 pm

Hi friends! I would like to thank Dan for this beautiful website. Secondly, I would like to apologize for NOT coming forward during the vigel. I was, and have been, absolutely choked-up, I think I would have just stood there and cried. Hearing my brother speak so eloquently, and others whom I never even knew made me feel even more proud of AJ. I knew AJ was as REAL of a guy as one could get, hearing all the testimonials certified that. I’m not the most outgoing person, AJ got right inside me and never left. Our relationship just grew, he was a second brother to me. I KNEW I could count on him,learn something from him, and KNEW I could get a laugh from him. I KNEW I could trust him. Every time I was in that studio I learned SOMETHING from Aj. His pure love for Ian and passion for music IS so inspirational. I have never been through anything like this in my life and not sure what to do without him as part of my daily routine. I miss coffee and breakfast at the Ferndale Grill. I can hear his drums beating softly to the rythem of every song I listen to. Your smile wont ever ever leave my head…..much love to you AJ.

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Linda Lexy
Feb 1, 2005 at 3:18 pm

My friend, Lisa O showed me a picture recently that I had forgotten about , but it really cracked me up. It was from New Year’s Eve 2000 at the Magic Bag. The photo was of me and AJ. We are both cracking up, he is holding a plastic shotglass full of amber liquid and I have my hand up towards him, as if to say, “No way, dude”. Someone had bought AJ a shot of Crown Royal ( a Schmang favorite) and AJ didn’t drink liquor at the time. He was afraid the purchaser could see him, so through his smiling teeth he was raising the glass as if to toast, but was really saying, “C’mon Lexy !! Drink this for me!! I can’t drink this shit!!” I’m telling him “No WAY, AJ !! I can’t drink that shit either”. The normally persuasive Amjed had to take the lumps of downing the liquid himself. The picture that followed was of us hugging and smiling. AJ and I went through alot together. He was part of my everyday life for a very long time. We loved each other alot and we fought like brother and sister. I’d give anything to be able to hug him now and tell him to his face how much he really meant to me. We totally vibed on the funk. We had deeply spiritual life discussions. We partied behind the Bear’s Den on many a break. We girls loved to laugh at the way he jumped around when he played. His funny facial expressions. He was something else. Tino and I are both so devastated, like everyone else is. I wish we didn’t have to talk about him in the past tense, but you can be sure we will ALWAYS talk about him. Looking at Ian just warms my heart. As much as AJ loved his music, it was Ian that made him feel the most accomplishment. Thank you for this beautiful memorial site, Dan. I truly love you AJ. (but you already know that) ;-)

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Kenny Robinson
Feb 1, 2005 at 1:40 am

This site is a beautiful tribute to a truely great friend to many many people. So many great memories……ahh, but here is one of my favorite stories. AJ moved back from New York and became my room mate in the fall of 2001 for the period of about a year, and he was really a practical joker. He used to get up in the morning and drink a cup of coffee and quitely sneek into my room while I was still sleeping (little did he know I could sleep through a tornado). He would gently shake me till I just opened my eyes but definately not awake yet. As soon as I saw him he would scream” rrraaaahhh” in my face and then start laughing (with his familiar laugh) at how startled I was. He would then say “Kenny….I scared You…..You should see your face Kenny!!” Then he would leave and come back in a minute or two and yell, “Kenny……Get up Kenny…….my jewish friend Kenny, this is your arabic friend AJ!!!! Come on Kenny……lets go eat some bacon together!!!!…..Don’t worry Kenny……it is a kosher pig!!!! I would look at him like he was out of his mind while he was laughing and he would say “I blessed it myself……lets have some bacon and some blablachabla!!!!…..What else can I say? AJ was great friend to many people and we owe a lot to him. I owe a lot to him. AJ’s last finished project was my debut classical record “Festive Masterpieces for Trumpet and Organ”, and I dedicate this record to the memory of my dear friend AJ. AJ may be gone, but his spirit will live on forever. I love you AJ and I really miss you. Your friend……Kenny

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Mike Netski
Feb 1, 2005 at 1:14 am

AJ had an adventurous spirit. The courage to leave his family and travel to a foreign land, learn a different language, have a son, start a biz, put together a band, buy a run-down building, take it apart and put it back together with a funky combination of function and style, and almost no budget. Some of us have done a few of these things but few of us have done most of them. I admired him for this courage and the drive to bring form to his ideas. Some of us have witnessed AJ working many long days, week after week, when most of us are crying “uncle” after an eight hour day. He had an outgoing personality and easily made friends. AJ trusted people; this displayed his belief in the fundamental goodness of his fellow human beings and created unlikely alliances amongst diverse people. Many of these friendships will, no doubt, endure long after his passing. That’s a fine legacy to leave with value that is immeasurable. My favorite memory of AJ is his sense of humor. What a clown! Pranks, jokes, anecdotes he had them all. Often dispensed to you over a strong cup of coffee and a few smokes. These memories are the only relief for the sadness that we’ve all been experiencing and I find myself repeating his jokes. I like to imagine him sharing in the laughter as well. Goodbye AJ! See you on the other side.

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Dan
Feb 1, 2005 at 12:28 am

dan_aj
We love you AJ !

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Jerome Day
Jan 31, 2005 at 10:39 pm

Wow, what a great way to show the world our AJ. Who he was, what he was about and just from the photos alone says it all to me. I was getting along with my little life in my modest fashion lately until I went through the photos on this site – now here I am again sick to my stomach, trying to type through my tears. When Shakey was leaving the Howling Diablos it was AJ who lobbied for me to join, I owe it to him. He dug what I was doing and we understood each other personally and professionally. His kind heart and vibe was like no other, and everyone should learn to carry on the way he carried himself. 1. AJ was all about the music. Always thinking and talking about playing / recording / engineering / writing / gear / tunes, etc. … and also he was like a sponge – ALWAYS wanting to learn more, more, more about anything … which spills into … Life, family and friends. 2. He always would ask "How is your family Jerome?" "How is your sister?" Then I would answer thinking he is half listening only to look back at him to find him glued to every word I am saying. HE CARED! He was always willing to help someone and he unconditionally cared about anyone that came into his life. 3…. He was a Funny man … (at least he thought he was funny!) AJ always looked at everything with a smirk, a snicker or full out laughter. I’m not saying he wasn’t serious, he was when he needed to be, but in general he looked at things lightly which is something very valuable to me that I learned from him. He wasn’t afraid to look silly, be silly or crack a joke sometimes over and over until he drove you nuts!!! He would look up from reading one of his equipment manuals, make this funny face and ask me "Hey Jerome, do I look like a rabbit?" Well AJ … Yes, you looked like a rabbit at that moment, but will always be remembered as that wonderful person that taught us alot about ourselves. You kept life – fun loving, funky, silly and always musical. I will always hear that signature "snicker" laugh of yours – I love & miss you man, Jerome

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Linda Racey
Jan 31, 2005 at 10:39 am

Dan, I’d like to say thank you for creating such a beautiful website honoring AJ. You always put 150% into every project you do and this website is so nice to be able to reflect on. Knowing AJ over 14 years, it has been so hard to adjust to him not being here. Not a day goes by without my best friend on my mind. Today I want to call him but can’t, yesterday I wanted to cry to him but couldn’t. Tomorrow, I may want to share a hard heartfelt laugh but will never be able to again. I feel his presence daily, he has left behind strength and a positive force to go forward and never dwell. AJ and I shared so many fun times and often we talked about how he felt we were brother and sister in another life. He was not only a good sweet soul, but AJ was a true musician. Music was in his soul to the core. Sometimes I feel guilty enjoying life without him here, but I know in my heart he is there to oversee and constantly guide any person that has been honored to have befriended him. I love you AJ and will see you again in the future. You will always remain youthful in our eyes always. Life will never be the same. Love, Linda xxxooo

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