Deaths from Unknown Causes Get Investigated

The night Rory died.

The ambulance and paramedics arrived.

They relieved me from the chest compressions.

One of the paramedics pulled me aside and asked for details of the situation.

I said, “I don’t know. She was throwing up. That’s it. I don’t know.”

He asked about fever or any other symptoms.

“No. She was throwing up. Then she went limp in my arms.”

He left me and joined the rest of the paramedics who were busy trying to save my daughter.

Then more uniformed officers arrived. Police included.

A policeman pulled me aside and asked similar questions.

I said again.

I don’t know. I don’t understand. She was throwing up. That’s it. Throwing up. I don’t know. I don’t understand what happened.

He followed up. “Why was she in the garage?”

“I tried to get her to the emergency room. Then I realized it was too late so I laid her down and called 911.”

Then after time of death was called, we went to my parent’s house. While we were there I had multiple people tell me that our ecclesiastical leader, who was also a lawyer, was watching over our house while people were there.

I just kept saying okay.

After a long night of conjecture and questions, a police officer stopped by the next day.

He knew why Rory died.

He said something like this. As police officers we’re trained to look for the worse case scenarios all the time. We have to look for things that are out of place. And investigate.

Then he followed it up with, he didn’t have to go there with our situation.

He was so sorry for our loss. She died of appendicitis.

It took me until that moment to realize it.

They had been investigating me for Rory’s death.

I understand it.

I do.

But it was and is a sobering thought.

I would’ve given almost anything for her to have survived that night.

5 thoughts on “Deaths from Unknown Causes Get Investigated”

  1. I love your writing, as always. But there’s no way I can click the like button on this post. It’s too heartbreaking. I can’t even imagine. Sending hugs ❤️


  2. I have to say i to remember that night and the next day.
    My family gathers for scriptures and prayer and we finished saying the prayer and we hear ambulances and cop cars and I’m thinking ” what is going on?” My whole family runs out side to see where they are going and when I see that they turn on my friends street and they go all the way down. I tell my self” please no, God please not them!”
    I ran inside and ran up go my room, with my mom following me, and telling me that everything would be okay. And over our heads we heard the helicopter. Once everyone got back inside. My mom went across the street to discuss what’s happening and I just kept praying and praying. I was really scarec.
    After a few minutes later, the noise was gone. And I knew that she was gone. I cried and cried and curled up into my bed thinking “why Rory?” And this peace came over me and I heard Rorys voice tell me” Matthew its all right, I’m okay now. Take care of my brothers.” And I just melted and it felt like she was just so happy to be home and she was free from any pain that she had on this earth.
    When my mom came in she told me ” I just got news that Rory passed away.” And again tears came down. She stroked my face and told me she loved me. And hugged me tight.

    The next morning, I got ready for school and when I left, trees with purple ribbons tied to them and little paper things hanging from trees that said” I love you Rory!” And at school i swear that was the only thing everyone was talking about. ” Did you hear about Rory Moore?” ” yeah I loved her!” And so many tears.
    After school I asked my mom if I could go over to the Moore’s and she told me that, that was okay if they were okay with it. And so my friend and I went over to there grandparents house and we just sat there with Xander and Chiler and Dax, just crying with them and hugging and just bonding.
    I will never ever forget what I felt that night and I will never ever break my promise to her, I will always watch out for Chiler, Xander and Dax, they will always have a special place in my heart and so will Rory.


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