from: "Condry, Mark"
date: Wednesday, September 08, 2004 7:44 AM
subject: re: an old friend
Thanks for quick reply. I didn’t mean to sound cryptic in
my first email, I’m just... Reluctant I guess. I hadn’t
really seen or thought about Andrew since he stopped showing up
for game night, and that was five years ago. That was about the
time we all went our own ways, back in 1999. You moved out west,
I moved up to Dallas, etc. So when I got this article in my mailbox,
it caught me by surprise.
And yeah, I’ll transcribe the thing for you. I wasn’t
sure if maybe you were the one who sent it to me. I’ll put
it into this email, at the bottom.
> I remember him. He was never the kid
with the idea, he was
> the kid who agreed with yours. Slowest to get the joke, usually
> laughed the longest.
That’s Andrew in a nutshell yeah, at least that’s how
I remember him. He got on my nerves sometimes, but damn if he didn’t
love being part of the gang. He’d ask me for some poker chips
on card night, or borrow dice from my bag, that sort of thing. Whenever
we played Tecmo Bowl on your Nintendo he always wanted to be on
my team. Which would’ve been fine if he was any good.
> I haven’t heard from Travis or
Dave in years. They fell off
> the radar about the same time you did. None of us made
> much attempt to stay in touch. It was just one of those things.
That’s okay. I wasn’t trying to point fingers. It happens.
But I was hoping you had already heard about Andrew, like you’d
gotten a copy of the article. I still haven’t been able to
get a number or email for Travis or Dave. Maybe they know more about
this than we do. Andrew usually hitched a ride with Travis most
of the time. It was on the way home for Travis. Didn’t Andrew
live with his mom? Like in an apartment? And his stepdad was a real
estate broker, had that one house way out past Highway 6. You remember
Andrew was scared to death of that house.
Here’s the article. There’s a photo of Andrew with
it, looks maybe like his driver’s license photo. Still had
GUNMAN SHOOTS TWO, KILLS SELF IN BOISE RESTAURANT
Diners at the Roadside Breakfast Café on Interstate 84
fled to the parking lot in a panic yesterday afternoon when a
man entered and began shooting patrons inside, killing two.
The couple – John and Lucy Madson – were having lunch
when 26-year-old Andrew Hughes entered, wielding a Smith and Wesson
59 pistol, according to police. Witnesses claim the perpetrator
was muttering to himself as he approached the smoking section
and opened fire into the first occupied booth, fatally wounding
the Madsons. Soon after, he turned the weapon on himself.
All three were taken by paramedics to St. Alphonsus Regional
Medical Center, where John Madson and the shooter were pronounced
dead. Lucy Madson, 37, remained in critical condition for several
hours but did not survive the night. Police are investigating
Hughes’ work and personal background, but as of this morning
a motive for the attack is unknown.
If there’s more to the article, I didn’t get it. That’s
where it was torn off. The other side is part of a
This is really bothering me, Eric. What the hell was Drew doing
in Boise? With a fucking gun?
He hung out with us for almost two years. I just don’t get
And something else is eating at me. I can’t figure it out