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... / Matthew Tomasetti (Band Groupipe and friend )
Mike abell was indeed the funniest, collest, best guy i ever met. I only knew him for about 9-11 months. He affected my life a bit in music, and in other ways.mike will always be missed at the my house by my mom and sister and pop.god bless him and his family. and mike i miss you and love u buddy.....have fun being the drummer for gods band now :)
Letter From Heaven  / Pam- AM To Austin Gains (Caring passerby )
 To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say.
 But first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
 I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
 Here, there's no more tears of sadness;
 Here is just eternal love.
 
 Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
 Remember that I am with you every morning,
noon and night.
 That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through.
 God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you.
 
 It's good to have you back again,
 you were missed while you were gone.
 As for your dearest family, They'll be here later on.
 I need you here badly, you're part of my plan.
 There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man,"
 
 God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
 And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
 And when you lie in bed at night the day's chores put to flight.
 God and I are closest to you....in the middle of the night.
 
 When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years.
 Because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
 But do not be afraid to cry: it does relieve the pain.
 Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.
 
 I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
 If I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
 But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is over.
 I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.
 
 There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
 But together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
 It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too;
 That as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.
 
 If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain;
 Then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
 And now I am contented...that my life was worthwhile.
 Knowing as I passed along the way I made somebody smile.
 
 So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low;
 Just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
 When you're walking down the street
 and you've got me on your mind;
 I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.
 
 And when it's time for you to go....from that body to be free.
 Remember you're not going.....you're coming here to me.
 
 Ruth Ann Mahaffey
 ~Author~ of "Letter from Heaven"
I understand your loss  / LaDonna Hembree (passing by )
I know that my daughter Rachel is listening to Michael playing in his band in heaven.  I know of your saddness because I live with the same saddness everyday since Rachel's death.  Please feel free to meet her at her web site rachel-hicks.memory-of.com May God bless us all who grieve.
sorry i missed the chance to know Michael  / Renee Clifton (passer by )
Dear Michael, His family & friends,

im so sorry for your loss. Its so hard to find the words
to say to you all. I know nothing can be said or done to
ease or erase the pain your feeling.
I never had the chance to meet your wonderful son.
Im from Australia. But as i read the beautiful website
you have made for him i realise he had so many more
loving friends & family members.
I hope & i will prayer that you have found God in all of
these dark days to guide you & love you & help you threw
this. Of which is the hardest thing a parent has to go through.
Please know that as God took your precious son, He offered Michael Eternity. He took Michaels hand to share with Him His
life. Michael must have loved our God so much.
With God he will never hurt again. He will always have happy & sunny bright days. He will always be closer to you now then he ever was before. His with you every morning noon & night.
What i believe & will always live to believe is that God only takes the very best. The 1's who give all of them unto the Lord.
And our Lord gives them all Eternity.
Please remember God never gives us more then we can handle.
I will prayer for you & prayer that you will find who murdered your precious son. You will always be in my thoughts & prayers.
God bless.
I lost my cousin last February 05. Katie Maree Harris.
She was killed in a car accident. Please feel free to visit her website i have made for her.
www.katie-harris.memory-of.com
May God help you threw these dark days..
our sons  / Terri Crossland (passerby)
my heart goes out to you and your family... to lose a child is bad enough, but even worse when they die through the evilness of others.    
sending you all my love and thoughts. xxx
terri.

www.ben-prunty.memory-of.com
Sweet little angel  / Melissa Sister Of Angel Melinda Rieger   Read >>
Sweet little angel  / Melissa Sister Of Angel Melinda Rieger
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Not the same.  / Sully (Old Band Member )  Read >>
Not the same.  / Sully (Old Band Member )
Mike, your one that can never be forgoten. Even though you started the tradition of making fun of me before each show (even when I wasnt in it) I still Love and miss you more than words can explain. Mike was the kewlest guy I've ever met he had unlimited potenial...good at almost everything. Life just isnt the same anymore with out ya Big Buy.
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originally posted September 26, 2005...Richmond Times Dispatch Guestbook  / Ashlea Morris (Richmond, VA) (Friend)  Read >>
originally posted September 26, 2005...Richmond Times Dispatch Guestbook  / Ashlea Morris (Richmond, VA) (Friend)
It has taken me quite some time to sign the guestbook because I didn't know what to say. It took awhile before any of this really hit me and then tonight when I saw Mike & Cyndi I started remembering all the great times I had with Mike. Sneaking out just to sit out side for no reason at all to the night he gave me my first cigarette, no matter if that was a good idea or not. We lived next door to each other God knows how many years and spent alot of time together.but to be honest I'm not sure anyone realized how close we were. It was like having a big brother...Ya know the one you can tell anything and he may nag you about it but he'll listen anyway. I'll never forget those awsome nights and all the things we learned. I miss you Mike and I love you and I know you're in an awesome place now looking over all of us laughing just like you always did. Rest in peace boy.
With Love, Ash.
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originally posted September 24, 2005...Richmond Times Dispatch Guestbook  / Michael Dillon (Fort Campbell, KY) (Friend)  Read >>
originally posted September 24, 2005...Richmond Times Dispatch Guestbook  / Michael Dillon (Fort Campbell, KY) (Friend)
To the Abell Family,

My prayers and best wishes go out to you and your family. I have known Michael Abell and have been good friends with him since elementary school at Three Chopt all the way up to the day we graduated high school. He was a great friend and he will be greatly missed. My best wishes go to you.
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originally posted September 22, 2005...Richmond Times Dispatch Guestbook  / Jessi Broyles (Richmond, VA) (Friend)  Read >>
originally posted September 22, 2005...Richmond Times Dispatch Guestbook  / Jessi Broyles (Richmond, VA) (Friend)
hey everyone, well it's been awhile since Mike died but it's still really fresh, it'll hit me mid day that he is really gone, that i won't see him at a party somewhere and i'll never get to see him play the drums again and that's hard because the party wasn't started til he got there...he was the life of the party it was never boring... and so i thank you Michael for bringing so many laughs to so many people when they really needed it. thanks to Mike & Cyndi for having such a great son and being cool parents : ) but i just have to say to Michael, that you can't be forgotten when you are always missed...rip

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originally posted August 7, 2005...Richmond Times Dispatch Guestbook  / Annie Gunter Tripp (Richmond, VA) (Friend)  Read >>
originally posted August 7, 2005...Richmond Times Dispatch Guestbook  / Annie Gunter Tripp (Richmond, VA) (Friend)
I am so sorry about this terrible tragedy. I knew Michael from marching band at Freeman. He was a very sweet person., always with a joke and a smile, even at our early morning practices. I am so grateful to have known him, and I am so very sorry for your loss.
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originally posted July 25, 2005...Richmond Times Dispatch Guestbook  / Ashley Harvey (Richmond, VA) (Friend)  Read >>
originally posted July 25, 2005...Richmond Times Dispatch Guestbook  / Ashley Harvey (Richmond, VA) (Friend)
I knew Michael Abell for a long time. He used to date my sister for crying out loud...I was in band with him at Tuckohoe and at Freeman...We were close friends when we were in school and knew each other very well. I'm sure He is in a good place. I knew he was going to be successful in life, being one of the greatest drummers in Virginia and all. Anyways, I hope you, the parents, are doing well and OK and I'm terribly sorry for your loss...youmet me at tobacco town to to refresh your memory...anyways, Michael, rest in peace and I hope the family is OK.
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originally posted July 15, 2005...Richmond Times Dispatch Guestbook  / Leisa Barnes (Glen Allen, VA) (Friend)  Read >>
originally posted July 15, 2005...Richmond Times Dispatch Guestbook  / Leisa Barnes (Glen Allen, VA) (Friend)
To Michael's Parents:

I knew Mike at Freeman but our friendship continued outside of school. I have so many fun pictures of Mike that show the real him, happy and enjoying every second of life. He was such a wonderful person and could put a smile on anyone's face. Although we lost touch once I had my daughter. I always thought about him. i was shocked when I heard what happened and I'm very sorry for your loss. If you would like me to forward some of those pictures your way, let me know!
 
God Bless----we all know he's making everyone upstairs laugh really heard!

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originally posted July 15, 2005...Richmond Times Dispatch Guestbook  / Christina Callis-Abell (Richmond, VA) (Fiance')  Read >>
originally posted July 15, 2005...Richmond Times Dispatch Guestbook  / Christina Callis-Abell (Richmond, VA) (Fiance')
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originally posted July 14, 2005...Richmond Times Dispatch Guestbook  / Barbara Moore (Richmond, VA) (HS Teacher )  Read >>
originally posted July 14, 2005...Richmond Times Dispatch Guestbook  / Barbara Moore (Richmond, VA) (HS Teacher )
To Mike's parents and family:
I am truly sorry for your loss. I taught Mike at DSF in my government class each day. He always had a smile and would comment on this world's state of affairs. He was a good guy. Will keep you in my thougts and prayers.

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originally posted July 12, 2005...Richmond Times Dispatch Guestbook  / Mike &. Cyndi Abell (Richmond, VA) (Parents)  Read >>
originally posted July 12, 2005...Richmond Times Dispatch Guestbook  / Mike &. Cyndi Abell (Richmond, VA) (Parents)
On behalf of Michael Paul Abell's family, this is Cyndi & Mike (his parents). We would like to somehow begin to thank you all for the many prayers & outpouring of love & support at this time of such great loss. Many of you may know we lost Michael's grandmother (Ma) the same day as Michael. All of the love of friends & family has been the foundation for our dealing and healing. It was great to have so many of you there at the memorial/celebration. 
There are people who were in touch that we didn't get a phone # or address for. So if you couldn't attend or didn't leave contact info in the guestbook, we would love to hear from you. Please call us at home at 804-204-1302 or email Wendy at
luv4lyf2@aol.com   A few people we have no idea how to get in touch with : Scooter, C. Petterson, Diane D Garrett, Annette M, Angel, Ashlea & Lauren, Megan L in SC.
   So many people have been there for us & we thank you all. Special thanks to: Michael's Bandmates (LND & MYA), Emily & Pop, Linda & MikeLabelle, Bill Callis Sr.(you know why), Lisa S, All the Painted Red Bands, Kenny at K&R Recording(Sorrow), Pastor Rocky Shearin, #921, #517, Russ K, Juan & Paula, Phyllis & Lorraine, Ann, Jay & Pam, Rebecca B (Thanks for your support), Ladybug (thanks for representing),
   We apologize to anyone we forgot to mention. Just so you know, those that were closest to Michael are all keeping close to each other and we're all doing well considering. As of now, the police are still investigating this as a homicide. We have to keep the utmost confidence in the detectives working the case. We will keep you informed as to the progress.
Once again, thank you all.
Our Love, Cyndi, Mike & Family & Christina

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originally posted July 6, 2005...Richmond Times Dispatch Guestbook  / Tom Chowning (Richmond, VA) (Friend)  Read >>
originally posted July 6, 2005...Richmond Times Dispatch Guestbook  / Tom Chowning (Richmond, VA) (Friend)
Mike was a good friend to me over the years. He will be truly missed. He was one of the funniest people I knew and was truly a great person. May he Rest in Peace.
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originally posted July 4, 2005...Richmond Times Dispatch Guestbook  / Annie Leffingwell (Richmond, VA) (Good Friend )  Read >>
originally posted July 4, 2005...Richmond Times Dispatch Guestbook  / Annie Leffingwell (Richmond, VA) (Good Friend )
Mike had touched my life in so many ways. He was a great friend, drummer, and an all around great person. Although I only knew Abell for 6 months, I felt as if he was one of my closest friends. Abell will truly be missed, and never forgotten. RIP Abell.
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originally posted July 3, 2005...Richmond Times Dispatch Guestbook  / Patrick Maloney (Richmond, VA)   Read >>
originally posted July 3, 2005...Richmond Times Dispatch Guestbook  / Patrick Maloney (Richmond, VA)
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originally posted July 3, 2005...Richmond Times Dispatch Guestbook  / Mike Labelle (Richmond, VA) (Uncle)  Read >>
originally posted July 3, 2005...Richmond Times Dispatch Guestbook  / Mike Labelle (Richmond, VA) (Uncle)
We will miss Michael Paul.. From seeing the many friends and family at the Celebration service, we could feel the infectious caring of his many friends and family. He was an amazing young man, a talented drummer and musician, his love of life was infectious.
He will be missed and remembered by many more. Among his gifts to his family and friends was his smile and an ability to make people laugh,he was always able to make you laugh.
His music and musical ability will be missed by many and especially those of his bandmates.

He was a special young man and made a mark for himself with his music and his thoughtfulness.
Too soon gone from this earth, loved by many, missed by all.
His Uncle Mike & Aunt Linda

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