Aidan Remembered by a High School Classmate

Mackenzie Witnauer is 18 years old.

My name is Mackenzie Witnauer and I knew Aidan for a short amount of time during our sophomore year. I wasn’t his closest friend but he is someone who I have kept a fond memory of. I was a TA for the counseling office at Ashland High-school. On Aidan’s first day of school I was assigned to show him around the campus so he had an understanding of where his classes were. I showed a lot of students around campus on their first days but I had never had someone like Aidan. The other kids were shy and didn’t talk much, but Aidan was so chatty and I could tell right away that he had a very bubbly personality. He was so enjoyable to be around and I remember there was nothing silent or awkward about giving him that tour. We kept conversation the whole time, he was cracking jokes and making me laugh, instantly I knew that I wanted to be his friend. After school I introduced him to some of my friends, and he became friends with them. Aidan was such a likable person he had no problem making friends. For a few months I would hangout at the place he was staying with his friend Jerel, every single time we were there Aidan would make us feel so welcome, and always made sure we were having a good time. I am so happy that I got to be a part of his life. He was such a caring, amazing, funny, intelligent young man and he has a special place in my heart.