"I love that kid, god drafted him to the big leagues up above, with a huge contract. He will be playing with the angels,they are lucky to have him as their first baseman, to bad we are not going to be able to see him win the rookie of the year for the heaven's league. you will always be loved and remember."
Friday, March 26, 2010
By Randy Economy
Tonight, the City Council remembered the life of one of its very own "favorite sons" when they adjourned its meeting in the memory of Ryan Tiedeman.
Tiedeman, 18, a native son of this community of 55,000 residents was killed late Wednesday night in a horrific accident on the 5 and 605 Freeway in Santa Fe Springs that also claimed the life of his friend Jacob "Jake" Aragon, age 19 of Lakewood.
Cerritos City Councilman Jim Edwards, a longtime friend of the Tiedeman family, fought back tears as he broke the sad news to the community tonight. "This is one of those nights that you hope you never have to deal with, and Cerritos has lost a remarkable young man," said Edwards of the passing of Tiedeman.
Edwards read a prepared statement from the Tiedeman family, that talked about Ryan's deep roots here in Cerritos, (he was born at nearby La Palma Community Hospital), his childhood when he attended Mary Bragg Elementary School, and Ryan’s accomplishments as a standout student athlete at Gahr High School.
"Ryan was one of our Cerritos kids, who lived his whole life here in our community, and I am at a lost for words," said Edwards.
Tiedeman was also a promising baseball player with Rio Hondo College.
Councilman Edwards is a former coach at Gahr High School where Ryan was a star athlete.
It was a moving tribute.
Today the community is just beginning to fully understand the loss of these two young promising men.
Funeral arrangements have not been announced. As soon as they are available, I will be sure to post them here on my Blog.