Date: Thu 01/23/03 05:22AM
From: Ryan Eicholtz

Message: hi, i'm Tyler's 3rd cousin , i met Tyler maybe twice in my life, and both times i was very young, my parents said that they saw a lot of Tyler in me, after hearing and reading all the stories, i hope i can be half the man Tyler was. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. You'll always be in my heart

Ryan Eicholtz

Date: Thu 01/23/03 05:10AM
From: Anonymous

Message: I did not know Tyler but hearing the tragic news of his death brought back memories of a similar situation that happend in September. I am a 2001 graduate of Barnesville MN. On September 22nd, we lost a dear friend,Ben Kotta. He was killed in a car accident and like Tyler he left behind his mom,dad,sister and girlfriend. He also had a bright smile and a personality that could lighten up any room. It's hard to imagine life without someone who is close to you. You have to know that life will go on. It will be hard but it will happen. It's funny because you don't think of the goofy things that remind you of that person until they are gone. All I can say to Tyler's friends, family and loved ones is that you have to be strong. Live every day like it is your last. Remember Tyler for the person he was and keep his spirit alive.

You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Keep smiling kid!

Date: Thu 01/23/03 04:55AM
From: Janna

Message: "You have one new voice mail." I began to listen to the message from my mom when I returned from class on Thursday morning. "Grandma Eunie called with some sad news this morning..." I knew the message couldn't go anywhere but downhill from that point. Mom went on to briefly explain what happened to Tyler. My heart wrenched as I read the articles on the internet in which his uncle John was quoted. He is my uncle, too. I thought about what the family is going through and how difficult it would be to have lost a cousin on the Thorson side of the family. Situations like these always remind me how important it is to tell friends and family you love them and to make the most of our life here on earth.

Tyler seems to be an amazing person and to have made an great impact on the people around him in his short life. I hope you don't forget the many great memories you shared with him. Steve, Lisa, Erin, Cara, Eicholtz's, Oxton's, friends and family, I wanted to let you know that people in Sioux Falls, South Dakota are praying for you.

In Christ,

Date: Thu 01/23/03 04:14AM
From: Amanda Bender

Message: Dear Family of Tyler:

Hi my name is Amanda, I am a 16 year old Junior from Lake Park, MN.. I heard about Tyler in the paper and my thougths and prayers are with you. I know what it is like to be in a situation like yours. In October, I love my friend Amanda and my great grandmother all in 1 day and I tell you I know what it feels like. I always will know that I am getting through this because thats what they would have wanted. I am just thankful that I knew them for the time that I did. Its hard because Amanda was only 15 and she had so much to live for but I now know that she is in a better place and will always be there for me. Cherish the memories that you had with Tyler and cherish them always. Just remember there are people here for you that care and understand. God Bless You

May God Bless You

You Are In My Thoughts And Prayers

Amanda Bender

Date: Thu 01/23/03 03:54AM
From: Kelly D. Bruhn

Message: I remember meeting Tyler when I was in 7th grade. What a character! I can just see him walking in with his pants that were too short and his big doc marten shoes. His quit whit was definitely developing. Even in 7th grade I remember him talking of his sister and you could just feel the love that he had for her.
Over the years I have seen Tyler grow from a 7th grade jokester to a little more mature 12th grade jokester. I always admired the kid in him.
Tyler loved to get me stirred up. I swear any conversation that we had resulted in him telling me what I needed to do.
We actually had a talk about his immaturity (this was after he threw a piece of food in the lunch room and claimed he didn't do it). I asked him when he planned to not be immature. He told me his secret plan. His plan was to "live it up" in high school and become mature in college. He always told me that I needed to live more and have fun.
Another funny story that I can't resist telling, is the story involving my mother saying that Tyler was a cutie. In junior high, Tyler always seemed to walk in front of my mom's car when she was picking me up. She always commented on how cute of a guy he was. I recently told Tyler this. He got a kick out of it and constantly asked me if my mom still thought he was "hot."
I feel honored to have known Ty. It's hard to think of moments when Tyler wasn't smiling. He had that great smile.
As Tyler always told me, I need to have fun and not be so serious. Well Ty, I want you to know that I definatelly plan to "live it up". You will always have a special place in my heart and mind.
I would like Steve, Lisa, Erin, and Cara to know that my prayers are with them.
It brings me comfort to know that Tyler is in a better place and that when God says it is time, I will see him again.
I would like to end with this. The more I look at my friends, the more I see a characteristic of Tyler in them. I hope that everyone has a Tyler Eicholtz attitude and desire in them.

In Friendship,
Kelly D. Bruhn

Date: Thu 01/23/03 02:17AM
From: Anonymous

Message: This is something that I came across and hope that Tyler's family will like! I had never had the pleasure of meeting Tyler, but I am sure that I would've loved him like everyone else.

"He Only Took My Hand"

Last night while I was trying to sleep,
My son's voice I did hear,
I opened my eyes and looked around,
But he did not appear.

He said, "Mom, you've got to listen,
You've got to understand,
God didn't take me from you, mom,
He only took my hand.

When I called out in pain that day,
The moment that I died,
He reached down and took my hand,
And pulled me to His side.

He pulled me up and saved me
From the misery and pain.
My body was hurt so badly,
I could never be the same.

My search is really over now,
I've found happiness within,
All the answers to my empty dreams
And all that might have been.

I love you all and miss you so,
And I'll always be nearby.
My body's gone forever,
But my spirit will never die.

And so, you must all go on now,
And live, and understand...
God did not take me from you,
He only took my hand."

- Author Unknown

Date: Thu 01/23/03 02:16AM
From: Emily Rosin

Message: no i didn't know tyler at all but i know him through my sister's best friend Dave Laugtug. Im so sorry about your loss. From the stories i've heard i know he was a great kid. I just wanted to let you know im praying for you family and friends.Just letting you know Ty, Your family and Dave love ya.

Emily Rosin

Date: Thu 01/23/03 02:11AM
From: Paul Hoghaug

Message: I'm deeply saddened by the news of Tyler's death. I only met Tyler a couple times at my father's lake cabin, where he was helping Nick with staining the cabin. I have to admit, most of the time, such a brief meeting would leave no mark upon me. I've met many friends of Nick and Chris at the lake, with no one really sticking in my memory. However, when my father called me with the news, I immediately knew who he was talking about. In our short time together, Tyler definitely made an impression on me. If I could use one word to describe him, it would be GENUINE. The kid just seemed so nice and so sincere for someone his age. Nick had me show him a couple magic card tricks and we had some fun with that. Then, they were off to do their thing and that was it. Obviously, that doesn't make me an expert on who Tyler Eicholtz was, but do you know, how sometimes you immediately get a feel for a person? I had that about Tyler! I remember telling my dad at dinner that night "Nick's friend Tyler is a good kid," to which he and Laurie told me how he was such a great friend to Nick.

I'm so sorry for your loss. I know that Tyler touched many many lives in his 18 years, someone like that never dies.

Paul Hoghaug
Minneapolis, MN

Date: Thu 01/23/03 01:24AM
From: Anonymous

Message: A song for Tyler...

One More Day

Diamond Rio

Last night I had a crazy dream

A wish was granted just for me

It could be for anything

I didn't ask for money

Or a mansion in Malibu

I simply wished, for one more day with you

One more day

One more time

One more sunset, maybe I'd be satisfied

But then again

I know what it would do

Leave me wishing still, for one more day with you

First thing I'd do, is pray for time to crawl

Then I'd unplug the telephone

And keep the TV off

I'd hold you every second

Say a million I love you's

That's what I'd do, with one more day with you

Leave me wishing still, for one more day

Leave me wishing still, for one more day

We love you and miss you Tyler.. you will remain in our hearts forever!

Date: Thu 01/23/03 00:55AM
From: Jennifer

Message: I didn't even know Tyler, and yet this whole situation has affected me so much. I had a friend who was killed in a car accident a few years back, so I know how hard it is to cope with losing someone you really care about so tragically. It's so unfair, and Tyler did not deserve to have his life end like this. I'll be praying for his family and friends, and everyone else that knew him. God bless.