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on Apr 12, 2012
My condolences to the family during this difficult time. No one should ever have to bury their child.
I drive right through the area where this unfortunate tragedy took place every single day to and from work. Sometimes I'm in that area just before 9pm if I work a late shift. Since this tragedy, I've not been able to drive through that stretch of Shoreline and not think of what happened. I didn't know Eric, but he sounds like a very nice young man. I'm so terribly sorry this happened and my heart goes out to Eric's family and friends.
Erik Onorato was an incredible person. There is literally nothing bad that can be said of him. He was one of the most gentle hearted people I have ever known and although we lost touch a few years ago, it is still heart breaking to know that he is no longer walking among us. When he had something on his mind, or was upset about something, or even when he simply had a few hours to spend, he would bike to the airport and just sit for hours watching the planes take off and land. I find comfort in knowing that he can watch them not only take off and land, but that he can watch them fly now, always. I have been and will continue to pray for his family Debbie, Greg, Ryan and Jarod. I know that nobody can possibly imagine what you guys are going through and I will never be able to express how sorry I am for the beautiful person you, and the rest of this world, has lost. Just know that he loved you with all of himself. There was a time when he told me how grateful he was for the amazing mother and father he had, and that he wanted nothing more than for his brothers to be happy and to know that he loved them. Rest in peace Erik...you will be so greatly missed...
My husband used to work with Erik's mom. We are very upset to learn this news. My heart goes out to his family. I cannot possibly fathom what you are going through. Our deepest sympathy to the Onorato family.
I had the pleasure of meeting Erik through my husband, his flight instructor. My husband could not stop talking about what an amazing, capable pilot he was and how he loved flying him. When I first met him, I instantly got along with him. What an amazing, beautiful person. He was kind, funny and crazy smart...not to mention he had excellent taste in music! I just wish I had more time with him...that's all I keep thinking. When I heard of the news, I couldn't stop sobbing. I feel such a heavy loss. I just wish i had more time with him. He was so sweet so incredibly sweet and humble. I pray with all my heart that I will see him again someday. I never met his parents but wow, what an amazing person they raised...I don't think I will ever come across someone like him ever again. Rest in peace Erik, you will always be dearly loved!
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