NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - What a difficult 72 hours it's been for Louisiana football fans. First the death of Will Smith. The tragic ending to the life of a football player, born and raised in New York but plied his trade in the Midwest and in the deep South.
Gone far too soon at the young age of 34 to a gun mans bullet, we may never know exactly what happened that night in the Lower Garden District.
And then to wake up and find out that a beloved friend and colleague, Hokie Gajan, has also succumbed to his battle with cancer.
It's a lot to take in less than a week. Again there's still so much to find out about Smith and what exactly happened and did not happen, so I will hold judgment on that.
But when it comes to Gajan, it's easy to see that the world has lost a good man and that heaven has gained an a angel, a working man's angel.
Saints broadcast will never be the same again. If you knew Hokie, then you knew that what you saw is what you got. He never put on airs and No matter what he was going through, he always had a smile and extended a hand when saying hello.
The toughness that Hokie played with as a Saint came through during his in-game analysis.
It's a very difficult week to be a Saint and LSU football fan in our great state.
I haven't known Hokie for as long as most people have. I met him back to 2001 when I arrived in New Orleans and Hokie greeted me as if he had known me for years. The way he treats everyone, with a smile and handshake.
I'm honored to have known the man, listened to the man and be able to call this man, my friend.
They say things happen in threes but this week I hope that cliché is just that because I'm not sure our community could take another hit like this.
Rest in peace my friend.