I just got news that someone I briefly grew up with was shot and killed the other day by his neighbor over a property argument. The strange thing is that this guy was such bad news back when I knew him, we figured he had been dead for decades now. I mean, he'd start bar fights for the fun of it...he was a drug addict and a habitual liar...he wouldn't think twice of robbing you blind...but he was also ALWAYS the life of the party as he worked some kind of crazy angle. I mean, the cons he dreamed up were spectacular...and I'm talking about conning everyone (hot girls at bars, bartenders, store clerks...you name it). He was an evil genius. This guy moved into my childhood neighborhood when I was 21....he was maybe 23ish? I was his next door neighbor and we basically hung out in the evenings and drank a few beers together. We also both loved shooting pool though so before long, we were hitting the bars where we could play for small-time stakes...that was basically his "job". The guy loved to hustle others more than anything in life. I have some amazing stories with this ******* that I'll definitely share if folks are interested- we got questioned/arrested A LOT due to his stupidity! Approximately three months later, he had stolen from me and almost everyone in the neighborhood, the neighbor (his aunt/uncle) kicked him out and he was off to rehab. And I got a letter from him maybe six months later, saying that he was finishing up rehab and was truly sorry for all the crap he got me into. He said I was the only true friend he had ever had in life and it really bothered him that he blew it. I never wrote him back. A few days ago, his cousin posted on Facebook that a neighbor killed him- and it sounds like this guy completely turned his life around. He was a boat captain in Texas and had a wife and three kids, living a completely normal life and doing things the right way. And I just don't know how to feel about that...why the hell didn't I write the guy back and forgive him? Anyway, I just felt like I should tell a little of his story somewhere. Despite being very bad news, I have some awesome memories with him because of the constant crap he got us into. I'll have to tell a couple of the stories here since they're almost unbelievable.