After getting heroin for free for some time, his older friend then put him on the streets of Hollywood to earn his way. He was a runaway for years and nobody in my family sought help for him. My fondest memories of my brother are when he'd play house with me as a kid. I miss him.
My brother was disowned by the rest of my family, but over the years we kept in touch. Even if I had to call his parole officer to see how he was, I still kept in touch with him.
The last time I spoke to my brother was December 1997. He called me and told me he had Aids. He was clean. He was dying. I never got to see him before he died. I was battling my own disease of addiction, using meth.
I tried to tell my older brother that Ricky had Aids and he was dying, but he didn't care. I am clean and sober today, and I am trying to stay that way. No one should have to die alone, without family like my brother did.
I too have been disowned by this family. But, I am in recovery now. I have a better family today.
Ricky, wherever you are, you were always loved by me.
Love your sister,
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