We Mourn the Loss of Chester

By Brook

It is with a heavy heart that we share the news of Chester Bennington's death. Chester lived across the walkway from me in a townhouse during 2001 with his wife, Samantha, and his dog. His dog and my dog became friends, but I had no idea who he was. When the main kid in our group announced he wanted to do a community service project and have Linkin Park perform at a benefit for pediatric hospice, I was thrilled to learn Chester was a neighbor. Through Chester, I asked and the Linkin Park said yes. Chester and the band not only did the gig, for free, but came into the Founder's Room and spent some special time with kids who were on hospice. He changed their lives. He boosted the launch of Young Angels and he will be forever in our hearts. As AEG's Larry Vallon put it the night of the event, "You have magic in a bottle here tonight." He was so right.temp-post-image

Chester Bennington, House of Blues, Young Angels first event. 2002.