'Fear killed' my son

Full story: Northwest Herald

John Kotiw was a terrified teenager when he fled from police officers during a routine traffic stop and plunged into the Fox River early Friday, his father said.
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nick kotiw

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i am the 13 yearold brother of john kotiw.i blame alot of people for his death lets start with the guy he was with that night,to all of the arabs that drove him to the addiction of drugs and alcohol.ive got one thing to say to all of you.IM COMING FOR YOU!!!!
Christie Kotiw

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Hi Nick, I'm your aunt. John stayed with us for a while. I think about him all the time. I'm sad for you and all of us. How can I help you? If you feel like it, please email me. ckotiw@aol.com
nick kotiw

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how can you help me? the only way you can help me is bringing john back can you do that?
jane walsh lindsay

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my heart goes out to nick whose brother was a victim of alcohol, drugs, and associating with toxic friends. Nick, please don't become another victim. you are understandably enraged over the untimely death of your brother. don't let that rage take over your life the way alcohol and drugs took over your big brother. try to use the anger to do something positive in memory of what was good about your brother. He made some bad choices; don't let negativity consume your life. there's a way out of this dark tunnel:try professional counseling, join a group of other survivors who are pissed about the same issues you are. it's something you'll never get over but you can get better. think about what john would want for his kid brother. being consumed with rage isn't much different than being addicted to substances: they both are negative control that'll surely ruin your life.
LITH IS GREAT

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Mar 21, 2007
 

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hey nick it the cops falt no one elses, they kill people every day they made him jump in there to escape, i would of to, made of fact i have.
nick kotiw

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who are you ....i dont kare how he died it just want justice from the ppl tht made his life miserable the time he lived with me

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When does personal responsibility come into play?
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I hate nat wolff
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nat is a freak
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I agree with the above poster...time for people to take accountability for themselves. If he was living in so much fear why didn't anyone do anything to help him out or get him out of that situation. Terrible that it happened, I feel bad, but this pointing fingers is silly.
nick kotiw

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Apr 29, 2007
 
silly who r u ppl ...tht was my brother who died there ...who the hell is nat...
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"i blame alot of people for his death lets start with the guy he was with that night,to all of the arabs that drove him to the addiction of drugs and alcohol.ive got one thing to say to all of you.IM COMING FOR YOU!!!!"
Who's silly?? I am sure its a terrible loss...but you can't just go about life blaming everyone for everything. Your bro is dead and its a terrible thing but ultimately he made decisions in his life that drove himself to his addictions. I hope you find a way to recover from this tragedy quickly
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When you point a finger to blame others--do you see that your other fingers point right back to you?

How can it be the police's fault that someone who was involved with drugs/alcohol and fleeing and eluding arrest? The cops did not physically force him to take drugs, drink alcohol, associate with bad people, or to make poor choices.

It is a sad, unfortunate, tragic thing that happened. However, people bring things like this upon themselves. It all boils down to choices....You have many many choices in life....if you make poor decisions...you will get poor results.

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May 4, 2007
 
My prays go out to the family/ The young man made is own choice . Can't put the blame on others.God bless you nick. god dose things for a reason it will all work out.
nick

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who the hell r u ppl

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people that care. We hope you don't do something dumb.
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One word of advice... Do not make any threats. "IM COMING FOR YOU!!!!" Not a good idea. Seek some help with your thoughts. I really feel your anger dude, but don't lower your self to their level. Your loss is a lesson for every body who reads this. Go on and mourn your loss, and be angry. Just don't do anything that you WILL regret. Trust me, not worth it.
nick

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who r u....not worth it u say...they should pay u didnt even no who my bro was so just keep ur thought s to urself

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May 13, 2007
 

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your bother should of not ran..
nick kotiw

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why so he could of went to jail

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