According to Kara Gilhooly, when David James joined her twin brother's band, it was love-at-first-sight.
"This one time I was having a horrible, horrible day. I called him and asked if he could just come over. I needed to see him and he did not tell me what he was doing, but he went to the store directly after we got off the phone and got a card, and he wrote down all the reasons why he loves me," she recalled with tears in her eyes.
After a series of phone calls Sunday, all she has now are those memories and the two cats James gave her last Valentine's Day.
"I called his best friend Todd, who called me that morning, but the detective picked-up, and I already knew," she said. "I already knew."
James' body turned-up in Lake Lakawanna in the Putnam County-area of Hawthorne at noon Sunday about 100 yards off-shore. Authorites determed the death was a fresh water drowning, but they do not know what happened.
"We're still looking into it to see if there is anything else," Putnam County Sheriff's Office's Maj. Keith Riddick said.
The 19-year-old and his friends were staying at a lake house for the weekend, where they spent much of the time boating. James was known to be a weak swimmer, and then he went missing just before midnight on Saturday.
"We do know from the statements of the other five kids that there had been some drinking that weekend, but they say Mr. James was not a big drinker," Riddick said. "None of them had really thought he'd had that much to drink."
Detectives are still investigating James' death, while Gilhooly continues to focus on his life.
"I still think that he's at work and about to come pick me up," she said. "I still think I'm waiting by the phone for him. It's really hard."
James' funeral will be held Monday in Miami.
By Ted Latiak, WCJB TV20 News.
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