Josh Gad Emotionally Pays Tribute To Family Friend Who Lost His Son In The Parkland Shooting

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Josh Gad is highlighting the light in the darkness.

The Beauty and the Beast actor sent love to his family friend Max Schachter after the grieving father read a poem by his son Alex, who was killed in the Parkland school shooting last week.

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Max appeared on CNN‘s televised town hall on Wednesday night to read the 14-year-old’s free-verse poem he penned just two weeks before his death at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Watching the spectacle on TV, Gad was gutted over seeing his bereaved friend reading the deceased teen’s powerful words — which, ironically, were about the unpredictability of life.

He shared on Twitter:

Read Alex’s full poem and watch a clip of the town hall to hear Max perform it (below).

“Life is like a roller coaster/it has some ups and down/sometimes you can take it slow or very fast/ it may be hard to breathe at times/but you have to push yourself and keep going.

Your bar is your safety/it’s like your family and friends/You hold on tight and you don’t let go/But sometimes you might throw your hands up/Because your friends and family will always be with you.

Just like that bar keeping you safe at all times/ it may be too much for you at times/the twists, the turns, the upside downs/But you get back up/you keep chugging along/ eventually it comes to a stop/you won’t know when or how/but you will know that’ll be the time to get off and start anew/Life is like a roller coaster.”

Wow. Just tragic.

Keep standing up, Parkland — we’re here to support you.

[Image via CNN/Media Punch.]

Feb 22, 2018 10:55am PDT

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