Country singer Tyler Rich says he feels as though fate led him to discover a dead body during a run on New Year’s Eve.
"Not the way I planned on closing out 2020... My heart breaks for this poor young man," the singer wrote. "This will be an image and moment of my life, I’ll never forget."
WWLP reports that a body was discovered at the park on Thursday afternoon. The outlet stated that it was unclear if the death is being investigated as suspicious. The Chicopee Police Department has not immediately replied to Oxygen.com’s request for comment.
Rich tweeted that he was a couple of miles into a run when he came across what he thought was a "young homeless man sleeping."
"I realize he isn't breathing, and as I get around to the front of him, all I see is a lifeless face covered in blood,” he wrote. “Everywhere. Looked like maybe shot, or blunt force.”
The “Radio” singer approached a couple who let him use their phone. He said he then "spent about an hour doing statements with state troopers, FBI, local police, detectives, etc."
Rich tweeted that he spoke to the deceased man’s mother and said he learned that he and the man “had a ton in common,” including an interest in horror movies and pop punk. He noted that the mom said that the last text between her and her son was at 11:11 am. Rich found the man's body about 45 minutes later.
He wrote that he feels like finding the body was fate.
"They say when you see 11:11, that angels are with you, and to wish for whatever you want,” he wrote. “To feel at ease. That the universe is on your side. A lot of you know my song ‘11:11’ is about loss. So anytime I see those numbers, it resonates with me. This specific series of little events is somehow bringing comfort to his family, and myself."
The singer said he is available to anyone who wants to talk.
"Community is so important, remember to tell people how much you love them, & to talk to someone, anyone, when you are feeling lost and alone, cause you’re not," he stated.
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