Daniel KapisWhen Thomas and Denise Yakopin were writing up the guest list for their wedding, they decided to invite Daniel Kapis. From the sounds of things, they weren't particularly close with Kapis, and he definitely wasn't a relative. They kind of just knew him casually and wanted him to be there on their special day because he seemed "lonely" and didn't appear to have much in his life. Kapis happily accepted their invite, and even though the Yakopins told him not to buy them anything, he sprung for a card and a $25 gift card to the Olive Garden for the happy couple.
Sadly, though, Daniel Kapis, who's now very kindly being dubbed "Lonely Man" by the Daily Mail, never got to give Thomas and Denise his gift, because he was hit by a car and killed on his way to the joyous occasion. And if this isn't the saddest thing I've heard in a while, I'm not quite sure what is.
The Yakopins were devastated after hearing about what happened to Kapis, and Thomas posted a tribute to him on his Facebook page. Here's what he wrote:
Our friend Dan K. was hit and killed by a car crossing the highway on his way to our wedding. Words cannot express the grief my new wife and I have experienced trying to make sense of this loss. Denise loved Dan and purposed to show him the kindness of our LORD Jesus. Dan was a very special man. Everyday accidents happen, but rarely this close to home. If you would be so kind, pray for Dan's family, pray for the young man who hit and killed Dan, and pray for my lovely wife, Denise M. Yakopin.
I know. This is depressing. So depressing I actually thought twice about writing about this. "What's the point?" I thought. "It's only going to seriously bum people out." But then I realized two things. One, hearing stories like this often makes people want to be a little ... well, less jerky. Even if only for a little while. (It certainly had that effect on me.) And two, a nice silver lining to think about here is that Daniel died knowing that people really cared about him. As awful and ironic as this story is, I think it would have been so much worse if Daniel died before getting his invitation to the the Yakopin wedding.
It was incredibly kind for Thomas and Denise to invite Daniel to their wedding, and it's not something everyone would do. Be honest: Would you invite a person you're just kind of friendly with to your wedding because you thought it would be good for them? I'd like to say I would, but, if I'm being completely truthful, I can't say that would be the case.
Although weddings may seem like the biggest thing in the world when planning them, in the grand scheme of things, another guest isn't really that big of a deal. It's nice that Thomas and Denise were able to see that while in the midst of everything. Because I have a feeling their inviting Daniel to their wedding had more of an impact than any of us know.
RIP, Daniel; thoughts and prayers to his family.
What do you think of this?