If you've read any of our motherboard reviews from around 2005 - 2009, chances are you're familiar with the name Gary Key. He was a member of the AT team, heading up motherboard reviews and helping me out with a lot of our CPU/chipset coverage on the site during that time. Gary now works at ASUS, but I still view him as part of the AnandTech family. Last month his 15 year old daughter, Abby, was involved in a fatal car crash in Oklahoma.

I originally wanted to do a post last month when it happened, but I shied away from doing so in order to give the Key family more privacy. I've been speaking with Gary regularly since it happened and believe that the time is now right.

I'd never met Abby. Gary was at my house a few weeks before all of this happened. Abby needed a Mac for some college classes she was taking, so I gave her one of my old MBPs. She loved that notebook. Gary told me that she'd send pictures of it to her friends, along with her latest pair of toe socks - her other recent obsession. She loved pink. That bright pink MeMO Pad HD7 sample? It was destined for Gary, and then Abby.

Gary was always a proud father. And understandably so. He'd always tell me about how well Abby was doing in school and about how they were in trouble since she expressed interest in eventually going to Duke. She was a straight A student, excited about becoming a Junior in high school next year.

He always told me about how kind hearted Abby was. I've learned more about her desire to help and support others more since her passing than I ever knew before. I'm saddened that the world has lost a wonderful person with such potential. I've been getting regular updates from Gary, photos of Abby, notes on things she used to love to do, and every single time the emails bring me to tears.

Gary has been doing incredibly well with all of this. I can't imagine anyone being stronger than he has been over these past few weeks.

Here's where you all come in. If you've ever read anything Gary wrote, if he ever helped you in any way, or if you just want to lend some words of support to an honestly wonderful person and his family - please feel free to do so in the comments below. Gary didn't ask for me to do a post here, but I'm sure he and his family would really appreciate any kind words from his virtual family at AnandTech. 



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  • xinthius - Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - link

    Touching article, RIP Abigail. Reply
  • Indigo64 - Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - link

    I am actually very familiar with Gary's posts, and have always appreciated the insights. When I was 16 (and to date myself, that was 2 years before Anandtech was founded) I lost someone very close to me in similar circumstances, she was the same age as Abby. Anand's post here resonated on that old nerve once again, and I remember the pain vividly. I hope you continue to be strong through all of this Gary (and family), and I will still be here to keep reading your reviews and writeups for as long as you keep posting them on AT. Thanks for everything you've done, and I hope you can find the peace you need and deserve. I am so sorry for your loss. (P.S. Thx for the heads up Anand) Reply
  • Jaegs - Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - link

    What a tragedy, my condolences go out to the family. Its always horrible to hear of freak accidents like this and the senseless destruction caused. Reply
  • jnmfox - Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - link

    My condolences. Thanks for all your great articles from the Anandtech of old. Reply
  • twotwotwo - Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - link

    :( Sorry to hear it. Good thoughts to everyone going through it. Reply
  • cbutters - Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - link

    My deepest condolences to Gary and his family. Life is so very fragile, its astounding when we are forced to stop and think about it. Reply
  • haxor911 - Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - link

    My condolences for the loss. The article was touching and makes me happy to give away used tech to students and to those in need. Reply
  • richardlai - Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - link

    My deepest condolences to Gary and his family. I also lost a friend recently, and I can only imagine how difficult it is for the parents. Life is too fragile.

    Rest in peace, Abby.
  • scavio - Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - link

    Heartbreaking. My deepest sympathies to you and your family. Reply
  • silverblue - Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - link

    RIP Abigail... I cannot begin to understand what her family must be going through. My thoughts are with you. Reply

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