Apple CEO Steve Jobs places sympathy call to family of boy slain over iPod

“As Errol Rose made preparations on Monday to bury his 15-year-old son, Christopher, who was killed last week in Brooklyn during a fight over an iPod, he received a telephone call from a stranger. The man spoke in tones that the grieving father said had momentarily quieted his anguish,” Kareem Fahim reports for The New York Times. “The stranger, Mr. Rose soon learned, was Steve Jobs, chief executive of Apple Computer, the company that makes the iPod.”

“‘I didn’t know who he was,’ Mr. Rose said yesterday. ‘He called me on my cellphone, at 4 maybe. Or maybe it was 5.’ Mr. Rose said he had stopped noticing the passage of time since his son was killed,” Fahim reports. “The men spoke for a few minutes. Calling him by his first name, Mr. Jobs asked how Mr. Rose was doing, he said, and conveyed his sympathies. ‘He told me that he understood my pain,’ Mr. Rose said. ‘He told me if there is anything – anything – anything he could do, to not be afraid to call him. It really lightened me a bit.'”

Fahim reports, “One of Mr. Jobs’s assistants contacted a reporter for The New York Times on Monday and asked for Mr. Rose’s telephone number. ‘Some people talk to you like they’re something remote,’ Mr. Rose said. ‘He was so familiar. After every word, he paused, as if each word he said came from his heart. We live in a world which is changing rapidly. We have the technology that can give us the iPod and everything else, but it’s not all these things. We have to work on the minds and the hearts. We’re failing these kids. We’re not loving them like we’re supposed to.'”

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  1. Agreed… the lack of true parenting in this country is gonna come back to haunt us all if we, individually, don’t do something to stop it, shape it, teach it, and LIVE it in our own homes first. It’ll be very sad if this whole episode becomes just one more dividing racial issue rather than a human issue.

  2. It seems to me when the subject of giving comes up, the monetary donations of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation manages to capture the limelight of his ardent supporters and the news media – so be it. Furthermore, I’ve read posts in previous articles at MDN (concerning similar subjects) from people mercilessly bashing the apparent lack of donations from Steve Jobs.

    That which Steve Jobs gave to Errol Rose is priceless – he gave a piece of himself. I believe that this was one father reaching out and speaking to another. What greater gift can there be between people?

    Well done Steve Jobs, and my sincere condolences Errol Rose in such a senseless loss! My prayers are with you!

  3. You know, we all love these little gadgets that fill our world with music, connect us to one another, and help us to grow, but we all strive for one thing: to be happy. These gadgets will never make us happy. They could only make us happier. Without the foundation of love, nothing else matters. I hope Christopher is in heaven where no one cares if you have a Mac or an iPod. I wish everyone would take their freaking earphones off for once and talk to one another. This iPod culture is turning people into robots. I believe Steve understand that. He came close to dying not long ago and learned his lesson before it was too late. My already high opinion of him just skyrocketed.

  4. HAving 2 kids myself – I can’t imagine a more heart breaking senario of losing your kids.

    Life is so fragile, I remember my girl being born, the midwife rushed her out of the room as soon as she came out. We had no idea whether she was alive let alone ok. For 5 miniutes every possible thought went through our heads; from is she breathing or is there something seriously wrong with her.

    She was ok, thank god, but going through that makes u realise that kids are everything, and that losing them is the worst thing any parent can go through.

    Well done steve – your a saint among devils – god bless you and your family.

    Pete, Vicky, Matthew (age 5), Rosie (age 2) and Poppy (our cat).

  5. THIS is why I am an Apple customer.

    My hat is off to you Mr. Jobs. It is so hard to be excited about companies anymore, but Apple is an exception.

    Kudo to Apple and Steve Jobs

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