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Domain Broker's Family Mourns the Loss of Their 13-Year-Old Daughter - Friends Seek Help For Them in Their Time of Need 

I received a heartbreaking message yesterday from veteran domain entrepreneurs Sean Stafford and Dan Kimball, two trusted friends that I have always had the utmost respect for (both of whom are also well known by many of our readers). They wrote to convey the tragic 

news that Brianna Berrier, the 13-year-old daughter of domain broker Matthew Berrier, had passed away under difficult circumstances last Friday and was laid to rest yesterday afternoon in the family's hometown,  Louisville, Kentucky (Before going into brokerage Matthew had worked for Sean and Dan when they owned DNS.com and he has been running his brokerage out of their current office).

Brianna, a math scholar who was still in middle school, was also a domainer. After her dad taught her the ropes she started assembling a little portfolio of her own and was running her own small business.  The loss of Brianna is the kind of news that is every parent's worst nightmare and with a daughter of my own I found it especially distressing. I can't imagine how difficult it would be to deal with such a loss.  

Sean said, "we know there is nothing that could ever solve or cure the wound they are enduring, but we do know the fiscal issue the family faces as a result of Brianna's untimely passing can be solved.  Dan and I setup a website at BriannaBerrier.com to take donations to help brunt the blow of the cost of the service."  Matthew remains the sole provider for his wife, their infant child and a 12 year old son.

If you are moved to do so, Sean said a donation of any amount would be greatly appreciated by the family (you can also donate directly to the fund's PayPal address - ourangelbrianna@yahoo.com). Starting with a goal of $10,000, he and Dan have been beating the bushes all week and, as of this writing, thanks largely to a great response from their friends in the domain industry, were less than $2,800 away from meeting it and taking a huge worry off of the Berrier family's backs at this already overwhelmingly difficult time.

For more information visit BrianaBerrier.com to learn more about this special young lady. Comments can be left on a blog page there and you will also see some touching photos of Brianna from the few short years she was with us. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Berrier family. 

(Posted April 18, 2013)  

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