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Md. family's loss of loved one compounded by theft of his music equipment

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From the time he was just a little boy, Aaron Reed loved to make music.

“Aaron's passion was music,” said his father, Brian. “He loved to listen to it. He loved to play it.”

At home in Columbia, Md., his mom and dad were always stumbling across bits of songs he had written.

“We used to find them all over the house -- folded up into squares,” his father said.

Nothing brought him joy like playing in a band.

“Aaron was completely different from me. I’m an engineer. If you're at A and you want to get to B, my attitude is you draw a straight line whereas Aaron would take a serendipitous path to it,” said Brian. “Right now, I'm such a better person because I’m going to start being more like Aaron. Enjoy the journey.”

But Aaron's journey ended much too soon. He had moved to Buffalo, N.Y. He returned home from work on January 26 and sometime during the night, he died unexpectedly.

Aaron was just 21 years old. He did have a minor heart condition, but his cause of death remains unknown.

His devastated father drove to New York to pick up Aaron’s things. He drove back to Columbia through a snowstorm. He locked the family van and discovered the next morning that everything was gone.

“Actually, I couldn't even catch my breath,” he said.

Among the items stolen were an acoustic guitar that Aaron had played for years and his prized Fender Stratocaster.

“Those are extensions of Aaron,” his father said. “It was like when we lost that equipment, we lost a part of Aaron that we thought we had and it was really heartbreaking.”

The Reed family is making a plea for the person who took the equipment to return it.

“No charges, no questions asked,” said Aaron’s father.

Meanwhile, Aaron’s parents and sister are creating a non-profit called The Pick Me Up Foundation -- that's the name of a song Aaron was working on when he died.

“The goal or the mission of the foundation is to provide resources to underprivileged kids to give them a chance to play music,” said Brian.

It was a chance Aaron was so grateful to have, if only for a little while.

For more information on the foundation and a list of items stolen, go to

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