James Kim's Body Found :( So Sad
by rewerb - 12/6/06 12:58 PM
It's been confirmed. His body has been found in a valley in a remote part of Oregon. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16070337/
Alex Brewer in Seattle
by: rewerb December 6, 2006 12:58 PM PST
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Re: James Kim's Body Found :( So Sad
Very sad indeed. Please convey my heartfelt condolences to his wife and kids. I know these words can not event begin to repair the loss but may be it will give some comfort to the aggrieved family that he was so popular and had so many well wishers. May god be with him in his eternal life.
Dr RK Singh
So sad. But let be strong and pull through this together.
I was following this story although I'm from a no-snow tropical country (Malaysia). I just returned from China where I first experienced snowfall. I realised for all its beauty, snow has its dangers .Never realised that it was someone I knew thru TV. I used to watch James on Tech TV on local satellite TV. God comfort his family.
It is truly a sad time for all who knew James Kim. Although I didn't know him, or always agree with his reviews -- I respected his view and thought he was a great editor, who was very entertaining to watch.
Hopefully his family will remember him as a great husband, and father who paid the ultimate price to save his family.
He tried his best and should be commended on that. If that little town were where he thought it was from looking at the maps, he'd be with us still.
Best wishes to his young family, hopefully they'll find the strength to continue through life without him, except for their memories.
Maybe his loss can help to prevent another
I grew up not far from where this incident occured.
This is rugged territory near the Rogue River wilderness area.
What concerns me is that if you plot a course from Merlin, Oregon to Gold Beach, Oregon on Yahoo Maps, it will guide you exactly the way the Kim's went. Problem is, there is a fork in the road along the way where you have a choice of 3 ways to go. Looks like they took the middle fork when they should have veered left. As for signs? Who knows if there were any there as in that part of the country, many of the forest road signs get shot up.
Regardless, this is not a good road to travel during the winter months. Hopefully his loss can teach us that just because your navigation system (whether it be Yahoo Maps, or an in-vehicle system) suggests a route, be aware that route may not be safe during certain times of the year. Even during good weather, it can take nearly 3 hours taking that route to go the 80 miles.
I hope others can learn from this incident so his loss was not for nothing.
I am truly sorry for the family's loss.
I just read this a.m. about James Kim and I want to express my sincerest condolensces to his family and all of the CNET staff that considered him a friend as well as a co-worker. As a tech PR person, I've never worked with James personally, but his name had crossed my path a few times. I can't begin to imagine what everyone who was close to him must be feeling right now. He was a very brave man and died a hero, but I know that offers only the smallest dot of comfort to his family. Again, my deepest sympathies are with all of James Kim's loved ones.
Any time we hear about a heroic deed, we always hope for the best news in the end. Unfortunately, that was not the case this time, but that does not take away from his bravery and efforts to rescue his loved ones.
James Kim, may your name live on as one of the heroes of our time, and set an example of the integrity and and determination that you displayed.
Our hearts go out to the Kim family, and may God be thanked for the safe return of his beloved wife and two little ladies.
It will never be easy to fathom what happened during that trip, or understanding and enduring many things ahead, but may the Kim family know that we offer our most earnest prayers and support for them in this time of mourning.
With all of our love and regards,
Adam and Arlyn Mrck
CNET Community Members
I was very sorry to hear about the tragic loss of James Kim. Thankfully his family is safe and my prayers go out to them.
read it on MSN.com
Like a song on the radio that you know except by name, I thought the name sounded familiar. Had the article not mentioned that he's affiliated with Cnet.com, it would've taken me longer to recall that I have read his articles and reviews here.
The news bit mentioned that when his familiy was recovered safely by locals, they had higher hopes that he could be found OK, but unfortunately, that was not case.
Cnet will definately go on just fine without him, but it certainly won't be as nice as it was.
To whom it may concern:
I know folks who would be willing to donate $ to help Mrs. Kim and her family--Is there a family fund set up? Pls. contact me with info. that I may pass alos to others!!
It was indeed very tragic to hear of Jame's death. My sincerest condolences go out to his family at this very tragic time
I don't believe in any god, I put things down to fate. But here is the thing, was it fate that said the whole family should end up in that spot in their car and die? Then James being a truly special person would not give in to fate,or accept that it could take his family, who were so precious to him. He most likely left the car, because he would not accept what fate threw down for him, and his family. He fought his way through the snow and rugged terrain to save his family. He fought so long and hard covering 10 mile, which was a super human effort. One could not know or comprehend the mental and physical torture that poor man went through for his family. But I know if it was me, and I knew the odds were not good, I would have looked to the sky and said if there is any kind of a god, please take me, if there is a god, take me, and let my family live. Maybe, if there is a god or gods they did look down at his suffering, and could not take his family knowing how hard he had struggled to save them. Maybe he was so good a person, and fought so hard to get help his plea was answered. Or maybe fate decreed that there had to be a price to pay for the rest of the family to live, and he paid the price with his life.
Either way, he was a very brave and courageous man, My heart goes out to his family, friends & colleagues. May he rest in piece, and his family live long, and carry his memory with them forever, I am sure that's what he would want. Please accept my deepest sympathy
I'm a devoted Christian, and the hardest thing to comprehend - even for someone as well versed in the bible as I - is how bad things can happen. What you say brought tears to my eyes. James Kim made what can only be called a super human effort; and he did it simply, so that his family could live. I pray to God that I would do the EXACT same thing in his position, to put the lives of those I hold dearest over my own.
As to whether there is a God - I think the answer to that is obvious. From the moment this was known, through various channels, there have literally been thousands praying for the safe return of the Kim's. And what has happened? The family that James Kim set out to save, were saved. That he did not make it is a tragedy too great to properly put to words, but can you imagine his joy in knowing that his prayers were answered.
Would they have been found had James not headed out? Was there some course of events that led directly to the safe return of Kati and the kids? We'll never know - but James now rests in peace, and I pray that he rests with my God in heaven, sound in the knowledge that his family was saved his fate.
They might have lost their husband, father and child, but the Kim's will never be alone; in our prayers, and in our hearts and mind, you all rest. May God bless you and keep you.
james kim body found
what a champion. im sure he truly will be missed.
I know I'm coming late to this thread to add my thoughts, but I just couldn't bring myself to come to the site for the last few days. I'm just heartbroken like everyone else. My prayers are with his wife, children and extended family, and that includes his CNet family. So, so sorry for your loss.
He left this world with courage and dignity. A very brave man. RIP.
James Kim's Body Found :( So Sad
Bad situation, the man did what a good man should. Went to get help knowing the risks he was taking. James was very brave and as sad as it is his family must understand that sometimes bad things happen to good people. They should be proud and know he will always be with them to answer their questions, they will have to learn how to understand his answers. You will get through this and you will feel happiness once again. James wants you to be happy and enjoy life. God bless all of you.
We need to keep this from happening to someone else
This tragedy affected us deeply. Not only did Kim show superhuman devotion by trying to save his family, but this could have been prevented.
We started http://www.travelsafely.us so that people across the U.S. could help one another with up to the minute and "on the ground" information regarding roads, routes, and other tips. It was the best way we felt we could honor James.
We need to keep this from happening to someone else.