Shari Francois said. “When I woke up I had my letters, but I did not have my son.”
P.J. Francois was the valedictorian for the Kuna High School graduating class of 2014.
His uncle, Doug Francois, described him as a sweet and passionate person who always greeted him with a hug. In a letter he read at the funeral, he told Francois’ parents that their son changed the world by being a humble, devoted and caring young man.
Francois was attending Boise State University where he was studying to become a doctor. He also planned to marry his high school sweetheart, Jordan.
“He was a man who wanted to help everyone he met,” Jordan said. ”He infused magic into any relationship he had. Ours was truly a fairy tale.”
While attending high school, Francois became a certified nurses aid, and after graduation he kept a job at Brookedale Senior Living in Boise. His nickname at the senior living center was also “Prince Peter.” Pastor Keith Waggoner of the Grace Bible Church, where the memorial was held, said the residents enjoyed the nickname because Francois always treated them like royalty.
Shari Francois described her son as a young genius. He learned to read by age 4, and by kindergarten, he was reading at a third-grade level. He was a “pizza, pasta and bread” kind of boy whose favorite candy was Skittles.
He used to give his mother flowers on a regular basis to express his love.
“When it was out of season for flowers, he would draw pictures of him giving me flowers,” she said.
On Francois’ off time, he participated in a local speed skating team at the Nampa Roller Drome — the same skate team Chelsey Malone’s children are on today.
Chelsey Malone, 23, was fatally stabbed in November in Nampa.
Malone’s parents, friends with the Francois family, joined the group at the funeral. They were possibly the only ones who could understand the deep pain experienced after losing a child.
“I cried for the whole family,” said Vicky Malone, Chelsey Malone’s mother.
On Dec. 28, Shari was listening to “10,000 Reasons (Bless My Soul)” by Matt Redman, a Christian rock artist, when she received the knock on the door from the police. On Saturday, the family played the song one more time for the audience. Friends and family leaned on each other crying while some sang along to the popular anthem.
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