I was at the prom the year Berlyn Cosman was shot and killed (“Man convicted of killing CV student on prom night granted parole,” Oct. 22). I was a recent Crescenta Valley High School graduate on a date with a then-current student (though not at the party).
I had followed Berlyn's basketball career in the Glendale News-Press. I was coincidentally walking by Paul Crowder's house the day after the shooting, at the exact same time he was arrested after fleeing to his home.
I went to Berlyn's funeral later that week in Montrose. I later became friends with others who were at the party (they were frequent customers of the late, great Enterprise Arcade on Foothill Boulevard). Crowder's brother played basketball at Crescenta Valley High the next couple years and had to live with what his brother did.