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Old 03-22-2005, 01:08 PM   #1
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Nebraska child prodigy dead in apparent suicide

VENANGO, Neb. He took his first high school class at six and graduated at ten. At 14, authorities think he killed himself.

Brandenn Bremmer was found dead at his Nebraska home this week with a gunshot wound to the head.

Bremmer was a musical prodigy studying piano improvisation at Colorado State University. He began playing piano at age three and was home-schooled through high school -- finishing his junior and seniors years in seven months.

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it is.
it just makes me think of how important childhood is!
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Whoa...

Very sad . High school at six? Yeowza...

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You have to wonder if there was too much pressure on him, either self-imposed or from outside sources
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He graduated at 10, killed himself at 14

Concert pianist, scholastic whiz was shot in head; `He knew he had to leave,' mother says

By Sharon Cohen

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He started reading as a toddler, played piano at age 3 and delivered a high school commencement speech in cap and gown when he was just 10 -- his eyes barely visible over the lectern.

Brandenn Bremmer was a child prodigy: He composed and recorded music, won piano competitions, breezed through college courses with an off-the-charts IQ and mastered everything from archery to photography, hurtling through life precociously.

Then, last Tuesday, Brandenn was found dead in his Nebraska home from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head.

He was just 14. He left no note.

``Sometimes we wonder if maybe the physical, earthly world didn't offer him enough challenges and he felt it was time to move on and do something great,'' his mother, Patricia, said from the family home in Venango, Neb., a few miles from the Colorado line.

Brandenn showed no signs of depression, she said. He had just shown his family the art for the cover of his new CD that was about to be released.

He was, according to his family and teachers, an extraordinary blend of fun-loving child and serious adult. He loved Harry Potter and Mozart. He watched cartoons and enjoyed video games but gave classical piano concerts for hundreds of people -- without a hint of stage fright.

``He wasn't just talented, he was just a really nice young man,'' said David Wohl, an assistant professor at Colorado State University, where Brandenn studied music after high school. ``He had an easy smile. He really was unpretentious.''

Patricia Bremmer -- who writes mysteries and has long raised dogs with her husband, Martin -- said they both knew their son was special from the moment he was born. The brown-haired, blue-eyed boy was reading when he was 18 months old and entering classical piano competitions by age 4.

``He was born an adult,'' his mother said. ``We just watched his body grow bigger.''

He scored 178 on one IQ test -- a test his mother said he was too bored to finish.

Brandenn's life

Brandenn was home-schooled. By age 6, when many little boys are learning to read, he was ready to tackle high school. He enrolled in the Independent Study High School in Lincoln through the University of Nebraska, taking most of his courses by mail.

``He was such a breath of fresh air,'' recalls Lisa Bourlier, associate principal at the school. ``It's unusual to find a student 6 years old willing to shake hands with adults and say, `Hi, my name is Brandenn, this is what I want to do.' ''

In a college preparatory program, Brandenn took his classes in clusters -- all science at one time, all social studies at another -- and ``zipped through,'' said Bourlier.

His mother said his mind was so facile that if a topic interested him, he could complete a semester's work in 10 days. She sometimes worried she couldn't keep pace with her son's intellect, and the family hired tutors.

``He set the pace,'' she said. ``We only did what he wanted. (We might say) `Instead of taking three classes, why don't you take one?' We let him make his own choices from the time he was an infant.... He always made good choices.''

For his senior class photo, Brandenn temporarily darkened his hair, wore a red cape and round wire-rimmed glasses and posed with a suspended broom -- the spitting image of Harry Potter.

At age 10, he became the youngest graduate of his high school and he delivered a commencement speech, saying he was so unusual he practically ``qualified for the endangered species list.''

``He carried himself very well,'' recalled Bourlier. ``He did just a very nice job for being 10. During the ceremony, he gave this excellent little speech. He was just so composed.... Then afterward, he was running around with his nieces and nephews just a few years younger than him.''

Brandenn was taking biology at Mid-Plains Community College in North Platte, Neb., and had recently decided he wanted to become an anesthesiologist. He also studied for years at Colorado State, polishing piano skills that had won him state competitions and a table-full of trophies.

Brandenn turned away from his classical roots and started writing his own spiritual, New Age-style music, passing on a demo of one piano piece to the musician Yanni at a Nebraska concert. He released a CD called Elements and gave concerts in Colorado and Nebraska. He was booked for a concert in Kansas next year.

Coping with the loss

His music will live on -- the Bremmers' plan to release his second CD for fans who range from nuns to cancer patients to the owners of a New York restaurant where diners can listen to the soothing melodies of Brandenn Bremmer.

His family, meanwhile, wonders why he is gone.

``We're trying to rationalize now,'' his mother said. ``He had this excessive need to help people and teach people.... He was so connected with the spiritual world. We felt he could hear people's needs and desires and their cries. We just felt like something touched him that day and he knew he had to leave'' to save others.

And so, she said, Brandenn's kidneys were donated to two people, his liver went to a 22-month-old and his heart to an 11-year-old boy.

Patricia Bremmer said in the days since her son's death, she and others have felt his presence. Her husband, she said, was comforted to find a message under his computer mouse pad their son had written six years ago: ``I love you dad. No matter what happens, I'll always love you.''

She wished that she, too, could have that sort of solace. She started rummaging through drawers to stay busy and came across five handmade cards from Brandenn with the same loving message.

Finding them, she said, ``just made it so much easier.''

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it's incredible, when i heard it in the news i couldn't believe my ears. where were his parents, where was his family....
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this is very sad.
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I was a smart child (although I can never compare to the apparent genius of this kid), but for all the intellectual praise I received, I was very depressed over feeling "aloof" and "different" from everyone else. I would have given up my intellect anyday to feel as if I could relate with the world around me. As I've gotten older, those feelings have somewhat subsided, although I'd be lying if I didn't say I still felt "aloof."

It's possible, maybe, that he felt the same way, but amplified. I feel sorry for him, really. Sometimes you just can't escape your own nature. I just wish, if that was the case, he could have found an equal somehow. Somewhere.

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Too close to home for me right now.
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Too close to home for me right now.
. Same with you, melon.

Man, this kid sounded amazing. I feel so lazy next to him-the only thing I could probably relate to with him is that I, too, was reading at a very young age-started at 2. But he most definitely surpasses me in so much of this other stuff, it's incredible.

I don't doubt that being that accomplished at things at that young an age can definitely have an effect on someone-the pressures and everything involved. Just a very sad ending to all of this. May he rest in peace.
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I was a smart child (although I can never compare to the apparent genius of this kid), but for all the intellectual praise I received, I was very depressed over feeling "aloof" and "different" from everyone else. I would have given up my intellect anyday to feel as if I could relate with the world around me. As I've gotten older, those feelings have somewhat subsided, although I'd be lying if I didn't say I still felt "aloof."

It's possible, maybe, that he felt the same way, but amplified. I feel sorry for him, really. Sometimes you just can't escape your own nature. I just wish, if that was the case, he could have found an equal somehow. Somewhere.

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I notice that often extremely bright people seem to struggle with intense depression more than people of "normal" intelligence.

My mom told me that when my brother was little he was evaluated by a psychologist who specialised in children of very high intellect. At the end of the evaluation this guy told my parents that my brother was indeed very, very bright, but that he "would never be truly happy." My mom said she thought that was an awful thing to say, but in the decades that followed (my brother is now 47) she realized it's really very true. Certainly he has happy times, but I would in no way describe my brother as essentially happy.
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i just dont care much anything on and around me or whats happening in this world..

because if i did , i wont be existing..

i will handle this news in the same... stronger version of aloofness is better than words that mean nothing
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I notice that often extremely bright people seem to struggle with intense depression more than people of "normal" intelligence.
It doesn't help either that I'm very depressed right now and very angry at the world. I'm so fucking goddamn tired of being unemployed and watching the bills pile up. And watching the job that you hoped for go to the "internal candidate" yet again? How can I fucking become an "internal candidate" if I can't fucking get inside to begin with?

Maybe this kid figured it out early. Life isn't worth it, and unless your a straight WASP, God hates you too.

Maybe I should kill myself too and do God a favor. After all, He was too stupid to get His creation right the first time.

I'm not going to kill myself, because I'm scared of death as much as I hate life.

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Maybe this kid figured it out early. Life isn't worth it, and unless your a straight WASP, God hates you too.
I can't possibly begin to believe that.

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Maybe I should kill myself too and do God a favor. After all, He was too stupid to get His creation right the first time.
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