Pearl Jam’s 1992 song “Jeremy” was inspired by the 1991 suicide of teenager Jeremy Wade Delle; now, his mother is speaking out about it for the first time.
Wanda Crane spoke to ABC affiliate WFAA in Dallas, Texas, in an interview that comes 27 years after her 16-year-old son took his own life by shooting himself in front of his classmates.
“That day that he died did not define his life. He was a son, a brother, a nephew, a cousin, a grandson. He was a friend. He was talented.”
Brittany King was a classmate of Delle who witnessed the suicide. King had strong feelings surrounding the release of the Pearl Jam song. “I was angry at them for writing that song,” she admitted. “I thought, You don’t know. You weren’t there. That story is not accurate.”
Band frontman Eddie Vedder spoke to Billboard last year, revealing that the song was the result of a single newspaper article about the tragedy. “That was a newspaper article. And then when I went to write about it, I thought of actually getting a hold of what the actual person it was written about, but then I thought that would be intruding.”
When asked for her take on the recent run of school shootings, Crane replied, “I think of the mothers. I think of the sisters. I think what will be said or what opinions will be thought about the student. It’s the mothers and the sisters that I want to wrap my arms around and tell them that someday it’ll be better.