Lil Wayne is mourning the loss of Robert Hoobler, a New Orleans police officer who saved the rapper’s life at age 12.

“Everything happens for a reason. I was dying when I met u at this very spot,” Weezy posted on Instagram, posting a photo of the officer. “U refused to let me die. Everything that doesn’t happen, doesn’t happen for a reason. That reason being you and faith. RIP uncle Bob. Aunt Kathie been waiting for u. I’ll love & miss u both and live for us all.”