Again, I have to tell you what a great feeling it is to read all the wonderful thoughts. When things get to much for me, I steal away, to read what you all have written.
Tomorrow is the viewing, and will probably be the worst yet. I have still not been able to see him. The director was not sure they could fix him up enough for everyone to see, but they are trying. I will see him, no matter what.
The memorial site has been set up. Go to mem.com He is listed there was Joseph, and since there are several, you will have to go by age. (he is 20)
Tonight we picked up my brother who flew in from Atlanta. Tomorrow night, we pick up Jim's brothers and sister. His mother is on a cruise, and does not know what has happened. I wanted her to be told, but was over ruled.
They have a warrant for the man who did this, but last we heard, they had not picked him up.
Please pray extra hard for tomorrow. I can feel your prayers.
If I coudl be there to hold you and hug you I would. Please gather strength from our words. We are praying so hard for the Lord to give you strength to make it through these days. Please know we love you and your family very much.
May the peace of the Lord be with you Always.
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Dear Luanne, I have never lost a son, but I know that feeling of simply not knowing how I'm going to put one foot in front of the other, because the pain is so great. God will supply your strength, one breath at a time. I continue praying for you and your family.
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Luanne, you are a strong woman, who has built a strong family, but this is a trial by fire and simply getting out of bed in the morning is a victory right now. Remember, your baby has gone to his reward. What's left behind is an empty shell. He is with you, in your heart and with his heavenly Father.
You can come here and share your pain, we're here to lift you up. Your son's spirit is with you and you will never be given more than you can handle, but this is the ultimate challenge. You will rise to it, as you do in every area of your life.
Remember Job, when he had lost everything he loved. After all he went through, he eventually came to a point of peace and understanding. Hang in there. We're praying for you. This is a terrible awful challenge, but you can do it.
I am glad you have your faith, family and friends to help you through. I am also glad they have already arrested the suspect and hope he gets his justice. I held my sons close last night and told them someone needed our prayers.
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I truly understand your needing to forgive, for it is in forgiving that we recieve forgivness...and it is in forgiving that we heal and regain peace.
Now is the time to stand on every scripture you know - claim the promises written in the Word and cling to His everloving hand.
I put you and your family on our Church prayer chain on Friday and on a friends Church prayer chain in New Brunswick.
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When my dh's cousin was murdered a few years back with it came so many different emotions than just the loss of a loved one. I can't begin to know what you are feeling, but I do know that thru Christ we are victorious.
You and your family have suffered a tragic and horrible loss, my heart and prayers go out to you and your family. Now this person will have to deal with not only the justice system but his maker. May the Lord be with you in this horrible time
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Oh Luanne, I just learned the news and I am profoundly sorry for your loss. You will certainly be in my prayers, as well. May the Lord hold you in the palm of His hand through this terrible tragedy. Love from all.
My heart aches with pain for you as you and your beautiful family go through this loss of your son. God continually puts you on my heart, and I am holding you up in prayer. Your place in our little "family" here is a special place, and I know that we are feeling the need to reach out to each other as we deal with this sad sad news.
My church is going through a 3 day fast and prayer time right now. Yesterday I joined in with them for the first time, and many of those prayers were for you. I will put you all on the prayer chain too.
You are right about the forgiveness part, and maybe God will do a great work in this other man's life, but God will undertand your anger and all of your other feelings as you heal. Keep looking up, and keep your focus on the one who knows the pain of losing a son and the one who will ultimately heal you.
Thank you for posting Joe's memorial web site. What a bright and handsome young man you had. I am glad the person who did that has been arrested. Let's hope he gets a just sentence. I do feel you are right about forgiveness. Otherwise the pain will hurt so bad. To everything there is a season...and a time for every purpose under heaven.
(((LUANNE))) Please know we are here for you whenever you need us.
I am happy, as much as one can be in this situation, that the shooter is in custody. Hopefully, if you and Jim believe in the death penalty, that monster will get that conviction and verdict as a punishment for his crime. I know that will not bring Joe back to you but it can help in the healing process. I can appreciate both sides of the penalty I have suggested. You have a loss of a child, but by putting the shooter to death, another mother will lose her child. I am not, by any part of the imagination, condoning what he did, remember, I spent a career in law enforcement so I have been there and can speak of it.
You were there for me in my time of need, and I am here for you and Jim in your time of need. My most deeply felt prayers are out to you both to help ease the pain. I will also put you two on my church's prayer chain list for help.
Good luck to you both and God's many blessings to you both.
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Luanne, I too looked at all the wonderful photo memories of Joe, his family and friends, including the cruses you took together.
But there was one missing, and it is the one I will remember Joe most vividly by - the one you posted last year, of your son, painted "Smurf" blue,
playing the part of Aladdin in a theatre production.
Somehow, I feel that photo personified Joe, a happy-go-lucky, devil-may-care young man, with so much zest for life.
May you always hold on to him through your memories of happier times.....
We had a wonderful turn out last night. Clearly over 3 hundred people. Once this is over I will come back and tell you all, but right now I have to focus on today.
Michael I do believe in the death penalty. But, as I told a reporter yesterday, I cannot think of Joe's killer right now.
I want my baby to have the spotlight one more day, before the stage lights are turned off for the last time.
I know that we are on prayer chains all over the world today, and believe me they have helped so much.
Today, I will try to speak, along with his pall bearers, on what Joe was like. My brother says I won't be able to get through it, but today is Joe's Academy Awards day, and he would want me to talk for him.
Luanne, May the Lord give you the strength to get through today. As you stated it is Joe's Academy Awards day. But you alone are not his voice today his friends are also his voice. And may the many friends give you, Jim and Josh strength.
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Cove man dead after Austin shooting
Posted on: Wednesday, January 14, 2009, 4:52 AM
By Alicia Lacy
Killeen Daily Herald
An outpouring of support and messages were posted on a Copperas Cove man's Myspace page after an arrest was made in Austin's first homicide of the year, which occurred Sunday.
Joseph Daniel Russo, 20, of Copperas Cove, was shot by another man during a fight. He died after he was transferred to University Medical Center at Brackenridge.
Markieh Jaquaan Thompson, 20, was arrested Monday by Corpus Christi police and charged with first-degree murder. Thompson was being held at Nueces County Jail on $80,000 bond.
Sgt. Joseph Chacon of the Austin Police Department's Homicide Unit said he was anticipating Thompson's transfer to Austin on Tuesday.
Russo graduated from Copperas Cove High School in 2007 and was a theater arts major at Central Texas College.
According to Chacon, Russo was at a party at Longhorn Landing Apartments in the 4700 block of Riverside Drive.
An altercation occurred between Russo and another person at the party. The individual reportedly called a group, which included Thompson, who later arrived at the apartment complex.
The fighting moved into the parking lot where Russo was shot, Chacon said.
Austin police received several 911 calls regarding the shots fired. When police arrived, they found Russo in the parking lot. Austin-Travis County EMS responded to the scene and transported Russo to Brackenridge.
After hearing witness accounts, Chacon said he determined that Thompson was the main suspect.
With the help of the Lonestar Fugitives Taskforce, APD was able to track Thompson down at a Corpus Christi mall.
"It was so by surprise. This was the last place he certainly expected law enforcement to be looking at him and he was rather at ease, and rather, for lack of better words, comfortable in his environment at the time. It would be my estimation that he had no idea we were on to him in Corpus Christi," U.S. Marshal Hector Gomez said about Thompson's arrest.
Chacon said Austin police would rule out the possibility of charging others in the death.
Funeral services for Russo are scheduled for this morning at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Copperas Cove.
I don't understand now someone can take another person's life over an argument. I can't understand the pain you are feeling now. I'm so sorry this happened. I will keep you in my thoughts today as you go through this difficult time.
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It is time to let him go. I am so tired, and have cried so much.
A friend called me a few minutes ago, and told me how proud she was of me last night. She said I hugged over 300 people, and each one I was concerned about them, instead of myself. Joe got that from me. That is just the way I am. So, I guess I was speaking for him.
I saw the shooters face on the Internet this morning. He is just a baby. Some one's else's child.
Please walk with me this next couple of hours. I will take you with me, in my heart. When I can't go on, I will wrap each of you around my shoulders.