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Boy's Parents Murdered by His Grandfather

An incomprehensible family tragedy left Michael broken and flailing. Read Transcript


THANK YOU.

YOU'RE WELCOME.

[INAUDIBLE]

MY MOM WAS COOKING STEAK

DINNER, SOMETHING HER DAD

LOVED.

MY GRANDMOTHER WAS SITTING AT

THE KITCHEN TABLE WITH MY

FATHER. I WAS IN THE FAMILY

ROOM LAYING DOWN RESTING BEFORE

DINNER. AND MY GRANDFATHER

CAME

INTO THE HOME.

DAD, YOU'RE HERE.

MICHAEL WAS 10 WHEN HIS

GRANDFATHER CAME TO THE

CELEBRATION WITH A LOADED GUN.

I CAN REMEMBER MY MOM'S

VOICE

AND HER SCREAMING AND YELLING

TO

MY GRANDFATHER "DON'T SHOOT MY

BABY".

HE'S DEAD! MY BABY!

WHEN HE CAME INTO THE LIVING

ROOM I JUST THOUGHT THIS IS THE

END OF MY LIFE.

THE NICE NORMAL FAMILY,

MICHAEL, HIS GRANDMOTHER AND

TWO

OF THE THREE SISTERS WERE

HOSPITALIZED WITH WOUNDS. TWO

DAYS LATER MICHAEL LEARNED THAT

HIS PARENTS HAD BEEN KILLED IN

THE RAMPAGE.

I CAN REMEMBER JUST BEING

TOTALLY DEVASTATED AND ANGRY

AND

NOT UNDERSTANDING WHY THIS HAD

TO HAPPEN TO ME.

HIS GRANDFATHER FACED MURDER

AND ATTEMPTED MURDER CHANGES

AND

MEANWHILE HIS BROTHER CHRIS

LEFT

THE MARINES TO RAISE THEM.

I REMEMBER LAYING IN BED

CRYING MYSELF TO SLEEP AND

BEING

FULL OF FEAR.

THE GRAND FATHER WAS FOUND

NOT GUILTY BY REASON OF

INSANITY

AND SERVED TWO YEARS IN A

MENTAL

HOSPITAL AND RELEASED INTO A

HALFWAY HOUSE.

AND I REMEMBER THAT DOESN'T

MAKE SENSE HOW CAN HE BE FREE

TO

COME AND GO AND LIVE HIS LIFE

AND HE DESTROYED MY LIFE.

MICHAEL STARTED HAVING

BOUGHTS OF RAGE AND FOR A WHILE

HOCKEY GAVE HIM AN OUTLET.

I REMEMBER MOTIVATION FOR

GETTING ON THE ICE I WANTED TO

HURT SOMEBODY.

BY 14 HE WAS OVERCOME WITH

DEPRESSION.

IT WAS SO DEEP THERE WAS NO

FEELING. I COULDN'T TASTE

ANYTHING. IT WAS THE BLACKEST

DARKEST PLACE YOU COULD EVER

BE.

IT WAS COLD SO I WOULDN'T EAT

OR

DO ANYTHING AND JUST SLEEP.

ONCE ACTIVE YOUNG MAN

MICHAEL

BARELY PASSED HIS CLASSES AND

DROPPED OUT OF SPORTS AND THEN

THE GRANDFATHER DIED. SHORTLY

AFTER THAT MICHAEL WAS PUT INTO

A MENTAL HOSPITAL AFTER

THREATENING TO KILL HIMSELF AND

CHRIS.

I REMEMBER THAT NIGHT

CALLING

OUT TO THE LORD AND SAYING TO

GOD THAT I CAN'T DO THIS

ANYMORE

AND I CAN REMEMBER JUST FEELING

AN OVERWHELMING PRESENCE AND I

HEARD "YOU'RE GOING TO BE OKAY

AND GET THROUGH THIS".

AND MICHAEL SAID EVEN THOUGH

HE DIDN'T UNDERSTAND THE

EXPERIENCE IT WAS ENCOURAGING

AND PSYCHOLOGISTS DIAGNOSED HIM.

AND IT IS PASSED DOWN BY

GENERATION AND WHY YOUR

GRANDFATHER WAS ILL AND MAYBE

WE

CAN GET CONTROL BY MEDICATION.

BUT IT FAILED TO GIVE HIM

RELIEF.

AND I FELT WHATEVER LIFE I

HAD LEFT I WAS LOSING IT.

MICHAEL TURNED TO DRUGS AND

ALCOHOL TO NUMB THE PAIN.

EVERYDAY I WOULD CARRY THE

LOSS OF MY PARENTS AND CARRY

WHAT HAD BEEN TAKEN AWAY FROM

ME

AND BY GOING OUT AND GETTING

HIGH OR GETTING DRUNK IT WAS A

WAY JUST TO KIND OF ELIMINATE

ALL OF THAT.

BY THE TIME MICHAEL WAS 20

HE

WAS WORKING TWO JOBS AND

DRINKING HAPPILY AND THAT'S

WHEN

HE STARTED HEARING VOICES IN

HIS

HEAD.

YOU HAVE TO KILL YOURSELF.

YOUR WORTHLESS.

ONE DAY ON A WAY TO WORK.

I KNEW I WAS GOING TAKE MY

LIFE.

BUT HE ENDED UP AT HIS

BROTHER'S HOUSE. HIS

SISTER-IN-LAW WAS THERE AND SHE

KNEW HE NEEDED PRAYING.

I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT THEY WERE

DOING AND PEOPLE CAME OVER AND

GOT ON A CHURCH NETWORK AND I

HAD EXPERIENCE OF THE LOVE AND

THE PRESENCE OF THE GOD AND IT

CAME FLOODING IN AND WHEN THAT

HAPPENED AFTER A HOUR OR TWO OF

PRAYING AND I REMEMBER ALL THE

VOICES GONE AND I REMEMBER A

PEACE THAT REALLY WAS BEYOND

ANYTHING OF THIS WORLD. IT

FELT

A LOT BEING BACK WITH MY MOM

AND

DAD, HAVING A MOM AND DAD THAT

LOVED ME. ABOUT A MONTH LATER

AT A SERVICE AT CHURCH I WENT

FORWARD TO RECEIVE CHRIST AND

TO

RECEIVE BAPTISM AND THE HOLY

SPIRIT AND AT THAT POINT MY

LIFE

BEGAN TO DRASTICALLY CHANGE.

GOT RESTORED HIS MIND.

IT WAS SUCH AN AMAZING THING

AND ALL THE VOICES AND

EVERYTHING THAT PSYCHOLOGY OR

MEDICATION COULDN'T DO THOSE

VOICES WERE GONE IN AN INSTANT.

GONE TOO IS THE HATRED HE

FELT TOWARD HIS GRANDFATHER.

I ASKED GOD TO HELP ME

FORGIVE HIM AND I REMEMBER IT

WAS A HUGE WEIGHT LIFTED OFF MY

BACK.

NOW RUNS A SUCCESSFUL

BUSINESS WITH HIS BROTHER CHRIS

AND PREACHES AROUND THE WORLD

AND RAISES EIGHT CHILDREN WITH

HIS WIFE.

I LOOK AT MY LIFE TODAY AS

MUCH LOSS THERE IS MORE GAIN BY

KNOWING CHRIST. IT'S BEYOND

WHAT I CAN EVER IMAGINE.

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