Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Missing Bryan

It has been 3 years since Bryan was murdered but it seems just like yesterday. Our family misses Bryan’s smile and hugs. I especially miss him saying, “I love you mom!” From Thanksgiving to the Super Bowl is a sorrowful time for our family. Bryan loved the holidays. Especially since his daughter was born. He also was an avid sports fan and especially football. The last two years he had won the fantasy football contest he was in. His winnings from the 2007 season were given to us at his memorial service and were put in an education fund for his daughter. Bryan’s daughter was only nine years old when he died. She will not have a father for the rest of her life thanks to someone who could not control his anger and was such a coward to come back with a knife. On Super Bowl Sunday 2007, Stoltz viciously murdered our son because he lost a fist fight which he, Stoltz started by sucker punching Bryan.

I have waited to write a response to the person who emailed our memorial site last April telling us our son was a terrible person and that we should just get over it and move on. She also said we just made up the fact Bryan had a daughter. How could someone be so cruel and heartless to write such a thing on someone’s memorial website. She pretty much said our son deserved to die because he was not perfect. I want this person to know we know exactly who you were and you are despicable and should be ashamed. The place you called the next day had caller ID. This is what is wrong with Stoltz. He has never had to take responsibility for what he did and this just reinforces his behavior. I can not believe that Stoltz has never been remorseful. I am thankful Wesley Stoltz is not my son. If this person had actually looked at the whole website she could have read the comments made by people who knew Bryan, and would have learned what a wonderful person he really was. In the picture collection are pictures of him with his daughter.

You have no idea what it was like to arrive at the hospital and be told by the doctor that the injury your son had received is what they call decapitation. No parent should have to see their son receiving CPR and dying. We were in shock at all the injuries he had. We never got to say goodbye to our son who we loved with all our hearts. At the trial, a picture of Stoltz taken the day after the murder showed Stoltz had only a couple abrasions. We learned at the preliminary hearing that Stoltz swung the knife only at our son’s head. That he had knifed Byran three times and that the last strike penetrate our son’s chin bone. What a horrible think for parents to have to live with. Stoltz was covered in our son’s blood.

Parents never get over the horror of having their children murdered. This has changed us forever. We were a close family and tried to see that our children were loving and caring people. Over 300 attended Bryan’s funeral so we know how much he was loved. We still have flashbacks, have a hard time sleeping because we can not forget what Bryan looked like in the hospital bed. I wish you could have been there and then maybe you would know what Stoltz did was horrifying. I am glad I am not a hateful person like you.

We want to thank all of Bryan’s friends for all the support they have give us over the last three years.

Cherri Lusk, proud mother of Bryan


  1. How heartbreaking, to have to endure the brutal loss of one's son and then be further brutalized by the perpetrator's lack of remorse, the justice system's creakingly-slow response, and the heartless comments of some idiot hiding behind the facelessness of the Internet. I am so sorry! Your Bryan was an important person to you, and his life was a significant one. Please know that he is remembered by many, just as you are lifted in prayer by countless readers here! God bless you.

  2. I saw your story on Lockup tonight, Oct 3rd 2015, and just wanted you to know how very sorry I am for your family. This was horribly senseless in every way. I will pray for you all to continue the strength you had to muster, the hurt to mend, and your love for one another to stay strong.
    Billie Kaye Ford-Brown
    Pascagoula, MS


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