My son was a good man -- the father of 5 children, but he got mixed up with the wrong woman. She was the mother of his last two little ones. One day they were fighting in front of the children and she took a gun and shot him in the head. He died instantly. He was loved by so many and the family is tore apart by this as she got away with killing him by claiming self-defense.
It was her story and he wasnt there to tell his side. The children were to little to tell anything.She was a meth user and he also used it. When they found him he was in front of the front door. We as his family know he was trying to get out of the house as healways did when she went crazy. There is a hole in my heart that will never go away. Maybe if we had some closure to this it would help some. He left behind a sister and two brothers who dearly love and miss him. He would be a grandfather next month and it's sad that he will never have a chance to hold that baby.
I just want to tell people if they know anyone who is in a domestic violence situation please get them help before its to late. Drugs dont mix with violence. As I said before my son was my life and I am left with this terrible ache in my heart.
Thank you for letting me tell my story.
Michael's story, also told by his sister, Tamara Wentz:
On the morning of July 23, 2004, my brother's five year old and three year old children witnessed the last battle with meth that dad and mom would fight over. The mistrust, the paranoid feelings and the anger that comes with its use would lead to dad holding a knife and mom shooting a gun.
I'd found it easier to keep silent about his buisness than having them angry for getting involved in their lives. But this took my brother from us. He won't be around to see his older kids give him grandbabies --he left so many empty. Meth had taken the meaning of love and turned it into violence. Nothing mattered but meth. The women he loved who loved him ended a life of a father, who was also a brother and a son. We stayed out of his life and his drug use -- and the price was high for doing that. Nowhe'sgone andwe miss him.
His wife went on with her life andwe don't see theirtwo kids anymore.The worst thing is we didn't do something to help them.Don't be silent, don't be like me -- guilty, sad and empty.
Don't let abuse take a loved one.
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