Fine family remembers loved one, thanks community for support

By: Lizz Marrs Email
By: Lizz Marrs Email

A year ago Sunday, an Alaskan man opened fire on two couples as they packed their car to go on vacation.

No one knows why on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2008 Stefan Martin-Urban opened fire on Mike and Flo Gallagher and Dr. Terry and Linda Fine as the couples were in the Fine's driveway. Terry and Flo were killed and Linda and neighbor Paco Larson were wounded.

The 22-year-old's actions were inexplicable, but it's a day many in the Grand Valley will never forget.

A year later Linda Fine and her family invited their friends to the Blue Moon Bar and Grille to remember her late husband.

Linda recounted the tragedy Saturday and spoke of moving on, "It's something nobody ever expected to happen on a quiet little street in Grand Junction in Colorado. This young man came into our yard and took so many lives. Not just my husband's and Flo's. But he affected a lot of people for no reason and he got nothing out of it. And that's what's really hard."

"That day was horrible. It's something I'll never get over for the rest of my life. I lost my husband and my best friend," Linda says.

Terry's son Brad says he's also missing a best friend. "Honestly, he was a very special man he touched me in a lot of ways. I learned a tons and I miss him sharing those things. Sometimes you think you see him out in the crowd, sometimes you have an event that you come across that you guys would have enjoyed together."

While friends and family were remembering, they were also celebrating a man dedicated to his family, friends and dental patients. They say there was no better place to celebrate than the Blue Moon Bar that Terry loved.

"The Blue Moon has been a special place for our family. My brother, my dad, my step-mom and I always spent some wonderful times down here," Brad says.

The Fines say moving forward is made a little easier thanks to all the support of the community and say they wish they could thank everyone personally.

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