The family of Bruce Ryan Anderson, a former College Station resident, is now speaking out after the 30-year old was gunned down while at a Fourth of July Party in Ohio.
The dispute, believed to be started over fireworks, has family members preparing to say their final goodbyes to their loved one this weekend.
"This is the worst event that could ever happen to a family, the worst nightmare that could happen to one of your children," Bruce Ralph Anderson, the victim's father said.
Officials say three people were shot and killed after a neighbor became irritated by the party's noise. The man charged with the death of Anderson and two others, 35 year-old Terrance Hough Jr., was a Cleveland firefighter.
"You look up to firemen and police officers, you look up to them," said Rene Pick, sister of the victim. "They take an oath to save lives, and this man took lives."
"When he walked across the yard and then gunned down these people, it doesn't matter what he was before that moment," Anderson said. "He's a cold-blooded murderer and deserves no mercy and no compassion."
Family members are now remembering the smile they say lit up a room and the last moments they had with their loved one. Pick was able to talk with her brother just hours before he was shot. Her father wasn't as fortunate.
"You need to call your children and tell them you love them. No one expects something like this to happen but it does," said Anderson. "It's very important because you may not have that last conversation."
Funeral services for Bruce Ryan Anderson are set for Saturday, July 21st at 2 p.m. at the the Memorial Funeral Chapel in College Station. Visitation will be held just before the service from 12 to 2 p.m.
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