In 2009, Kevin C. McCall, loving husband and proud father of three, experienced the unimaginable: His youngest son, Ryan, was murdered in a robbery attempt after leaving a college party in Tampa, Florida.
In For the Love of Family, Kevin shares his personal journey through shock, horror, grief, anger, reconciliation, and healing. Over the course of more than six years, Kevin fought daily to escape the grip of depression and hate; he fought to center his life around love and faith. Encounters and events, sometimes curious yet ultimately enlightening, weave throughout his days and nights, guiding him forward.
Although his story is harrowing and painful, it is also filled with love—love for his family and love for life.
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A very sad and heartfelt story written by the father of a murdered young man who was attending the University of Tampa. The family had just moved Ryan McCall into his own apartment and he went out with friends to a party. While walking home with a friend, a man attempted to rob them and Ryan was shot. This book is written by his dad Kevin from the daily journals he kept at the time to work through what was happening, to try and hold the rest of the family together. Wife Joanne, son Kevin, and daughter Kimberly still remain, and all need him in different ways. Kimberly still lives in Pennsylvania, from where the rest of the family all moved not all that long ago to Florida, looking for a new beginning. Son Kevin had also just moved into his own house that week. Dad Kevin and Joanne had been happily married for over 30 years until this tragedy sent them all spinning. Agonizingly painful at times, but as real as can be. This is what some family members go through in the aftermath of losing a loved one in a violent way. Just trying to get through day by day, while waiting for the murderer to be caught. Then the long haul for a trial, all while still managing to get along with each other and not lose it yourself. It’s eye-opening and shows how important community support and victim services are. This is for anyone interested in this type of true crime book with input from the family afterward. Written at the time he was going through it, not dredged up afterward. Advance electronic review copy was provided by NetGalley, author Kevin C McCall, and the publisher.