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The death of a child

One moment Austin Haley was fishing with his grandfather.The next, he was gone. On Aug. 3, two Noble police officers were trying to kill a snake in a neighboring yard — by shooting at it. A bullet ricocheted and struck 5-year-old Austin in the head, killing him.
Ken Raymond, Staff Writer Published: October 8, 2008
You can feel anger for one second and then complete sadness, the exact opposite.”

Kristie LeGrange

Betty LeGrange has also put her faith in God. LeGrange’s 26-year-old daughter, Kristie, was murdered on July 17, 2000, and her surviving family is still dealing with the loss.

“We as a family, and with the help of our friends, built a gazebo in our back yard in memory of Kristie,” her mother said in an e-mail. “Kristie collected little churches, so we decided to build the gazebo to look like a church.”

Betty LeGrange’s husband, John, works on cars and spends a lot of time reading — anything to keep his mind occupied.

“I think that is the key,” she said. “Keep your mind and hands busy.”

The LeGranges dote on their grandchildren, spirited kids who prove that life goes on, even in the midst of tragedy.

The Haleys have a living reminder of that, too. On May 16, their third child, Gabriel Jeremiah, was born.

“I had prayed for God to restore what was lost in our family, and He did,” Jack Haley said. “He gave us another little boy.”


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