When the grief of her loss becomes too much, Christina Rothgeb returns to the place her beloved boyfriend treasured – his aunt's home in Alabama.
"I can go in the house and see him talking to his aunt while he was cooking – just standing there talking to her," Rothgeb said.
Ryan Dwayne Turner, 45, who was suffering from a gunshot wound, walked to the Sunoco gas station at Hanna and Lewis streets about 9 p.m. Jan. 11, 2013, and was later taken to the hospital where he died.
That night, Rothgeb lost her third loved one in just a little more than a month.
It was Turner who was there to hold her when her son Paul Ward III and her nephew Jeremy Walker, both 22, were gunned down in December 2012.
"He never left my side on any of that," she said.
Rothgeb and Turner met when they were young, but it was several years later when their friendship blossomed into a relationship.
"I got to know him from within and I think that's what really made me start to like him," Rothgeb said.
His spirit and the many memories they shared is what keeps Rothgeb from giving up, she said.
"Even though Ryan's gone, I still try to do the things that me and Ryan used to do," she said. "That's where I find my comfort, in doing things that we used to love to do together."
According to Fort Wayne police officials, the shooting remains under investigation.
Near the anniversary of Turner's death, Rothgeb planned a candlelight vigil for Turner, not unlike the one she held for her son after the one-year mark of his death.
It's her way of keeping his memory alive.
"I'm going to do it until the day I die," she said.
- Victim 1 | Ryan Dwayne Turner
- Victim 2 | Jermaine D. Foster
- Victim 3 | Jeremy Dewayne Crews
- Victim 4 | Nathaniel Jishaun Rainer
- Victim 5 | Stephen O'Neal Wattley Jr.
- Victim 6 | Antonio Galvan III
- Victim 7 | David Thornsley
- Victim 8 | Demarcus Adams
- Victim 9 | Mark Brian Young Jr.
- Victim 10 | Gerelle Ramone Borum
- Victim 11 | Jacqueline Bouvier Hardy
- Victim 12 | Kenneth Knight
- Victim 13 | Robert W. Kanyuh
- Victim 14 | Montez Antonio Brooks
- Victim 15 | Elijah Freeman
- Victim 16 | Tavontae Jamar Haney
- Victim 17 | Ryan Koontz
- Victim 18 | Shane Jamal Stephens
- Victim 19 | Ryann Keith Trejo
- Victim 20 | Russell Todd Jewel
- Victim 21 | Ja'queze Dandridge
- Victim 22 | Derrick Carlisle
- Victim 23 | Jabron Q. Totton
- Victim 24 | Terry Lee LaGrone
- Victim 25 | Desiree Sheets
- Victim 26 | Kirk D. Lecount
- Victim 27 | Sidney Earl Gates
- Victim 28 | Dashawn Jermell Martin
- Victim 29 | Marco Antonio Vinas-Herran
- Victim 30 | Debra Jones
- Victim 31 | Joseph Conwell
- Victim 32 | Jordan Lee Calland
- Victim 33 | Katahj Amard Blackmon
- Victim 34 | Johnny Lee Upshaw
- Victim 35 | Ricardo M. Hood
- Victim 36 | Brenzel W. Bryant
- Victim 37 | Algia Paul Robert Steward
- Victim 38 | Lance Alan Murray
- Victim 39 | Jovon C. Harvey
- Victim 40 | Sylvanus T. Williams
- Victim 41 | Brandon Dock
- Victim 42 | Demetrius Lamar Masterson
- Victim 43 | Johnny Erick Wiggins-Victim 44 | Daniel W. Arnett