KOKOMO, Ind. - It was an emotional day Friday in Kokomo, filled with tears but also appreciation as family of Howard County Deputy Carl Koontz joined with many others to remember him on the golf course.
“I came to the reality that I’ve forgiven him,” said Kassie Koontz, of her husband’s killer.
Wounds take some time to heal.
“It hurts yes, but everyone says that a police officer signs up for this, I get that, but you just never know,” she said.
Koontz’ wounds are deep. Her 27-year-old husband, Howard County Deputy Carl Koontz, was shot and killed in Russiaville this March while serving a warrant.
“Carl would love this, he would just absolutely love this,” said Carl’s mom, Jackie Koontz.
Those that mattered most to him came together Friday in the first big event to honor his memory at the Kokomo golf course where Carl first learned how to swing a golf club.
“It’s been rough, it’s been rough, sorry,” said Jackie as she fought back tears. “It’s been rough. Carl was very special to us,” she said.
“I was happy with $7,000. I have already put over $10,000 in the bank and I’ve already taken care of my expenses,” said Diane Howard, Carl’s Aunt and an employee of the Howard County Sheriff’s Office.
In Koontz’ home of Howard County, there’s been a seemingly never-ending stream of support. What began with crowds paying respect during his burial, turned into crowds at his memorial golf tournament with thousands of dollars raised for Carl’s scholarship fund.
A small sign of support for a family learning to heal a lifelong wound.
“He wouldn’t want me to sit there and be mad, be angry, that’s just not the type of person he was. He was always very forgiving to people and gave people second chances so I have to do that for him,” said Kassie.
Event organizers initially wanted to raise $7,000, but already have $10,000 is in the bank. If you’d like to donate, send a check with ‘Memorial Scholarship’ written on it to the Howard County Sheriff’s Department.