West Deptford road rage victim's family speaks
WEST DEPTFORD, NJ (WTXF) - A beloved father and husband was killed in a road rage incident in West Deptford earlier this month. Now, his family is speaking out.
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Megan Pirri says there's only one way to describe her husband Joe-- he was all about family.
"He was just a great guy," Megan told FOX 29 on Friday. "He was a family guy. We always did everything together. We had game nights all the time."
"Joe was such a big part of our lives. He made our family whole," Joe's mother-in-law Betty Jean Hampton said.
"He always made you smile. No matter what he would always try to make you smile. His smile could light up a room," Nina Saez, Joe's sister, said.
Joe lost his life when he was violently attacked during a road rage incident in West Deptford on March 7. The 32-year-old father of two was on his way home from work during a snowstorm. Police say he was slashed in the face and died a week later.
"I wake up every morning thinking he's going to come home. I look at my phone every morning for his phone call," Megan said.
"I didn't want to let go of him. I wanted to hold him one more time, but it just didn't happen," Joe's mother, Mary Pirri, said.
"This is the personification of who my brother was. Because my father wasn't there, he walked me down the aisle and danced with me at my wedding," Joe's sister recalled.
Joe made everybody smile as you can tell by some family videos. His sister says he lit up the room everywhere he went. He loved his 4-year-old son and his 9-year-old stepdaughter dearly. That's why his death is so devastating.
"I still don't feel like this is real. I feel like it's a dream and i just want him to come home," Megan explained.
Joe's funeral is set for Saturday. His family says even in death he was giving back, you see Joe was an organ donor. As for the man who took Joe away from his family, they have a message.
"Please help. They need to catch this guy to get some kind of closure even though I don't think I ever will have it. It's just senseless and I don't understand.why he was taken from us," Megan said.
The Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office and the West Deptford police are continuing their investigation, trying to locate the driver who killed Pirri and the pickup truck he was driving. The truck is described as a white over tan F-250 or 350 pickup. It has a crew cab and a bed mounted tool box. They would not comment further Friday.
A GoFundMe page has been set up in Pirri's memory. It's called 'Justice for Joe'. So far, people have donated $12,000. The goal is $25,000.