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Friends, family honor victims of tragedies
(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Two separate tragic events in West Michigan that took the lives of Lisa Herrera, her son Maxwell and Officer Dennis Meyers now causing their loved ones to help others in their memory
In the last two months, Andy Herrera tells Newschannel 3 he has bad days and worse days. "One of the grief counselors mentioned the fact that life will never be normal, we will have a new normal. I don't like the new normal," he says.
Herrera's daughter, 39-year-old Lisa Herrera and her 17-month-old son, Maxwell, were murdered by her husband, Patrick Gleason, who then took his own life. The horrific crime happened in their Kalamazoo home this summer.
To keep Lisa's memory alive, Andy started a scholarship fund for students who want to become speech pathologists, just like his daughter.
"In reading some of those tributes, it gave me the idea that if she did this, hopefully somebody else could continue on with her passion and do what she did and make a difference in others people's lives like she did," Andy Herrera says.
Others took to the streets in West Michigan today for a memorial motorcycle ride for Michigan State Police Motor Carrier Officer Dennis Myers. Last month, he died from injuries related to an off-duty car accident near Decatur.
He had a great personality, always liked to kid around. He was very well-known for being a great father. He was always around for his children," a friend says.
Now, hundreds are donating to Officer Myers' two sons in honor of his service to others.
Andy Herrera hopes to raise $10,000 and give the first scholarship next fall.