WESTMINSTER, Colo. — The family at the center of a deadly road rage incident in Westminster created a foundation to honor their son who was killed in the shooting nearly one year ago.
"We are all still healing mentally and often find ourselves grasping for purpose," a post from Vaughn Bigelow Sr.,on the family's the Caring Bridge site says. "We know that we aren't alone ... they don't write books with answers to mentally managing trauma or sell magical elixirs that can take away the feeling of loss."
Vaughn and Meghan Bigelow announced on the Caring Bridge site that they recently started the Big Waves Foundation in memory of their son Vaughn Jr.
"What we CAN DO is not let this horrible event define us for the rest of our lives," the post on the website says. "Instead we have chosen to give back to the worldwide community that gave so much support to us along the way. future."
May 14, marks 11 months since Meghan Bigelow and her three sons were involved in a road rage incident on the way to a dentist office. The suspect, Jeremy John Webster, 23, followed their vehicle to the office parking lot and later admitted to police he opened fire on the family, according to court records. His trial is set to begin June 12.
Thirteen-year-old Vaughn Bigelow Jr. was killed, his mom Meghan and youngest brother Asa, were critically injured. Middle brother Cooper, 12, was able to escape. Another man, 40-year-old John Gale, was injured in the shooting. He was treated and released.
About a week after the June 14, 2018 shooting, Webster was charged with first-degree murder.
Meghan and Asa are still on the mend but through hard work and determination, have "exceeded all expectations by a mile," a message on the Caring Bridge page says.
Meghan had what was hopefully her last "procedure" back in April, according to the site. Asa visits Children's hospital on a regular basis, the post says.
Asa will have his 21st surgery next month and will likely have one or two more after that, according to the family's update.
Water was a big part of Vaughn Jr.'s life and one of his happy places, the post from the family says. That's why the family named their foundation Big Waves.
"There are sooo [sic] many good people in this world, let's make a difference," the post from Vaughn Sr. said.
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