Below is a letter from murder victim Joel Marino’s father Lou Marino. We covered the 08 murder and since then I have stayed in email contact with the family. Joel’s father was and is heartbroken …but see below as he honors his son and helps others.
Subject: J.A.M Fest 2012 & Joel Marino Scholarship Fund
Hello to all of my dear friends and acquaintances!
Those of you who know me well will be aware that we have established a Scholarship Fund in the name of my son, Joel A. Marino(JAM). If you are unaware of what happened to my son Google his name (Joel Marino) and that will give you insight as to why our annual fund raising event is so very important to me, and to all those who knew Joel and Loved him. You can also go to my son’s website JoelMarino.com.
On 1-28-2008 my son was murdered in his home in broad daylight in downtown Madison. A date I will never forget!
We want the scholarship fund to continue to grow so that my son’s memory will live on and we can continue to help young students who want to pursue a career in music and get financial assistance from my son’s Scholarship Fund. My son’s was all about music, and his passion for music was incredible.
If you look at the attached brochure you will see that we are having a family oriented fun day, and even if you can’t participate in the run/walk or kickball tournament, you can come down and enjoy the day and have some fun watching the events.
If you can’t attend but would like to make a donation just contact me via e-mail and I will get the details to you.
We hope you can attend and celebrate Joel’s life with us. Please feel free to spread the word amongst your family and friends, and forward this e-mail to them.
I want to thank you for taking the time to read this, and would love to see you all at the J>A>M> Fest 2012.