Sunday, May 5, 2013
The father of a murdered teen whose body was found in a field Wednesday says he's getting by with the help and friends and is looking to the future.
The four people arrested in connection with Jordan Turner's murder are all still in the Sedgwick County Jail.
We spoke with turner's father at Sunday at a fundraiser in his son's name. He tells us he's not angry, he's ready to move forward.
“You know I loved him. I loved him till the end and I love him even more after he's gone,” Frank Turner said.
It's a huge understatement to say this past week has been difficult for Frank Turner. His son, Jordan’s body was found in a field Wednesday. By Friday, four people were arrested in connection with his murder.
"I think the biggest part just trying to get through these first few days. This first week you know, it's been tough. They've just made the climb a lot better,” Turner said.
Turner is talking about his large support system. Friends and family who've been there since Jordan first went missing a month ago.
"I could never get through this experience without the support and the help that I have,” Turner said.
The support turner has was clear at a BBQ fundraiser organized by Karen Mathis. She first met Frank and Jordan Turner when Frank coached her son's youth football team.
"I just watched this man give so much to the community and he gives out to the other kids and he helps us with our kids and I just wanted to do something nice for him,” Karen Mathis said.
Frank Turner says he's even more committed to giving back to the community, now. He wants get back to coaching and helping young people. His son was 19 and the four people arrested are all under 21.
"We've got five teenagers lives who are destroyed and if we can save 100 others then we've done what we needed to do. Anytime you have a tragedy you need to turn it into a positive,” Turner said.
Sunday's fundraiser raised a little more than $1,100. That money will go towards Jordan Turner's funeral expenses. His funeral is this Friday.