Munfordville Family Remembers Mother Killed in Grayson Co. Shooting

By: Melissa Warren Email
By: Melissa Warren Email

Today in Munfordville, a son and daughter look to each other as they cope after losing their mother in a tragic shooting they say they may never understand.

It's during times like these Ford's daughter says they need her the most.

"When you go through tough times... that's who you call... your mom. And you can't call your mom now," said Stephanie Turner.

Laura ford died after being shot by a man she'd cared for for 15 years... her father-in-law.

"She died when taking care of somebody... over something probably so silly that you can't take back," said Turner.

To Turner, Alva Gussler was "pap."
A veteran with diabetes who'd been confined to his bed, Turner says he had a temper, but nothing too far from the ordinary.
She and her brother never could have imagined an argument would lead Gussler to shoot anyone, but it was the gun that lay beside him that he shot their mother with.

"He earned that right to have a gun, so she didn't want to say anything to him about that, and she never feared him," said Turner.
"He's had a gun laying there ever since I've known him." said Ford.

Turner and Ford say care taking was in their mother's nature, and hope her legacy lives on in them.

"She loved her grand babies, and I just hope I can love my kids and grand kids the way she loved us," said Ford.

When asked what Turner will tell her children one day, but out of this tragedy she hopes they remember the value of life.

"When you get mad or angry, or upset, how you react can mean a lifetime. Whatever happened that day.... somebody was upset and did something for that instant that took a life away. So you shouldn't get mad or angry. You should hold back a little bit because you can't bring people back," said Turner.

Turner and Ford say they may never know why Alva Gussler shot their mother, but for now, they can only hope her legacy lives on through their family.


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