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Family spends Christmas Eve remembering a loss

By: Samantha Saracino Email
By: Samantha Saracino Email

While most families are waiting for Santa's arrival and spending time together on Christmas Eve, one family from Floyd County is remembering the life of a loved one who died two years ago today. Bryan Tackett, who had just become a deputy sheriff earlier that day, died after he veered off a road and hit a parked vehicle.

Music was played, candles were lit and stories were told in honor of Bryan Tackett who lost his life on Christmas Eve in 2008.

"A happy occasion turned into a tragedy that we're going to have to live with and we're going to have to try and make the best of the rest of our lives," said Kenneth Tackett, Bryan's brother.

Bryan's family says he kept them together.

"I didn't realize how Bryan was the glue to this family until he was gone," Tackett said.

Like a puzzle...

"To me, Bryan was a huge piece of that puzzle, to everyone here. We're all part of that puzzle. It's missing. That piece is missing now," said Sheldon Compton, Bryan's other brother.

His brother says the vigil keeps his memory alive.

"For us, part of this that we did last year, spending time with Bryan on Christmas Eve the only way we can now is just a way for us to keep that piece in place for us somehow during this important time of the year," Compton said.

Bryan's family says his death has made them appreciate each other more than they already do.

"You should cherish every minute with your family and just cherish every single minute you have with your family members because you never know when it's going to be your last day or your last Christmas," Tackett said.

Bryan's family says they will continue to have a candle light vigil for him every year.

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