An open letter from the family of Joey Klett

The family of Joey Klett, the 19 year old killed several weeks ago, submitted the following letter:

To the editor:

This is open letter of thanks on behalf of the families of Joseph B. Klett, who was tragically taken from his much loved world on Jan. 25, 2014 at the young age of 19.

The outpouring of support from the entire Bristol community has brought us great comfort during our darkest of days.

First, we are the most grateful to the entire Bristol police and state police forces, who together worked diligently and steadfastly until the person responsible was apprehended and is now being held in their custody.

A special Thank-you to Det. Peter Dauphinais and Det. Garrie Dorman who were at our beck and call throughout this ordeal. These detectives were at our front door with the news our family was so patiently awaiting within five minutes of the arrest being made in North Carolina. Great job, guys. You are our heroes. The town of Bristol is very fortunate to have you both watching over us.

BristolHospital, especially the emergency room staff. We thank-you for doing your very best to try and keep Joey with us. We know it wasn’t easy to accept he was gone, but please know you gave your best and for that we are grateful.

The entire Bristol school system, especially Principal Peter Wininger and his “family” of educators at BristolCentralHigh School. Joey was extremely lucky to have attended and Graduated from such a fantastic and supportive school. Your outpouring of love and numerous fundraisers (ie: Red Shirt Day, Flannel Shirt Day, the auditorium seat memorial, etc.)have taken our breathe away. We couldnt be any prouder of Joey. The hundreds of stories that we’ve heard through the voices and e-mails of your staff and students have made us smile when we have needed it the most.

An outstanding job done by the Bailey Funeral Home. Andrea and Paul you’ve handled Joey’s services with the utmost compassion, tenderness, and grace. The family appreciates every detail.

To the approximately 2,000 people who attended the wake, some waiting as long as two hours to pay their respects to “our” Joey, thank you each and every one of you.

St. Matthews Church and everyone who participated in the mass did a beautiful job. Father Ginty and Sister Clare Marsico were our strength. Their faith kept our faith strong when we needed the most.

Thank you to Joe’s Army Recruiter Sergeant DeBaca, who not only attended the services, but let us know “It would have been an honor to serve alongside Joe in the military.” He was so close, so ready, to serve our Country!

Eddie Reinhard of South End Concrete, Joe’s employer who made a generous donation to help defray the unexpected funeral expense. Joey loved working hard and wasn’t afraid to show us all his dirty face and clothes. He was proud of his work ethic, and we were as well.

Art Rich Photography,of Southington for donating the 12” by 14” beautifully framed graduation picture of Joey. I carried that throughout the vigil. We love and will cherish it always.

Above all, the entire Bristol community, family, and friends. The vigil was outstanding, a sure sign of lives touched by Joe. Whether it was a quick visit, a generous helping hand, or a simple smile and a “Hello.” He was loved by many.

The outpouring of creative fundraisers with bracelets, t-shirts, decals, homemade dinners as well as monetary donations made to “The Joey Klett Memorial Fund” at TD Bank has indeed helped us very much with the unexpected and upcoming bills.

We will never accept that Joey’s gone ,but the unending love, affection, thoughts, and prayers are helping us get through.

Every second of every minute, every minute of every hour, every hour of every day, Joey will be missed.

With all of our love and respect.

The Entire Family of Joseph B. Klett.

Catherine Klett