Years after Joseph Storie was killed by a drunken driver on Oct. 5, 2011, while vacationing at Kill Devil Hills, his sister, Chris Storie, still felt voiceless.
Chris Storie and her then-boyfriend, Paul Travis, were travelling in a pickup with Joseph Storie and his wife, Alicia, south on U.S. 158 to go to dinner when, at an intersection with Ocean Bay Boulevard, a Chevrolet Lumina shot across the intersection in front of the pickup. Emergency crews found Joseph Storie dead at the scene, and Chris and Alicia Storie were flown to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. Paul Travis was treated and released at a local hospital.
The other driver, a Honduran immigrant [illegally in the US] named Luis Alberto Rodriguez whose temporary visa had expired, had a blood-alcohol content of .09 percent, and he was arrested almost two weeks after the wreck, but after a bail bondsman posted his bond on Jan. 28, 2012, he was never heard from again.
“We are still fighting for justice,” Storie said. “It puts a permanent hole in your heart. Never the same. … Our justice system, they have done nothing for my family.”
At a courtroom hearing before Rodriguez fled, Storie approached him, but he refused to speak to her.
“I stopped him and I said, 'I know you understand every word I’m saying,' and I just told him, I said, 'I want you to know what kind of man you took away from us. You took my nephew’s dad. Joe has three sons that now no longer have their father. Joe was an awesome brother, husband,'" she said. "I followed him down the courtroom steps to the sidewalk, and he turned and looked at me and said, ‘Talk to my attorney.’”
Recently, however, Chris Storie found an organization whose members not only listened to her — they understood. Called The Remembrance Project, the group is dedicated to bringing attention to deaths that they say could have been prevented if the American border was secure. [and current laws enforced]
“I feel like The Remembrance Project has given me a voice for my brother," Storie said. "This project has given me a new drive, a new hope. It’s really a good thing.”
Maria Espinoza, a co-founder [and National Director] of The Remembrance Project, said the killing of American citizens by undocumented immigrants [illegal aliens] is an epidemic. “It’s been allowed to tear apart our American families. … I’m so disheartened.”
In September, Storie attended The Remembrance Project National Conference and Remembrance Luncheon in Houston, Texas. Donald Trump was the guest speaker, and Storie had a chance to meet him and tell him about her brother’s death.
“He met with us privately first in a conference room. He wanted to hear some of our stories. He asked, ‘Does it get any better?’” she said.
Storie felt validated by Trump.
“He sat there and listened to our stories. He was truly, you could see it in his face he truly cared about our families,” she said. “I was very, very impressed, because he genuinely wants to help Americans, put Americans first. … I truly believe Trump is our last hope.”
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