In 2009, Kevin C. McCall, loving husband and proud father of three, experienced the unimaginable: his youngest son, Ryan, was murdered in a robbery attempt leaving a college party in Tampa, Florida. For Kevin, his wife Joanne, and his children, Kimberly and Kevin, this began their most difficult and traumatic new reality. In For the Love of Family: How a Knock at the Door Changed Everything (Newman Springs Publishing, Inc. March 4, 2019), Kevin shares his personal journey over the course of more than six years, during which he fought daily to escape the grip of depression and hate and to center his life around love and faith. His decision to record and write about his journey following Ryan’s death and through the investigation, arrest, trial and conviction of the murderer, provides an important opportunity to shed light on the complicated grief process endured when a loved one dies by homicide. Although his story is harrowing and painful, it is also filled with love—love for his family, and love for life.
Resonating on a multitude of levels, For the Love of Family, shares the harrowing journey of one family facing their fears, feeling their buried pain, and confronting insurmountable loss. It offers hope and inspiration for anyone experiencing the anguish and despair that never completely heals from the death of a child. What began as an ordinary day became a story of human sorrow and of an extraordinary family triumphing over evil and grief.