October 3: Thank you for your support

The late Jason' Corbett's grieving parents John and Rita
On August 2, our beloved son Jason Corbett was brutally killed in his home in Panther Creek in North Carolina. We have struggled to comprehend and come to terms with the loss of our youngest born - a son who was a gentle, caring, ambitious child who grew into a generous, loving and kind man who loved greatly everyone special in his life.

On August 2, our beloved son Jason Corbett was brutally killed in his home in Panther Creek in North Carolina. We have struggled to comprehend and come to terms with the loss of our youngest born - a son who was a gentle, caring, ambitious child who grew into a generous, loving and kind man who loved greatly everyone special in his life.

He was a wonderful son, brother, husband and friend but above all, a wonderful father. Our lives have been turned upside down and will never be the same.

He was not ill, he was not in an accident and we never got to say goodbye. Throughout this whole ordeal we have learned more than ever the value of community spirit. The support, action, words of comfort and expressions of sympathy in response to our distress has been of great solace to us both, along with our children who are here on earth with us. We draw some comfort knowing that our grandchildren Jack and Sarah have been returned to their home where their dad intended them to grow into adulthood.

Our family has suffered great losses over the years, in particular with the loss of our beautiful, vivacious granddaughter Amanda, who died in 2011 suddenly of complication with Vascular EDS.

We have known great love, which is why the pain is such. This trauma is exacerbated by a painful and hurtful social media campaign by the persons of interest our our son’s killing.

Our family would like to extend our thanks to each and every one one of you who have helped out, raised funds, written letters of support and passed along kind words. For all the wonderful words, stories and letters about Jason, thank you. To each of you who attended his funeral to celebrate his life, thank you. To all those involved in the ‘Bring back Jack and Sarah Home’ campaign, thank you. To those who have raised funds and continue to do to assist with our legal bills, thank you.

Your kind and thoughtful expression of sympathy is deeply appreciated and gracefully acknowledged.

John and Rita Corbett

Limerick city