PHOENIX - Burgers, hot dogs and music at the park. Sounds like a typical Labor Day cookout, until you see the pictures hanging on the banner.
“I can't believe he's gone,” says Joe Morgia’s daughter, Destiny Vargas. “It seems like it was just last week.”
Destiny fondly recalls her father’s words of encouragement, "He would always make these promises to everyone, 'Watch, your life is going to be so great, you're going to have such a wonderful life.'"
Four years ago, Joe was gunned down at a party, his life cut tragically short.
Today, his family celebrates what would have been his 26th birthday.
“It's pretty tough, it's pretty tough,” says his mother, Mona Morgia. “He was really young.”
Joe’s family says he loved to help people who were less fortunate.
They started their annual “Joe Feeds the Hungry” cookout three years ago, feeding homeless people at University Park in central Phoenix as a way to keep his memory alive.
“Our nephew was a very giving young man,” says Joe’s uncle, Ray Fuentes. “To be a part of this, to help others, it makes me feel really good.”
Hundreds of hot dogs and hamburgers, cooked with love, in memory of a father and son, who was taken too soon for this family.
“I wish I would have done this while he was alive so he could have participated,” says Mona. “He would have loved this, he would have loved this.”
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