West Virginia State Trooper Larry Hacker was shot while responding to a domestic dispute call around 10:15 p.m. on April 8th, 1993. He was rushed to the hospital and died early the next morning of gunshot wounds.
The Hacker family doesn't remember all of the details of that day. They said shock blinded them for some of the tragic details.
But they do remember what they were doing before they found out their father had been shot, what went through their mind before they knew for sure, and what the weather was like when they returned home from the hospital.
"I love the spring time. But I don't love it until the leaves come out," said Diane Hacker, Larry's late wife.
She said those spring days reminder her of that day.
Diane was going about her daily duties, watching over her youngest daughter and folding laundry when a friend showed up with news that nearly stopped her heart.
"She came to my door, she was very calm. And she told me that there had been a shooting and that Larry had been shot," Hacker said.
Her daughter Erica was sleeping on a school bus, coming back from a track meet.
"I remember, all of the students on the bus. They were laughing, because they thought the bus driver was being pulled over for speeding. But he wasn't being pulled over for speeding. They were pulling it over because they needed to find me," said Erica Backus, Larry's daughter.
Diane remembers the race to the hospital, the officers who escorted her there and the prayer that comforted her on the way.
"All things work for good to them that love the Lord, that are called according to his purpose. So I took comfort in that," Hacker said.
"I don't convey this to many people, but when she told me, I passed out," Backus said.
Diane said she reached out to God again, begging for answers and strength.
"I felt like I couldn't go. I couldn't go another day unless I had some reassurance. I was out in my car when this feeling overcame me. I drove home, went into the house. I got my husband Larry's Bible and I opened it," Hacker said.
She still remembers the words she opened up to.
"He said, 'I am the resurrection and the life. And he that lives and believes in Me, shall never die,'" Hacker said.
To this day, she holds on to anything and everything that reminds her of him.
She said families need to hold on to the memories and pictures and reminders of a lost loved one.
"It's very important to make those memories, because it's those memories that sustain you," Hacker said.