TRUSVILLE, Alabama (WKRG) – From tragedy to action – an Alabama family is recovering from a hunting accident that killed an 11-year-old boy. In 2020, Troy Ellis was killed by former Mobile County teacher Joshua Burks. Burkes pleaded guilty to reckless murder two weeks ago. The trial for the death of Troy Ellis in 2020 culminated two weeks ago with a powerful moment of forgiveness – when shooter Joshua Burks asked for forgiveness from the boy’s family.

“It was real, he wanted it, 100% true, and we meant what I said, we forgive you as a family,” said Troy’s father, Ellis Lunch. Burkes was sentenced to six months in prison in Jefferson County and three years probation, but the family said the sentence was not as important as the ability to finally grieve for his son.

“It doesn’t matter how many days, weeks or months it is, it won’t bring your son back and you need to start treatment,” Ellis said. “Troy was an old soul, he was an outsider and loved to be around his family. It was also a long process to learn not how to overcome the tragedy, but how to overcome the tragedy.

“I still cry every day, I get a little angry every day, I get confused, but every day we can see the glory of God,” said Lunch Ellis.

Turning the tragedy into action, the family began Troy Ellis Foundation. Through tournaments and outdoor activities, they want to spread the word of God and help other families by enjoying the outdoors like the young Troy Ellis. You can find out more about what they put together through their event page.

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