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09/14/03

Family Copes With Sudden Loss

A family is still dealing with the loss of Brandon Degner--a young man who was killed in a boating accident last Sunday. 24-year-old Degner lost control of his boat and hit a bridge. Now, his family is dealing with the pain after the accident.

As Charmin Degner puts her baby down to sleep, she knows her husband won't be there to raise their daughter.

"It's hard...for him not coming home at night," said his wife, Charmin.

Charmin says it's been hard to do everything since her husband, Brandon Biff Degner, was killed instantly in a boating accident last Sunday.

It happened under the I-10 bridge here at the Moss Point Boat Ramp. Charmin says she couldn't have coped without family support.

"They've been coming in and staying with me..calling and checking on me," said Charmin. "I come and see them."

"He's not here, but we have his wife Charmin and the baby, Marie, so I have to cope because I have to be here for them," said Brandon's mother, Susan Burroughs. "I want to be here for them. He was my youngest. He was 24, and they had just been married a year in July and Marie will be four months Tuesday."

And Susan only wishes Brandon could have lived to see his daughter grow up.

"Marie--she's got to grow up without her daddy," said Susan. "We can tell her, and let her know what kind of person he was because Marie was his life."

"She'll know who he is, because I have lots of pictures of him and her," said Charmin.

Charmin says her only comfort right now is knowing he's in a better place.

"It's going to be hard, but I know where he's at, and I know he's not worrying about anything, so we're just going to have to make it as good as we can," said Charmin. "Because it was his time to go," said Susan.

"He was young, but now I look at it like, 'my baby is safe.'" 

The family has set up an account to pay for funeral expenses since they did not have insurance or savings. If you would like to help the Denger family, you can go to any Hancock Bank and make a donation into this account in memory of Brandon "Biff" Denger.

Claire Nelson

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