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If memory serves me right it was one year before he died .Before he was killed that I last saw him with my eye.
(he was in first grade, nine months older than I was)
Though we were both born a mother's
We were of different nationality colors
We were next-door neighbors he was my friend he was more to me, he was my brother
And yet tragically while on vacation coming from the West Coast.
Through Arizona to his birth town of Omaha NEBRASKA.
He and his his wife his high school sweetheart
And their two-year-old son and their 16 year old niece
Were tragically murdered by the escaped prisoner Tison.
All shot at point-blank range left there to die.
I never had a chance to say bye.
You see I never told my brother that I love him.
So you see the Tison father and his three sons and Tison cellmate all escaped.
And when on rampage killing spree.
Arizona Prison in August 1978
Killing people for their cars the vehicles
As the Bible teaches forgiveness I must forgive those that murdered my family for you see.
I have no Heaven or Hell to put anyone.
Help them, Help us Lord.
For mercy and mercy sake help us all .
Lord till the day breaks
It's been 41 years now since the death the murders
Of the Lions family.
And you will know the ironic thing is the nieces name is the same last name of her murderers
No relations who knows???
God does her last name was Tyson not the same spelling but same sounding don't know if we're related again while knows who knows.
The Tison father was almost captured he got away but alsodisoriented
And died in the desert one of the sons is dead.
In the police roadblock.
While the cell mate in the two other brothers all three are now behind bars .
To this day still in the pen.
But life it's a shame
I never got to tell my brother I love him
Believe it or not we only have one verbal / physical fight
And it would be a grade of "A".
I would say
We were okay
He was my brother and I love him
Not boasting nor bragging we were the model for race relations.
Me being African-American
While he was Caucasian Oriental.
If blending could be God cares not
About our colors he only cares about our souls
And with that we should all remember
There is only two ways Which way we can go
Only two places Heaven or Hell
I have I have no judgement I have no spells.
All did I say that I mentioned that I have forgiven the Tison father and three brothers and the cell mate for murdering my brother and his family help us all Lord
This is a dedicated verse for John Francis Lyons
Born July twenty-three 1954 died August 1st 1978
Dedicated verse to wife Donna Chadwick Lyons
Born September 25th 1954 died August 6th 1978
Dedicated verse for Christopher Lyons
Toddler boy born August 23rd 1976 died August 6th 1978
Dedicated to 16 year old Niece Teresa Jo Tyson
Born October 16th 1962 died August 6th 1978
Pray for me, I never told my brother I love him
On this day September 9th 2019 I visited the grave sites of
the Lyons Family Plot
Consisting of the Grand mother Johanna Lyons Siri which was 9 days from being a hundred years old Uncle Francis E Lyons the Nephew John Francis Lyons his wife Donna Lyons the niece Teresa Joy Tyson and baby who was entombed in the coffin with the mother Christopher Lyons
My only prayer, my only wish is that you love your brother Those whom are spiritual and those who mock physical love your brother and maybe you'll see them all again in heaven
Written by James Edward Lee Sr 2019
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