Glenn Alexander wasn’t the only member of the family who struggles with what happened that day 10 years ago. Brandon Alexander was 16 when his mother was killed.

He lost his mother, his relationship with his father was strained and he has for years struggled with his own bouts of depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

“It’s been a nightmare,” said Brandon, who is now 26. “I wish I could explain it to people, what that is. No one knows what that is until you have to experience it.”

The younger Alexander said that while struggling with his own emotions, he tried to help his father cope. It hasn’t always been smooth.

“I yelled a lot,” he said. “I didn’t get nowhere, but I tried. We do better now than we did before.”

Glenn Alexander admits that as he struggled with his own depression he was unable to fully comprehend what his son was going through.

“We have a saying, baby steps and take things one day at a time,” Glenn said.

Coping with the stress and depression isn’t easy.

“Sometimes you don’t (cope),” Brandon said. “You can’t control everything.”

In recent years, Brandon has had some help dealing with his emotions thanks to his wife Sophia, whom he married in October. The couple met at a friend’s wedding five years ago.

Brandon explained his situation and his struggles early on in the relationship.

“Oh, she knew right away,” he said. “I was always getting aggravated talking about what was going on (in my life),” he said. “She would help me with certain scenarios as stuff came up.

“She’s been there for me. She’s helped me a lot. It’s been stressful sometimes.”


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