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CJ Abbott Remembered As A True Hero

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HEBRON, Md. – Behind a tragic murder-suicide is the story of a true hero. Nineteen-year-old CJ Abbott of Hebron is leaving behind a heroic legacy after reportedly taking bullets for 20-year-old Kristen Loetz during a domestic dispute.

"We always told him, don't hit girls and he died protecting her. I just hope and pray she makes it," CJ's mother Connie Abbott said.

"When I got to the scene and when my wife went down the street, the officer then told me that it was too late. Unfortunately I had to be the one to identify him, and I hope no parent has to do that," CJ's father Patrick Abbott said.

That night was September 3, when 21-year-old Ryan Shallue of Stevensville drove up to 139 Onley Road with a handgun purchased just two weeks ago. He got into an argument with Kristen, his ex-girlfriend, and that's when Abbott stepped in. Shallue fatally shot Abbott and seriously injured Loetz before shooting himself in the head.

"All I kept hollering was there was no way it was my brother. I was like, there's no way," CJ's twin brother Jason Abbott said.

Devastated family members hold each other tight and remember the good times they had with CJ.

"CJ was always the jokester and kept us laughing. He always did the right thing. Honorary student, national honor society," his mother said.

Jason reflects on all their adventures off-roading and mudding.

"There were many times when we went to Delmar and had to pull friends out and that's what we loved to do," he said.

CJ was clearly someone who would help anyone in need, even if it meant putting their life before his; and that's how he will always be remembered.

"We've always taught him to respect everyone and treat everyone like you want to be treated. And I don't know of an enemy he ever had. Everybody was his friend," his father said.

CJ's heroic efforts may just have been what saved Kristen's life. She remains in critical condition, but is stable. She is able to communicate via writing with her family, but she's unable to speak because her jaw has been wired shut. We also know she was scheduled to have surgery Thursday. We don't know exactly how that went, however sources tell WMDT she is expected to recover.

Family members have finalized funeral arrangements and are opening it up for anyone who would like to attend. The viewing will be held on Saturday, September 7 in the Midway Room at the Wicomico County Civic Center from 6 – 8 p.m. The funeral will be held at the same place on Sunday, September 8, at 1 p.m. The burial will follow at the Spring Hill Memory Gardens in Hebron.

A candlelight vigil has also been organized for Friday September 6 at 8 p.m. at the Cove in Nanticoke.

A benefit will be held at Brew River on Saturday September 7 at 10 p.m. There will be a $5 cover charge and open to those under the age of 21.


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