By Diana and Jason Schalow
The Schalow and Russo Family are inviting everyone to the “Celebration of Angela’s 26th Birthday, May Her Light Shine!” It will be taking place at Copper Sky Recreational Park, 44345 M.L.K. Jr. Blvd., on May 10 at 6:30 p.m. over by the large ramada and we will have Pastor Lei-Sa from World Outreach & Bible Training Center Maricopa lead us in prayer and words of inspiration on this momentous day. We will also be letting off 26 balloons to the heavens to show her our love and celebration of her birthday. Cake will also be served for all.
One year ago today was a difficult day for the family of Angela Russo. It was her 25th birthday and a celebration to light her way back home. On April 19, 2016, the worst nightmare for a family came true for ours. Our 24-year-old daughter did not come home from a date and was reported missing on April 21. That was the start of our five-week search for our daughter. On May 25, she was found but not the way our family had hoped. She was found murdered and Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office arrested LaShawn Johnson for her death and he is awaiting trial.
Today our family would like to celebrate with the community Angela’s 26th birthday. Some things have changed – our family updated the “Find Angela Russo” Facebook page to the “Angela Alert” page. This page has become our new mission in life. The family, when made aware of a missing person, will post it to the site in hope that our over 2,100 followers share the post and help find the missing person.
We are also, trying to bring awareness to the adult community age range of 18-65 where there is no type of alert system for the family. Please visit “Angela Alert” Facebook page and become a member of the site, so that you can also help find missing persons.
Diana and Jason Schalow are residents of Maricopa.