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A message from Maureen Roll

There are no words to describe how my world was shattered on Saturday morning, Jan. 8, 2011. Not only did I lose John Roll, my husband and best friend of more than 40 years, but our three sons lost a wonderful father and our grandchildren their beloved papa.... Read more»

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Jan 20, 2011, 11:57 am
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Dear Editor,

I read today the letter from Maureen Roll and want to thank you for printing this.  I want you to also know that Judge Roll’s death has touched many people and students at South Mountain High School in Phoenix.  Judge Roll’s daughter in law Charlene is a teacher at our school.  Charlene runs our Law Magnet Program.  I cannot tell you what sorrow I felt on Saturday January 8th when I heard Judge Roll’s name as being the judge that had been killed.  Charlene has always spoken kindly and lovingly of Judge Roll I felt I personally knew him.  When tragedy like this strikes someone from our school it strikes us all because we are a family here and we support each other in good times and bad.  As a school we wanted to support the family the best way we could so we set up a scholarship fund in the name of Judge Roll and each year an outstanding senior from the Law Magnet will be awarded this scholarship.  We know it will never take the place of Judge Roll but we hope it will help his legacy live on in a deserving young adult. 

Ellen Spinner
Counselor South Mountain H.S.

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Jan 20, 2011, 1:21 pm
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I work with Judge Roll’s son Robert. We don’t even know one another but he is ALWAYS friendly, ALWAYS smiling and ALWAYS laughing. He is by far one of the nicest persons I’ve never really met. And of all the people for this to happen to ... it just makes me very very very sad. There just aren’t any words to express the sorrow.

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