Joseph Zargo was a 27 year old nephew, cousin and son. He lived with his aunt and uncle and was working towards earning an asbestos removal certification. His aunt, Denise Cruz, talks about Joseph’s life, his personality, and the role he played in the life of their family.
Joseph was born December 21, 1984, in Bridgeport, CT. As a child he had lived with his father Stephen in New Hampshire, where they enjoyed hunting together. Though Joseph struggled with ADHD, his father provided the discipline and guidance needed to keep him in school, so that he would later graduate. Stephen suffered from heart problems, and in the course of his illness, Joseph held his dying father as he passed away.
Joseph later came to live with his aunt Denise and her family. They had always been close. As Denise says, “I was like his second mother, he used to always call me “Mommy Number 2.” He would babysit for his cousins and enjoyed playing XBox with J.J, Denise’s son. Joseph was a practical joker, and Denise enjoyed the pranks they would play on each other. He worked with his uncle Bobby as a laborer on demolition jobs, and looked forward to the money that asbestos removal would allow him to earn. He believed that he would soon be able to move out, get a car and his own apartment, and one day have his own family.
Joseph was killed December 23, 2011. He was the 33rd victim in a string of homicides that year which were widely covered by the local media. He left behind his aunt’s family as well as his mother and 3 brothers.