U.S. Army Sergeant Joseph Anderson, a veteran of 12 years, survived 3 tours of duty and served in Iraq. In all of his time deployed he faced the worst danger imaginable from the worst kind of people imaginable, cold blooded killers intent to destroy anyone that disagrees with them. Never would anyone have thought that his life would be taken from him while he wasn’t even deployed, but that’s exactly what happened in what police described as a “thrill killing”.
Anderson ,31, had just dropped his three children off at his mother’s home in Marrero, in Jefferson Parish, LA, when shots rang out and left him dead. The murderer, described as a black male by witnesses, shot Anderson then took his vehicle, only to leave it a couple of miles away on January 1 of this year, and was an apparent “thrill kill”, which is usually done by a gang member to prove themselves or by someone who simply enjoys the “thrill” of killing another human being.
Anderson was found by a passerby who saw him laying on the ground then knocked on the door of the home. The people inside of the home told authorities that they had heard popping sounds, but assumed they were fireworks, which are legal in Louisiana.
Anderson was dropping his kids off prior to a flight back to Maryland for his job at Walter Reed Medical Center.
He entered the Army at the age of 20 so he could take care of his family. He completed basic training in Fort Benning, GA, and was stationed several places including Ft. hood and Ft. Sam Houston in Texas, and Ft. Bragg in NC, he also spent 3 years in Hawaii.
His family recalled him as someone “who just wanted to have fun,” and who didn’t cause trouble with anyone. He liked to spend time with his kids and attend various plays as well. He was a good daddy, he loved his kids,” they said.
He’s survived by both of his parents, his 3 children, his wife, his sister and a brother.