My name is Ann, and I’m the mother of two children. My oldest child Zach was murdered on October 13, 2015 and is in heaven. My surviving daughter’s life has been changed forever as well as mine.
Zach, as a young child was creative, curious and very energetic. He loved creating forts inside our home using sheets and blankets and dress up as a character and spend hours playing in his imaginary world. Zach was very competitive which paired well with his athletic abilities. Zach started playing baseball in Little League and continued into his mid-teens. He also played football and soccer through high school. Zach was an outdoor kind of kid – loved hunting, fishing, skateboarding and snowboarding. The more extreme the sport the better. Risks were not something he feared.
Zach’s creativity also manifests itself in his writings, artwork and his musical abilities. In middle school he chose to play the trombone and became first chair in a very short time. Without any formal musical instruction, he learned to play keyboard. His aptitude in math and science lent itself to many awards and being in the National Honor Society.
In his late teens Zach started making some poor choices and took a lot of risks. Unfortunately, those choices attributed to his death at 20 years old. In the early evening of October 13, 2015 Zach’s home in the 1400 block of E Grant was broken into and he was murdered by masked gunmen. His roommates were pistol whipped but survived. As of today, the case remains unsolved.
It was on October 13, 2015 that I learned what a broken heart truly felt like. My heart still aches in sadness and tears still flow. All those that love Zach have had to learn how to move through this experience. It has changed many lives. While it might sound trite it is so important to not take anything for granted – you never know what the future holds. I have become stronger in my faith and as a person as I’ve worked through this. I’ve developed relationships that have given me grace, love and support. For that I am grateful. I love you Zach and know we will be reunited someday. So, as you are missing from my world here on earth I hold onto all the memories in my heart.
Please help me find my son’s killers. For information leading to the arrest of the individual(s) responsible for the death of Zachary Corbut there is a reward up to $20,000. Please call 88-CRIME (520-882-7463) with any information. All calls remain anonymous.