To my cousin, My tears have still not stopped flowing. I can't bear the loss of you. People die all the time, and will say "my cousin died in an accident" or "my cousin died of cancer'" etc. But I have to say my cousin died at the hands of terrorists. I can't handle that. The day at the Armory filling out your missing person's form and hanging the posters hasn't left my memory. The wishing, hoping and praying we'd find you haunts me. The recovery of your body was a Godsend to the family but has ripped apart our hearts. Rich -- I truly miss you and feel for your children. They are so little and will never be able to understand what a great and wonderful person their dad was. I know that I and the remaining 12 cousins will share all the pictures, videos and stories. You may be gone, but you will never be forgotten, for you are always in my thoughts.
Sue Bove, cousin
Rich, I am stil in shock that you are no longer with us. The family will never be the same. I kept my promise to you though, I spent a few days with the kids and Traci. I will continue to do so. I will keep your memory alive, but that doesnt seem like such a hard job since so much of you is in each of them. Rich, I will miss your smiling face forever. You were the role model for our family and the attackers took you so harshly. I will love you forever. Love always,
Jessica Bove, cousin
I love you and I miss you, my big brother.
Richard was a wonderful person. There was not one person I know of that would not agree with me. He is definitely coming out in his children, Richie Jr. and Abigail. He did not have a mean bone in his body. I miss him terribly, but I know he is watching over us all. He is making me a better person every day. I see parts of him coming out in all of us at different times. People say he is in a better place, but I find that hard to believe. He should be here with us, his wife (my sister) and his children; we all need him.
Tara Rovner, sister-in-law