Posted by Bruce Miller
Our best thoughts and prayers go out to AnnaMarie Rossi, her parents Joan and Dan, and all of the Rossi family, as they mourn the loss of Pfc. Jonathan M. Rossi, 20, who was killed last Sunday in Iraq. Pfc. Rossi was AnnaMarie’s nephew, eldest son of her brother Michael.
Many families are part of the extended Barksdale and Theatre IV family, but few families have more or closer ties to our theatres than the Rossis. We stand with them during their time of loss.
Pfc. Rossi was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Bliss, Texas. He was a Florida native, and joined the Army in Tampa on June 14, 2005.
He was killed in Baghdad when insurgents attacked his unit with a roadside bomb and small arms fire. He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart medals.
AnnaMarie writes: “Pray for our family as we struggle through this one. We realize we are not alone, but that does not make the burden any easier to bear.”
A video account concerning Pfc. Rossi can be accessed here
We send the love and prayers of everyone in the Richmond theatre community to all of the Rossi family. Please know that you are in our hearts.