Magazine article The Christian Century

Organ Recipients Thank Family of Shooting Victim

Magazine article The Christian Century

Organ Recipients Thank Family of Shooting Victim

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Just a few moments after she met James O'Hea, Aley John leaned against him and pressed her ear to his chest. She wanted to hear her son Dennis's heart. "I want you all to have lives like Dennis," she told O'Hea and four other recipients of her slain son's organs.

The tearful first meeting on Sunday, February 8, came more than two months after Dennis John Malloosseril, 25, was shot and killed inside the St. Thomas Syrian Orthodox Knanaya Church in Clifton, New Jersey.

The recipients of Malloosseril's heart, lungs, liver, kidneys and pancreas visited the church on that Sunday to thank his family and honor his life with a standing-room-only memorial service.

Tributes flowed to Malloosseril's love of family, friends and faith, with a slide show and speeches depicting a young man whose selflessness was reflected in his death. Malloosseril was shot November 23 when he tried to intervene in a dispute between 24-year-old Reshma James and her estranged husband, Joseph Pallipurath. …

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