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Eat at Olive Garden to honor slain Fort Lewis couple, families urge

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Feb. 28, 2009 at 5:00 am |
February 28, 2009 5:00 am

The families of two Fort Lewis medics who were killed nearly a year ago will gather Sunday to honor the husband and wife with a meal at Olive Garden.

A nationwide memorial will be held Sunday at all Olive Garden restaurants, said Tami Gray, the mother of staff Sgt. Timothy Miller.

Miller and his wife, Sgt. Randi Miller, were killed March 2, 2008, in their Parkland home. Their 6-month-old daughter, Kassidy, was kidnapped and later found unharmed. She’s now 18 months old and is living with her paternal grandparents, Gray and her husband, in Nevada.

Timothy was 27, Randi was 25. Both were medics in the Army and had served in Iraq with the 47th Combat Support Hospital, 62nd Medical Brigade.

A fellow soldier, Spc. Ivette Davila, has been charged in the Millers’ deaths and Kassidy’s kidnapping. She’s being prosecuted by the military.

Olive Garden was a favorite spot of the Millers.

“The restaurant holds many memories for the family and friends,” according to a press release from their family. “We are holding the first year memorial for SSG Timothy Miller and SGT Randi Miller at Olive Garden restaurants nation wide on March 1st 2009.”

Timothy’s family and childhood friends will gather at the Reno Olive Garden. Randi’s family and friends will got to restaurants in New Hampshire and the surrounding areas.

According to Gray, Olive Garden will make a donation to the Children of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund in memory of the Millers.

“The public is invited to join the ‘Celebration of Life Memorial’ for SSG Timothy Miller and Sgt Randi Miller,” Gray wrote. “We want little Kassidy Miller to know how much her parents are missed and how the country can come together for these heroes and help other children of fallen soldiers.”

The family also will be lighting candles the night of March 2 to make the anniversary of the couple’s deaths.

The family has set up a Web site to honor Timothy and Randi. Find it here.

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