Fallen deputy's parents host fundraiser at their son's favorite restaurant

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Joseph Matuskovic's parents opened up Wednesday night about their heartbreak and their hope. The conversation comes a month after their son was shot and killed in the line of duty.

At a fundraiser Wednesday night at the Tattooed Moose in downtown Charleston, his parents, Gregory and Annette Matuskovic, spent hours talking to friends, reminiscing, and sharing stories about their son.

They say what keeps them going is the support of friends and family.

"Every time we turn around there is always someone knocking at our door. It helps, we accept it and appreciate it," they said.

One way people have rallied around the Matuskovic family is through fundriasers like the one at Tattooed Moose, a place that was among the fallen deputy's favorites with a sandwich he couldn't resist.

"The Thanksgiving Day sandwich, that was his favorite. The turkey with cranberries, stuffing and everything," said Joe Matuskovic's parents.

More than $17,000 worth of items were donated to the fundraiser, and each one was raffled off. All the proceeds will go to the Matuskovic family.

Organizers said it was an easy task for a hero's family.

"It was easy. Every phone call we made was answered with a gift or donation. We got everything from multiple fishing charters to a signed guitar from Darius Rucker and other celebrities like Kenny Chesney and Lee Brice," said Michael Merrill.

The Matuskovics say they cope with the loss of their son the best they can, adding a little humor can go a long way.

"As long as there is a glass of wine in her hand she's happy," said Gregory Matuskovic.

They say there isn't a day that passes they don't think of their son, but Annette and Gregory Matuskovic say they've found a sliver of comfort in newfound friends.

"I lost a son but have gained a lot of sons and daughters," said Annette Matuskovic.

Organizers hopes to raise at least $25,000 during the fundraiser.

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