Toys R Us murder victim remembered on anniversary

BLASDELL, N.Y. (WIVB) – On the one year anniversary of the murder of Toys R Us manager Larry Wells, his loved ones gathered to remember and celebrate his life.

His death has been the hardest on his wife and two young daughters. “Some days I feel as though he’s just at work and he’s going to come home, but this anniversary to me it just hurts so much to think it’s been a year and he’s never going to come back,” said his widow Jill Wells.

Friends and family released balloons at Fireman’s Park, in Larry’s home, the Village of Blasdell. The day was not only to remember Larry, but to provide support for Jill and his two young daughters. “Madison, as soon as she learned of her daddy passing, she wanted to send him messages, so I had the idea of sending balloons up so she would either write on the balloons or put a note on them to send them up to her daddy,” said Jill.

The event also served as the launch of a children’s book, Balloons for Heaven, which was written for the Wells family and tells Larry’s story. Author Matt Chandler is donating 100 percent of the proceeds from the sale of the book to Larry’s daughters, Madison and Paityn. “I’d love to give them a ton. I’d love for this to get picked up by a big publisher and I’d love to be sending them royalty checks for the rest of their lives,” said Chandler.

The book can be purchased at

Those who attended were asked to honor Larry by writing a note and attaching it to a balloon before releasing it up into the sky. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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