TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - Glenn Rightsell's widow, Gloria also known as Gigi, posted a rendering on Facebook of the headstone she is having created in honor of her husband. Glenn was shot and killed by Indiana State Police Trooper Daniel Organ in December of 2018.
The headstone will be Harley-Davidson themed. About $9,000 dollars was raised in September at a benefit motorcycle ride. That money has helped them buy her husband's custom headstone.
"Glenn was a Harley rider all his life and he had bikes all his life," she said. "I was inspired to make (the headstone) a Harley."
Gigi said the local motorcycle community has been an overwhelming support for her and her family. Glenn is buried at the Elmwood Cemetery in Romney. His final resting place is marked by a white cross, decorated in angel wings, flowers, model motorcycles and a guitar pick. As we approach the one-year mark of his death, Gigi said she's doing better, but still feels her husband's loss every day.
"It's easier in some ways; I just have good days and bad days, but it never goes away, it never goes away," she said. "We know what happened was wrong."
Allen Monument Company is creating the headstone for the family. A concrete slab is already laid out at Glenn's resting place, ready for the final creation. Gigi said the headstone will be a special tribute to Glenn's love for riding his motorcycle and their love for each other.
"Their going to put the orange stripe in and it's going to be perfect," she said. "People have been asking what the 7-7-7 means and that's the day that we got married."
It will also have a picture of the couple in the center. As we previously reported, the Rightsell family is currently suing ISP for wrongful death damages. Gigi was not able to comment on the status of the lawsuit at this time. She expects the headstone will be ready by the end of January. She said they plan to move the white cross to the place where he was killed on U.S 231 in Montgomery County.
Photo below of the headstone rendering courtesy of Gigi Egan-Rightsell's Facebook page.