Officer Morelli’s father-in-law: ‘He was a special person’

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – Minister Andrew Wilch is Anthony Morelli’s Father In-law.  He remembers the last time he saw Morelli.

“They brought me right there where his body was lying and I touched the top of his head and had a silent prayer with him,” said Wilch.

Wilch said he and his family need prayer during this time.

“It’s been kind of hectic. Kind of heavy. It’s been hard. To deal with it, it’s such a shock. Even though we know he was in a dangerous occupation still it’s a shock,” said Wilch.

Wilch held a picture in his arms of Morelli, Morelli’s children and his wife.  Wilch knows their lives will never be the same.  However, he finds delight in remembering the good times with Morelli.  His smile. His loud laugh. His willingness to truly put others before himself.   It didn’t matter the task. Whether it was protecting and serving his community, or stopping by Wilch’s home to change a light bulb. Wilch said Morelli was there.

“He was a special person, a fine person,” said Wilch.

Wilch said his daughter, Morelli’s wife, and grandchildren are struggling the hardest with this, but the family is comforted by seeing police officers lining the streets for the last two days paying their respects.  Members of the community showing love to Morelli and his family he left behind.

“I am thankful for the positive impression they have of tony because he was one of the finest people I’ve ever known,” said Wilch. 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 and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s