Emotional words from the woman whose boyfriend was brutally attacked during a home invasion on the city's Eastside.
On Nov. 12, a man entered the couple's apartment and attacked 73-year-old Biven Dryden, known as Buzzy, with a two-by-four. The incident occurred near Craycroft and Broadway. Dryden’s girlfriend, Michelle Moore who goes by Mish, said she was also attacked when she tried to call 911.
Police said the suspect demanded money, but Moore explained they were on social security and had no money to give. The suspect fled the scene and was arrested shortly after.
Dryden died the next day.
The suspect, 19-year-old Malik Fuller, was booked into Pima County Jail on charges of first degree murder, two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of attempted armed robbery.
Moore said she and Dryden were inseparable.
"He was the air that I breathed," she said. "He was my everything."
For five and a half years, they always started their day in a special way.
"We would reach over and pat each other and say good morning, I love you baby," said Moore.
Dryden wasn't in good health. He was under hospice care . Despite that, he was determined to bring Moore a cup of coffee every morning because he said that was his job.
"He just had no more air," said Moore. "His heart was not able to beat well enough to give him all the air that he needed, but he did it because he loved me."
After the attack, Mish and Buzzy were taken to the hospital, where she had eight staples placed in her head to close the wound. While Buzzy was in a separate room, she went to see him and began to sing to him.
"With all of his face broken, he still smiled and told me that he loved me," said Moore. "Who else gets a love like that and how can I not forever be blessed?"
Moore had a message for the suspect who took the love of her life.
"I would tell him that I forgive you," she said. "I pray he would choose good from now on."
She said she chose to focus on the positives and remember the wonderful times she spent with Buzzy. She said, the last five months since he was in hospice, they made every moment count.
"We also got a chance to say goodbye, not everyone gets that chance," said Moore. "I am blessed. I don't have anything to be unhappy about. He's in a better place he is at peace."
As Thanksgiving approaches and despite her tragic loss, she wants everyone to look around and count their blessings. She wants you to tell the special people in your life that you love them.