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Two days after Christmas last year, Melissa Kurz’s husband was killed on Florida 9B in a terrible crash that left his car swallowed by flames.
Afterward, in shock, she went to the medical examiner’s office where she was given all that was left of Brian Kurz’s belongings. “They hand me, I kid you not, an evidence bag with a block of char,” she said.
In the char, mixed in with a melted mass of seatbelt and shirt, was his platinum wedding ring and a St. Christopher’s necklace with crucifix.
“And that’s all I have left of my husband,” said Melissa, who lives in St. Augustine.
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Brian was 37 and had been a pharmacist at the Walgreens at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and at the World Golf Village. He would sometimes pay the bills of patients who couldn’t afford their needed medication. He loved to play guitar. Some 550 people came to his memorial service at the Cathedral Basilica in St. Augustine.