Many lives were changed forever on Oct. 9, 2009 when four men from Springfield shot and killed Jeffrey and Glenda Smith of Phillipsburg and Zachary Porter of Elkland.
Porter, 24, the third victim, was shot in Miranda Smith’s apartment shortly after midnight on Oct. 10. While the families of the other two victims, Jeffrey and Glenda Smith are from Laclede County, Zachary had moved to Missouri from Arizona.
“He was perfect,” Diane Porter, of Tucson, Ariz., told The Daily Record recently. Then she chuckled. “Well, only in a mother’s mind, right?”
Zachary was her firstborn and the first grandchild in the family, so she said he was a little spoiled, especially for the first three-and-a-half years of his life until his brother, Daryl, was born.
“Even as a little guy, he was always happy, carefree, a great sense of humor. If you were his friend, he loved you for life. He had the ability to make people like him,” Diane Porter said.
Zachary was active in baseball and other sports and his father, Don, coached him. At 16, Zachary found a passion for outdoor wrestling, and later became a certified wrestler in Missouri. As a mother, Diane Porter admits she believed wrestling to be more dangerous than any other organized sport, but knowing how much he loved it, she supported him anyway.
Zachary wrestled at a friend’s house and met Penny Woodall there.
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