The following statement was released to FOX 21 Friday evening from the family of Terry Luukknen.
"Terry was the guy that everybody loved. He was kind hearted, generous & fun to be around. He loved to laugh with friends and family, play cribbage & have a good time no matter what he was doing. His smile & laughter were contagious.
He was active in many sports such as softball, volleyball & broomball. More than any other sport he was most active in his broomball league. He was the captain of his team the Superior Machine, traveling for several tournaments throughout the year. This year his team won the state championship in Blaine Mn. Here he was quoted in the ABC Newspsper.com:
"It's a wonderful feeling to win the championship game for a state title," said Terry Luukkonen of Duluth, defenseman and manager for Superior Machine which won the state title in the B Division. "The game was a close contest and you go from an anxious, nervous feeling to elation once the buzzer sounds."
In 2012 he received the Chancellor award in broomball.
Even as a young child Terry loved to be outdoors camping with family and fishing as much as he possibly could. He loved to fish for walleye and muskie out on Lake Superior, he caught some impressive fish out on the big lake.
Terry worked for Genesis for many years. He often traveled for work going a few times a year to Germany and Europe. Terry made friends wherever he went, even across the world. He loved his job and met some wonderful people.
But more than the sports he played, the outdoors, Terry loved to be with his family. He spent many nights with his mom and step father for dinner, time with his brother and sister and loved to play with his 4 nephews and 2 nieces. Terry was very close with his grandparents, many cousins, aunts & uncles.
He had countless friends, team mates and co-workers. He will be deeply missed by so many, words cannot describe the heartache we are all feeling at this time. We would like to thank both the Superior & Duluth Police Departments for all of their hard work on this case as well as Fox 21, for reaching out to focus on Terry during this unimaginable tragedy.
Family of Terry Luukkonen"