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  • 1. July 2012 Birthdays & Memories
  • 2. FAMILIES & FRIENDS OFMURDER VICTIMS, Inc. (FFMV) Families & Friends of Murder Victims: A non-profit organization Dedicated to providing information, support, Newsletter July 2012 and friendship to persons who have experienced the death of a loved one Thank-you: through the violent act of murder *Carol Anderson – Website Share Sorrow….. *Kaiser – Oakland *Avaxat Elementary School- Murrieta Share Strength *St. Anthony’s Catholic Church-Upland Mission: To restore a sense of hope and to *Christ The Redeemer Catholic Church provide a pathway to well-being to those who Grand Terrace have lost a loved one to murder and to those Portola Community Center- Palm Desert who are victims of attempted murder. *San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office of Victim Services/Victim Advocates *Riverside County District Attorney’s Office of Victim Love Gifts Services/Victim Advocates Love gifts are a specific tax deductible donation *Family of Kris Flores made to the memory of a loved one’s birthday, *Janet Garcia – facebook administrator anniversary of a death, holiday, or just because*Anonymous Donor for sponsoring newsletter for which are posted in newsletter. They are also JULY 2012 made by caring professionals, organizations to help in the work that FFMV does with victims/survivors. These gifts help with theFMV Newsletter is available via e-mail to expenses incurred in reaching out to others andreduce mailing costs. operating expenses. When making out a check, please make payable to FFMV and note LoveTo receive the newsletter and other Gift on check or envelope.FFMV future events please send your e- Love Gifts can be mailed tomail address to mail4ffmv@yahoo.com FFMV- P.O. Box 11222 San Bernardino, Ca. -and FFMV will e-mail you the newsletter 92423-1222 COLTON CHAPTER UPDATE Need Someone to Talk To? * Bertha Flores - Parent - Spanish There will be NO meeting Tuesday July 3rd speaking (909) 200-5499 (after 3pm) We will resume Tuesday August 7, 2012 *Rose Madsen – Parent (909) 798-4803 (after 4pm) *Maxine Russell – (818) 378-2072 Grief Counselor *Dawn Hall - (951) 757-4419 Inmate Locator, Department of Corrections *Mary Stewart (951 698-5317) is now making it easier for people to locate Emergency Consult for Suicidal or prison inmates; it’s a free online search Homicidal Participants: * Linda Atencio -Parent – 760-490-7864 and is open to the general public. * Ellie Rossi - 909-810-9133 http://inmatelocator.cdcr.ca.gov Many we love have passed away tooJoin Families & Friends of Murder Victims soon….without reason. We remember them often in aon thousand different ways…. In the morning…In the night…Thank-you Janet Garcia- When we look at the stars….A date…Mother of Jesse Garcia – 6/10/78 – 6/27/94 A song…A place…A smell In Memory of all those who have left us too soon…
  • 3. Riverside Chapter West End Chapter -Bi-lingualMeets on the 3 rd Wednesday of every Meets every 2nd Thursday of every month at 7:00pm-8:30pm month at 7pm St. Anthony’s Catholic ChurchAvaxat Elementary School, 24300 La Conference Room Brisas Road in Murrieta, CA 2210 North San Antonio Upland, CA 91786 Contact Dawn (951) 757-4419 Participants have the option of the For directions ask for PJ at- English & Spanish Meeting 951-696-1600 x2177 – Local Grupo Bilingue M-F 9am-4pm (1-2pm lunch) Los participantes pueden escoger en Inglés o en Next Meeting – July 18, 2012 Español Se reunen cada Segundo Jueves del mes a las 7:00 p.m. Contact persons/ Personas de contacto: Colton Chapter Rita Marin (909) 215-7063 rittaatffmv@aol.com Next Meeting July 12, 2012 st 1 Tuesday of every monthChrist The Redeemer Catholic Church Grief Support Group Robinson Hall – Room 6 ALL are welcome at our monthly meetings. 12745 Oriole Ave Grand Terrace, CA Whether you are a parishioner or not. If you 92313 are suffering the loss of a loved one and in New Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm need to talk to someone, we are here to Contact person for directions or listen and share emotions. information Rose – 909-754-6969 Together and with the help of the Lord, we mail4ffmv@yahoo.com can help each other heal. Meetings are held every 2 nd Wednesday of Next Meeting – August 7, 2012 the month 7 to 9 P.M. ~ Room 8 St. Anthony’s Church 1640 Western Ave. Coachella Valley Chapter San Bernardino (909)887-3810 New Address Contacts: Hope Morfin (909)820-6163 We will continue meeting every Ralph & Arlene Payan (909)887-4387 3rd Wednesday of each month (FFMV Participants) 6:00pm – 8:00pm Danny & Rose Equihua (909) 887-3744 Portola Community Center Room 2 45-480 Portola Ave (parking on Shadow Mountain) One Step at a Time Palm Desert, CA 92260 760-568-2560- Call for directions Confront Sorrow, Rose – 909-754-6969 mail4ffmv@yahoo.com Express your Grief. Candy- 691-200-0547 Candyclb@aol.com Face your fears and your ANGER. Next meeting is July 18, 2012 Determine to live again. Oakland Chapter Accept the help of others. Kaiser in Oakland, Howe St. at Broadway, Make a start to put the stars back into 12th floor Room 1200 East your sky. Contact Helene (510) 452-2553
  • 4. Resources and Additional Support Services FFMV Fundraisers San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office of Cell Phones Victim Witness Centers: San Bernardino We ship your recycled phones, regardless (909) 387-6540 of age or condition of the phone. This will be Rancho Cucamonga: (909) 945-4241* Victorville/Desert an ongoing fundraiser, so we encourage area: (760) 243-8619 Riverside County District Attorney’s Office of Victim year round participation. Witness Centers: FFMV will receive between 50 cents and up Riverside: (951) 955-5450 to $30 per cell phone. Murrieta: (951) 304-5680 * Banning: (951) 922-7130 * Contact Rita Marin at (909) 215-7063 or Indio: (760) 863-8408 take your phone to your next chapter *Los Angeles County District Attorneys Victim Witness Assistance Program offices: meeting. Pomona: 909) 620-3381 *Life.After.Uncivil.Ruthless.Acts. Office Depot - Staples – Office Max 323-816-9651 www.laurala.org If you shop at Office Depot or Staples* WINGS OF JUSTICE – Websitewww.murdermislabeledsuicide.com/WingsofJustice please use FFMV’s Rewards Number for *Women Against Gun Violence – 310-204-2348 Office Depot which is 1139461170 Office www.wagv.org Max – 650756207, Staples- or use just *www.CrimeVictims.gov—public awareness Web site give them 909-798-4803 for all three. We * H.E.A.L. Helping Everyone Acknowledge Loss – 818- get reward points that help defray the cost 378-2072– RussellBliss21@aol.com * Crime Victims United of California – 916-928-4797 of printing, ink cartridges and office www.crimevictimsunited.com or supplies. mail@crimevictimsunited.com * North American Victim Assistance (NOVA) www.trynova.org PLEASE….Don ‘t throw away your old * Victims of Crime Resources Center (800) VICTIMS ink cartridges! Continue to bring them to * POMC - (888) 818-POMC www.pomc.org us, or take them to Office Max, Staples or* Greater Orange County POMC – Marie – 714-999-7132 – Office Depot and give them 909-798-4803 562-508-2397 It’s an easy way to help * Citizens Against Homicide - (415) 455-5944 * Justice for Murdered Children - (310) 547-1367 FFMV purchase office supplies. * The Crime Victims Assistance Network (iCAN) Foundation (916) 273-3603 * Memory of Victims Everywhere - (949) 248-5470 MOVE@cox.net I Never Got To... * Resource for the Grieving and © Emilee Reynolds Bereavedwww.griefcompanion.com * Crime Survivors – 949-872-7895 I never got to give you a hug www.crimesurvivors.com Bi-monthly meetings held in before an angel took your hand Orange County and gave you a tug * Adela Lavine~Medium: www.adelalavine.com * MADD – (909) 888-6233 www.maddsanbernardino.org I never got to give you a kiss *JUSTICE FOR HOMICIDE VICTIMS - (310) 457-0030 - before you made your final wish jhvinfo@justiceforhomicidevictims.com * Striving Towards Eradicating Violence In Ennercities - I never got to tell you I love you S.T.E.V.I.E. stevieisunityandpeace@yahoo.com before you disappeared into the sky so blue oneunikadvocate2@aol.com * www.psychic4themissing.com *Homicide Survivors Inc. I never got to tell you Goodbye todd.blumhorst@pcao.pima.gov before you got your wings and learned to fly 520.740.5729 all these things I wish I did whether by choiceClick on the links below or cut and past to or fateyour address bar, these are short clips of I was too late...our VRW Memorial…Thanks Chris http://youtu.be/9c_2GFYfGYU and http://youtu.be/YyiueOx_79I
  • 5. July Birthdays Aaron Luis Angulo Angela Lynn Merth Bella Villapando Brian Douglas Kischell Bryan O’Meara Carlos Angelo Centino Clasten Jr. Vaughn Daniel Perez Jr. David Allen Parrish Devon Michael Williams Elmer Benson Frankie Cayetano Josslyn Dinso-Brooks Laura Sanchez Mauro Valle Michael Reed Jr. Miranda Daly Norma Gates Paul Griego Raymond Moreno Rebecca R. Andrews Ryan Blakeslee Scott CampbellThomas Charles Pagent Jr. Victor Bernard White Jr.
  • 6. July Memories Chelsea Buckley Daniel Svoboda David Charles Nystrom Dillon Ray Keyes Dominic Ortega Don J. Burt Elsie Redmond Frank Salinas Greselda Gonzalez Jerald Eugene Svec Joshua Chambers Joyce Nelson Kristhopher Flores Manuel Rodriguez Michael Alexander Corrales Michael Hernandez Michele Lynette Baily Otillia Burton Paul Griego Roberto “Junior” Grijalva Roghie (Ruhie) Ebrahimpour TimothyGaines Tom Meyers Victoria Lee Castro“Gone But Not Forgotten”
  • 7. LOVE GIFTS In Loving Memory of In Loving Memory of Elmer Benson Kris Flores 7/08/1916 – 2/11/96 10/10/77 – 7/24/96 Still Unsolved---------------------------------------------------------------Love Gift-----------------------------------------------------------------Donation $_______________Name (please print):_________________________________________________________________Address____________________________________City/St.________________________Zip__________Email address: __________________________________________________________Your Phone # ( ) ____________________Relationship to Victim: _____________________________Name of Victim: _________________________________________________________________Date of Birth: Date of Death: ______________________Please post my loved ones picture(s) for the month of: ___________# of pictures enclosed/attached ____________ Use picture on file_______________
  • 8. CAMP GOOD GRIEF (SVP)Camp Good Grief-Special Victims Program (SVP) is a joint effort between the San Bernardino County District AttorneysOffice Bureau of Victim Services and Loma Linda University Medical Center Childrens Hospital. The 3-day grief camp isgeared toward homicide/suicide and is for children ages 10-16 who have experienced a violent death in their family.Campers board a bus at the Ronald McDonald House in Loma Linda and head to Camp Cedar Falls in the San BernardinoMountains for a three-day camp and grief therapy experience.At camp the children participate in game and team building activities and therapeutic group activities designed to helpthem learn and understand how to cope with the grief over the violent death of their loved one. This camp has been sosuccessful that it has been expanded to include Camp Good Grief - Special Victims Program Teen Retreat. It will be heldannually and provides grief services for teens ages 14-18 who previously participated in Camp Good Grief - SVP and whoselives have been positively impacted by camp. It will be a combination of learning advanced grief management skills as wellas a training camp for future Camp Good Grief Peer Counselors.Camp is free of charge to all campers and camperships are funded by unclaimed victim restitution. Therapists and internsfrom Loma Linda Marriage and Family Therapy Clinic, Loma Linda Child Life Specialists and District Attorneys Office VictimAdvocates donate their time to the camp.The Bureau of Victim Services and Loma Linda University Childrens Hospital have pledged to continue fundraising activities,presentations to service groups, and outreach events so they may continue hosting future Camp Good Grief-SVP programs.Contact: Dorothy Brooks 909-558-4073“And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.” -Haruki Murakami By Memories of the Souls (album_
  • 9. “We Come To Share Our Story” A Day of Reflection and Healing for People who have lost a loved one to murder.When: Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012 RSVP by August 30th.To the Office of Restorative Justice (909) 475-5474 or by completing the form below. Spaces are limited.Where: St. Andrews Abbey in peaceful, beautiful and scenic Valyermo 31001 N Valyermo Rd. Valyermo, CA 93563 (661) 944-2178 or www.saintandrewsabby.comRegistration: 8:00am - 8:30amReflection Day: 8:30am until 7:00pmCost: $25.00 per person (includes continental breakfast, lunch and dinner) Bring photo and/or memento of your loved one This reflection day will be in English. For More Info: Contact Sister Sue Reif at 909-475-5474 (office) or sreif@sbdiocese.org-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Registration Form:Name:_________________________________________________________________MailingAddress:_________________________________________________________Email Address:_________________________________________________________Home phone:__________________________________________________________Cell phone:____________________________________________________________ Checks can be made out to "Diocese of San Bernardino." Please mail form and payment to: Office of Restorative Justice, 1201 E. Highland Avenue, San Bernardino, CA 92404
  • 10. From Rose Madsen, Editor/Chair/co-founder of the Colton & Coachella Chapter of FFMV In Memory of my daughter Jennifer LeAnne Balber 12/02/73 – 11/10/94 A 20yr. old SoCal Gas Co. Meter Reader, Fatally Shot in the Line of ServiceI attended JHV Memorial in April, guest Speaker Frank Girardot, editor of the Pasadena Star News andsenior editor of the San Gabriel Valley Tribune Group announced that he would to publish pictures andinformation regarding unsolved homicide cases on the newspaper website. Many families that I knowpersonally have UNSOLVED cases which have turned to COLD cases…Everyone deserves JUSTICEIf your loved one was murdered in the greater Southern California area and the case is unsolved, Frankwill get it published in the newspaper.You can check out the Cold Case Project by going to www.PasadenaStarNews.com/coldcases. Thepaper also has the project listed on Facebook …This is a response Frank gave me when I e-mailed him about this project:Hi Rose, If I get a photo from a loved one I will post it on our website as soon as I can. Anyone who is interestedcan contact me and I promise to get them set up.Sincerely,Frank Girardot911 E. Colorado BlvdPasadena, CA 91106626-578-6300 ext.4478frank.girardot@sgvn.comHere is some basic information Frank needs when you send him a picture of your loved one:Your full name, address, phone(s), e-mail address, Victims Full Name and age at time of murder,Victims DOB-DOD, your relationship to victim, city where murder took place, any suspects arrested?,Detective’s name & phone, & short bio on how your loved one was murdered.I’m working on August memory board, so send me your loved ones picture.ThoughtfullyRoseFFMV is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving survivors of murder victims & victims ofattempted murder. Our main purpose is grief support for those victim/survivors. All assistanceprovided to victims is given free of charge by volunteers. Contributions and/or questionsregarding the policies of FFMV may be addressed to: FFMV Executive Board at P.O. Box11222 San Bernardino, Ca. 92423-1222, e-mailed to mail4fffmv@yahoo.com or phoned to 909-798-4803. FFMV is a tax-exempt organization under the Section 501 (c) (3) of the InternalRevenue Service.The Organization depends largely upon private donations to cover operationalexpenses, but also seeks some funding. Tax ID #68-0299211 All Contributions Are Tax Deductible D
  • 11. 2012 Participant /Photo Release Form for slide show & picture boards Families & Friends of Murder Victims, INC (FFMV)Circle one: New Participant ~ Update my information ~ Agency/Non VictimPlease PrintDate________________ Relationship to Victim_______________________Victim’s First Name_________________________________________Victim’s Last Name_________________________________________Date of Birth _____________ Date of Death__________ Solved: Yes ( ) No ( )Permission to use photo(s): Yes ( ) No ( ) Just add me to e-mail/mailing list toreceive monthly newsletter and event informationI grant to Families & Friends of Murder Victims, Inc. (FFMV), the right to usephotograph(s) of the above-identified subject. I authorize FFMV to use andpublish the same in print and/or electronically.I agree that FFMV may use such photographs with or without his/her name and forany lawful purpose, including for example such purposes as publicity, illustration,advertising, and Web content.I have read and understand the above.Name of Agency/Non-Victim if applicable: ________________________________Signature _________________________________________________________Print Full Name _____________________________________________________Address___________________________________________________________City__________________________________ Zip Code____________________Phone with area code ______________________________________E-mail ____________________________________________________________ Mail or e-mail participant/release form to: mail4ffmv@yahoo.com FFMV ~ P.O.Box 11222 San Bernardino, CA ~ 92423-1222 I have included a picture ( ) Yes ( ) No use the one on file I have included a $_________ donation for 2012 Thank-you… if you have already sent your 2012 donation
  • 12. Please help with this legislation, to either sponsor or co-sponsor this urgently needed bill.Write to your congressperson and Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne FeinsteinCongresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen as the Chair of the House Foreign Relations Committee and CongressmanHoward Berman as the Ranking Member.Chief of Staff Margaret Mott (mail wont be stalled thru radiation there as it is inDC)14546 Hamlin St. # 202 Van Nuys, California 91401 Phone (818) 994-7200 Fax: (818) 994-1050Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Chair of the House Foreign Relations Committee2206 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515-0918 to either sponsor orCo-sponsor this urgently needed bill.Thanks, Maxine B. Russell - Mother of Darren - russellbliss21@aol.comOn the web: www.russellcase.net (UPDATED)On Twitter: @killed_in_chinaIn U.S. Federal Court: Case No. CV-09-06050