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FFMV - December 2012 newsletter

  1. 1. FAMILIES & FRIENDS OF Need Someone to Talk To? MURDER VICTIMS, Inc. * Bertha Flores - Parent - Spanish speaking (FFMV) (909) 200-5499 (after 3pm) *Rose Madsen – Parent (909) 798-4803 (after Newsletter December 2012 4pm) *Maxine Russell – (818) 378-2072 Thank-you: Parent/Grief Counselor *Carol Anderson – Website *Dawn Hall - Parent(951) 757-4419 *Kaiser – Oakland *Mary Stewart -Parent (951 698-5317) *Avaxat Elementary School- Murrieta Emergency Consult for Suicidal or Homicidal *St. Anthony’s Catholic Church-Upland *Christ The Redeemer Catholic Church Participants Grand Terrace *Linda Atencio -Parent – 760-490-7864 Portola Community Center- Palm Desert * Ellie Rossi - Parent - 909-810-8133 *San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office of Victim Services/Victim Advocates * Delores Maloy- Parent – High Desert *Riverside County District Attorney’s Office of Victim Contact – 760-530-7027 Services/Victim Advocates Optimist Club of Redlands, CA Geezers M.C. *Family of Kris Flores Families & Friends of Murder Victims: *Janet Garcia& Barbara Christian A non-profit organization facebook administrators Dedicated to providing information, support, and * Ellie Rossi friendship to persons who have experienced the*Anonymous Donor for sponsoring newsletter for death of a loved one through the violent act of December 2012 murder Share Sorrow….. Share Strength Mission: To restore a sense of hope and to provide a pathway to well-being to those who have lost a loved one to murder and to those who are victims of attempted murder. Love Gifts Love gifts are a specific tax deductible donation made to the memory of a loved one’s birthday, anniversary of a death, holiday, or just because which are posted in newsletter. They are also made by caring professionals, organizations to help in the work that FFMV does with victims/survivors. These gifts help with the expenses incurred in reaching out to others and operating expenses. When making out a check, please make payable to FFMV and note Love Gift on check or envelope. Love Gifts can be mailed to FFMV- P.O. Box 11222 San Bernardino, Ca. - 92423-1222I don’t need an Angel on top of my tree, Join Families & Friends of Murder Victims on I already have one in Heaven Looking at me! Thank-you Janet Garcia Mother of Jesse Garcia – 6/10/78 – 6/27/94 Barbara Christian Mother of Terri Lynn Winchell– 4/10/63 – 1/8/81
  2. 2. West End Chapter -Bi-lingual Riverside Chapter nd Meets every 2 Thursday of every month at 7:00pm-8:30pmMeets on the 3rd Wednesday of every St. Anthony’s Catholic Church month at 7pm Conference RoomAvaxat Elementary School, 24300 La 2210 North San Antonio Upland, CA 91786 Brisas Road in Murrieta, CA Participants have the option of the Contact Dawn (951) 757-4419 English & Spanish Meeting For directions ask for PJ at- Local Grupo Bilingue 951-696-1600 x2177 – Los participantes pueden escoger en Inglés o en M-F 9am-4pm (1-2pm lunch) 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 1st Tuesday of every month NO DECEMBER MEETINGChrist The Redeemer Catholic Church Robinson Hall – Room 6 Grief Support Group 12745 Oriole Ave Grand Terrace, CA ALL are welcome at our monthly meetings. 92313 Whether you are a parishioner or not. If you Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm are suffering the loss of a loved one and in Contact person for directions or need to talk to someone, we are here to information Rose – 909-754-6969 listen and share emotions. mail4ffmv@yahoo.com Together and with the help of the Lord, we can help each other heal. NO MEETING FOR DECEMBER Meetings are held every 2nd Wednesday of see you at memorial 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) Palm Desert, CA 92260 Birthdays, anniversaries & 760-568-2560- Call for directions Rose – 909-754-6969 holidays -times that used to mail4ffmv@yahoo.com mean joy and celebration - can Candy- 619-200-0547 Candyclb@aol.com now be among the toughestDecember 19, 2012 for a special Holiday now. Meeting Observe them with care and Oakland Chapter simple ceremony to ease the Kaiser in Oakland, Howe St. at pain. Broadway, 12th floor Room 1200 East Contact Helene (510) 452-2553
  3. 3. Resources and Additional Support Services * Striving Towards Eradicating Violence In Ennercities -S.T.E.V.I.E. stevieisunityandpeace@yahoo.com San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office oneunikadvocate2@aol.com of Victim Witness Centers: San Bernardino * www.psychic4themissing.com (909) 387-6540 *Homicide Survivors Inc. Rancho Cucamonga: (909) 945-4241* Victorville/Desert area: (760) 552-6994* Riverside County District Attorney’s Office of FFMV Fundraisers Victim Witness Centers: Office Depot - Staples – Office Max Riverside: (951) 955-5450 If you shop at Office Depot or Staples pleaseMurrieta: (951) 304-5680 * Banning: (951) 922-7130 use FFMV’s Rewards Number for Office Depot * Indio: (760) 863-8408 which is 1139461170 Office Max – 650756207, *Los Angeles County District Attorneys Victim Staples- or use just give them 909-798-4803 Witness Assistance Program offices: for all three. We get reward points that help Pomona: 909) 620-3381 defray the cost of printing, ink cartridges and *Life.After.Uncivil.Ruthless.Acts. office supplies. 323-816-9651 www.laurala.org* WINGS OF JUSTICE – Website PLEASE….Don‘t throw away your old inkwww.murdermislabeledsuicide.com/WingsofJustice cartridges! Continue to bring them to us, or *Women Against Gun Violence – 310-204-2348 take them to Office Max, Staples or Office www.wagv.org Depot and give them 909-798-4803 *www.CrimeVictims.gov—public awareness Web It’s an easy way to help site FFMV purchase office supplies.* H.E.A.L. Helping Everyone Acknowledge Loss – 818-378-2072– RussellBliss21@aol.com * Crime Victims United of California – 916-928- I will light Candles this Christmas; 4797 www.crimevictimsunited.com or mail@crimevictimsunited.com Candles of joy despite all sadness, * North American Victim Assistance (NOVA) Candles of hope where despair keeps www.trynova.org watch, * Victims of Crime Resources Center (800) Candles of courage for fears ever VICTIMS present, * POMC - (888) 818-POMC www.pomc.org* Greater Orange County POMC – Marie – 714-999- Candles of peace for tempest-tossed 7132 – 562-508-2397 * Citizens Against Homicide - (415) 455-5944 days, * Justice for Murdered Children - (310) 547-1367 Candles of grace to ease heavy * The Crime Victims Assistance Network (iCAN) burdens, Foundation (916) 273-3603 Candles of love to inspire all my living, * Memory of Victims Everywhere - (949) 248-5470 Candles that will burn all the year long. MOVE@cox.net * Resource for the Grieving and Bereavedwww.griefcompanion.com * Crime Survivors – 949-872-7895 www.crimesurvivors.com Bi-monthly meetings held in Orange County * Adela Lavine~Medium: www.adelalavine.com * MADD – (909) 888-6233 www.maddsanbernardino.org *JUSTICE FOR HOMICIDE VICTIMS - (310) 457- 0030 -jhvinfo@justiceforhomicidevictims.com
  4. 4. December 2012 Birthdays Andy R. Castro Jr. Bruce Ridgley Bryan Stapleton Christopher Martinez Dominic T. Reed Edward A. Ortiz Franky Mosqueda Gilbert Rivera Jacob Eric Jackson Jacqueline McVoy (Matzke) Jason Verde Jennifer LeAnne Balber Jesus D. Calderon Marie C. Gonzales Mark Mireles Mickey Thompson Michael Andrew Rosas Michele Jeanette Carson Reychell Lujan Roberto Carlos Davalos Russell Travis Dorff Samantha Salas Sonia Herrera Tom Myers Travis Williams William “Bill” DyrnessWe Will Always Remember You
  5. 5. December 2012 Memories Alexander Alvarado Anthony Maldoado Arturo J. Velazquez Beatrice Hatfield Brian Michael Doyel Bruce Ridgley Chris Stirrat Clasten Jr. Vaughn David Lowe David Allen Parrish Dominic Ortega Ericka Elaine Baker Henry Vellore Lozano Janet Heartfield Jerrick Jay (J-Jay) Richarson Jerry Angelo Sandoval Joseph Salazar Krishana LeAnn Szymanski Linda Hesse Michele R. Kriezel Reginald Reese Roberto V. Morales Timothy Hatch Travis Williams Nicolas & Emilia CasasAngelo “EIO” Huerta, Donna Marie Morgan & Steven CalderaWe Will Always Remember You
  6. 6. LOVE GIFTS In Loving Memory of In Loving Memory of Michele Jeanette Carson Sammantha Salas 12/22/84 – 11/7/10 12/19/91 – 1/26/08In Loving Memory David Charles Nystrom – 2/2/64 - 7/27/98 & Lisa Cummings – 11/13/66 – 3/12/11 Brother and Sister in Heaven ….. now together watching over their Mom (Ellie Rossi) --------------------------------------------------------------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 message and/or picture(s) for the month of: ___________# of pictures enclosed/attached ____________ Use picture on file_______________
  7. 7. CAMP GOOD GRIEF (SVP)Camp Good Grief-Special Victims Program (SVP) is a joint effort between the San Bernardino County DistrictAttorneys Office Bureau of Victim Services and Loma Linda University Medical Center Childrens Hospital. The 3-day grief camp is geared toward homicide/suicide and is for children ages 10-16 who have experienced a violentdeath in their family. Campers board a bus at the Ronald McDonald House in Loma Linda and head to CampCedar Falls in the San Bernardino Mountains for a three-day camp and grief therapy experience.At camp the children participate in game and team building activities and therapeutic group activities designedto help them learn and understand how to cope with the grief over the violent death of their loved one. Thiscamp has been so successful that it has been expanded to include Camp Good Grief - Special Victims ProgramTeen Retreat. It will be held annually and provides grief services for teens ages 14-18 who previouslyparticipated in Camp Good Grief - SVP and whose lives have been positively impacted by camp. It will be acombination of learning advanced grief management skills as well as a training camp for future Camp Good GriefPeer Counselors.Camp is free of charge to all campers and camperships are funded by unclaimed victim restitution. Therapistsand interns from Loma Linda Marriage and Family Therapy Clinic, Loma Linda Child Life Specialists and DistrictAttorneys Office Victim Advocates donate their time to the camp.The Bureau of Victim Services and Loma Linda University Childrens Hospital have pledged to continuefundraising activities, presentations to service groups, and outreach events so they may continue hosting futureCamp Good Grief-SVP programs.Contact: Dorothy Brooks 909-558-4073 COLD CASES FYII 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 encourage you to submit your story if you still have an unsolved case!
  8. 8. Come and Join Families & Friends of Murder Victims, Inc. to their Annual Christmas Candlelight/Memorial Luncheon All FFMV chapter members, their family, children, friends and supporters of FFMV are invited to attend When: Sunday December 9, 2012 Time: 2pm - 5pm Where: The Diocese of San Bernardino Pastoral Center 1201 E. Highland Ave., San Bernardino, CA. 92404-4641 (909) 475-5300~FFMV will provide the main course, & beverage, and one ornament for each family ~We ask that you please bring a salad or side dish and dessert to share ~ ~ Bring your Loved Ones picture to display on our Memorial Table ~ ~ Each family will receive an ornament in Memory of their Loved One ~ ~ Our Loved Ones Slide Show Presentation (send your picture) ~ FFMV will be accepting gifts/toys for our Annual Raffle thru December 7, 2012, please contact Rose @ 909-798-4803(leavemessage) or email mail4ffmv@yahoo.com to make arrangements for drop-off or pick up of gifts. ~ Our Goal is to have all children receive a special gift at Annual Raffle ~ We are in need of volunteers to help Set-up (arrive at 1pm), serving food, or clean-up
  9. 9. 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 Service in Rialto, CANovember 10, 1994, my life forever changed….My Jen would be turning 39yrs old onDecember 2nd…. I wish everyone a Happy & Peaceful Christmas and Safe New Year.ThoughtfullyRose Jen-Jen 12/2/73 – 11/10/94 Happy 39th!! My beautiful Jen…..I can no longer…See you with my eyes…Touch you with my hands… But I will feel you in my heart….Forever…Love, MomFFMV is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving survivors of murder victims & victims of attempted murder.Our main purpose is grief support for those victim/survivors. All assistance provided to victims is given free ofcharge by volunteers. Contributions and/or questions regarding the policies of FFMV may be addressed to: FFMVExecutive Board at P.O. Box 11222 San Bernardino, Ca. 92423-1222, e-mailed to mail4fffmv@yahoo.com orphoned to 909-798-4803.FFMV is a tax-exempt organization under the Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Service.Our Organization depends largely upon private donations which will cover operational expenses, OurAnnual Family Christmas Memorial Luncheon, and Our Annual Victims’ Rights Week Memorial. We areseeking a sponsor (s) for our events. Please contact FFMV at the above e-mail or phone if you areinterested. Tax ID #68-0299211 All Contributions Are Tax Deductible
  10. 10. 2013 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 2013 Thank-you… if you have already sent your 2013 donation
  11. 11. 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