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August 2012 newsletter


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Families & Friends of Murder Victims

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August 2012 newsletter

  1. 1. FAMILIES & FRIENDS OF Families & Friends of Murder Victims: MURDER VICTIMS, Inc. A non-profit organization Dedicated to providing information, support, (FFMV) and friendship to persons who have experienced the death of a loved one Newsletter August 2012 through the violent act of murder Share Sorrow….. Thank-you: Share Strength *Carol Anderson – Website Mission: To restore a sense of hope and to *Kaiser – Oakland provide a pathway to well-being to those who *Avaxat Elementary School- Murrieta have lost a loved one to murder and to those *St. Anthony’s Catholic Church-Upland who are victims of attempted murder. *Christ The Redeemer Catholic Church Grand Terrace Love Gifts Portola Community Center- Palm Desert *San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office of Love gifts are a specific tax deductible donation Victim Services/Victim Advocates made to the memory of a loved one’s birthday, *Riverside County District Attorney’s Office of Victim anniversary of a death, holiday, or just because Services/Victim Advocates which are posted in newsletter. They are also *Family of Kris Flores made by caring professionals, organizations to *Janet Garcia – facebook administrator help in the work that FFMV does with*Anonymous Donor for sponsoring newsletter for victims/survivors. These gifts help with the August2012 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. Need Someone to Talk To? Love Gifts can be mailed to * Bertha Flores - Parent - Spanish speaking FFMV- P.O. Box 11222 San Bernardino, Ca. - (909) 200-5499 (after 3pm) 92423-1222 *Rose Madsen – Parent (909) 798-4803 (after 4pm) *Maxine Russell – (818) 378-2072 Join Families & Friends of Murder Victims on Parent/Grief Counselor *Dawn Hall - Parent(951) 757-4419 Thank-you *Mary Stewart -Parent (951 698-5317) Emergency Consult for Suicidal or Homicidal Janet Garcia Participants Mother of Jesse Garcia – 6/10/78 – 6/27/94*Linda Atencio -Parent – 760-490-7864 Barbara Christian * Ellie Rossi - Parent 909-810-9133 Mother of Terri Lynn Winchell– 4/10/63 – 1/8/81
  2. 2. Riverside Chapter West End Chapter -Bi-lingualMeets on the 3rd 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 – August 15, 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 Next Meeting August 9, 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 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 day the tears may stop, Palm Desert, CA 92260 One day I will smile, 760-568-2560- Call for directions But the pain I feel inside me will be Rose – 909-754-6969 there for a while, J.F.Connor Candy- 619-200-0547 Next meeting is August 15, 2012 Inmate Locator, Department of Corrections is now making it Oakland Chapter easier for people to locate prison Kaiser in Oakland, Howe St. at inmates; it’s a free online Broadway, search and is open to the 12th floor Room 1200 East Contact Helene (510) 452-2553 general public.
  3. 3. Resources and Additional Support Services FFMV Fundraisers San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office Cell Phones of 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* an ongoing fundraiser, so we encourage Victorville/Desert area: (760) 243-8619 year round participation. Riverside County District Attorney’s Office of FFMV will receive between 50 cents and up Victim Witness Centers: to $30 per cell phone. Riverside: (951) 955-5450 Contact Rita Marin at (909) 215-7063 orMurrieta: (951) 304-5680 * Banning: (951) 922-7130 take your phone to your next chapter * Indio: (760) 863-8408 meeting. *Los Angeles County District Attorneys Victim Witness Assistance Program offices: Pomona: 909) 620-3381 Office Depot - Staples – Office Max *Life.After.Uncivil.Ruthless.Acts. If you shop at Office Depot or Staples 323-816-9651 please use FFMV’s Rewards Number for* WINGS OF JUSTICE – Website Office Depot which is 1139461170 Max – 650756207, Staples- or use just *Women Against Gun Violence – 310-204-2348 give them 909-798-4803 for all three. We get reward points that help defray the cost *—public awareness Web of printing, ink cartridges and office site supplies.* H.E.A.L. Helping Everyone Acknowledge Loss – 818-378-2072– * Crime Victims United of California – 916-928- PLEASE….Don ‘t throw away your old 4797 or ink cartridges! Continue to bring them to us, or take them to Office Max, Staples or * North American Victim Assistance (NOVA) Office Depot and give them 909-798-4803 It’s an easy way to help * Victims of Crime Resources Center (800) FFMV purchase office supplies. VICTIMS * POMC - (888) 818-POMC* Greater Orange County POMC – Marie – 714-999- 7132 – 562-508-2397 ♥ Im Still Here, * Citizens Against Homicide - (415) 455-5944 I may be gone but please dont cry * Justice for Murdered Children - (310) 547-1367 * The Crime Victims Assistance Network (iCAN) Death is not the last goodbye, Foundation (916) 273-3603 Death released me of my pain * Memory of Victims Everywhere - (949) 248-5470 There will come a day we * Resource for the Grieving and will meet again, Don’t be blue and dont be sad * Crime Survivors – 949-872-7895 Think back to the fun we had, Bi-monthly meetings held in Orange County I am always here I hear you speak * Adela Lavine~Medium: In time of trouble its me you seek, * MADD – (909) 888-6233 You dont see me but I see you *JUSTICE FOR HOMICIDE VICTIMS - (310) 457- I will do my best to pull you through, 0030 Speak to me and I will hear* Striving Towards Eradicating Violence In Ennercities Never far I am always near, -S.T.E.V.I.E. Be brave my love do not cry * See you again its not goodbye *Homicide Survivors Inc. John F Connor 520.740.5729
  4. 4. August Birthdays Anthony Turdot Bryan O’Meara Carlos F. Leal Jr. Charles Hemmings Christopher Terrell Jackson Christian Jesus Hernandez Diana Dawn Varcari Emilia Casas Freddie Lopez Joyce Nelson Maurio Maurice Smith Ramon Quezada Jr. Renee Smith Bradley Richard G. Jurado Robert Friebrantz Robert (Bobby) Kevin Carstens Rosa Maria Gamino Ruben Mojarro Sean Gardhouse Sylvia (Nena) FloresOur thoughts are ever with you…Though you taken away.And those who loved you dearly…..Are thinking of you today.
  5. 5. August Memories Neal, Ian, & Devon WilliamsCharles Shaw & Lindsey Langdon Alyssa Nicole Randles Amber Fink Andrae J. Davis Antonio Martinez Aubrey Maloy Bobby Stutson Denice “Denny” Fox Elizabeth Pinon Freddie Lopez Heather Ann Staimer Hector Cineros Ariz-Mendez Janish Reddy Jason Verde Jillian Michele White Jimmy Brown John Hillrich Jr. Joseph Threadgill Jose Funtes Kenneth S. Wrede Manuel Chavez Marcus Ringo Miranda Daly Nikita Walton Norma Gates Rebecca Andrews Renee Smith Bradley Richard Lopez Sandra Lee Smith Scott B. Fisher Tommy Matthews Jr. Travis Parker
  6. 6. LOVE GIFTS In Loving Memory of In Loving Memory In Loving Memory of Charles Shaw – 11/29 – 8/8/93 Bobby Stutson Sean Gardhouse Lindsey Langdon – 3/28/82 – 8/8/93 6/2/51 – 8/10/79 8/15/86 – 6/28/06 19 yrs…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_______________
  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 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
  8. 8. “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 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
  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 ServiceI was so shocked and horrified when I heard about the Aurora Col. Shooting on July 20 th. I felt pain andnumbness for families who will be enduring….shock…disbelief…anger…Nobody died alone in Aurorathat night. The 12 who lost their lives all went to the movies with a relative, a spouse, or a friend. Theyall had dreams left unfinished…just as our loved ones did. I pray for the families of the victims andsurviving victims for PEACE, HOPE and JUSTICE!I’m working on SEPTEMBER 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 or phoned to 909-798-4803. FFMV is a tax-exempt organization under the Section 501 (c) (3) of the InternalRevenue Service.Our Organization depends largely upon private donations which will cover operationalexpenses, Our Annual Family Christmas Memorial Luncheon, and Our Annual VictimsRights Week Memorial. We are seeking a sponsor (s) for our events. Please contactFFMV at the above e-mail or phone if you are interested.Tax ID #68-0299211 All Contributions Are Tax Deductible
  10. 10. D2012 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: 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
  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: (UPDATED)On Twitter: @killed_in_chinaIn U.S. Federal Court: Case No. CV-09-06050