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Families & Friends of Murder Victims October 2013 newsletter


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Families & Friends of Murder Victims October 2013 newsletter

  1. 1. FFMV Birthdays FFMV Memories October 2013
  2. 2. FAMILIES & FRIENDS OF MURDER VICTIMS, Inc. (FFMV) Newsletter October 2013 Thank-you: *Carol Anderson – Website *Kaiser – Oakland *Avaxat Elementary School- Murrieta *St. Anthony’s Catholic Church-Upland *Christ The Redeemer Catholic Church Grand Terrace *Palm Desert Library *First United Methodist Church of La Puente *San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office of Victim Services/Victim Advocates *Riverside County District Attorney’s Office of Victim Services/Victim Advocates * Dola Wiedemann – Mother of Lisel - Memory Cards *Family of Kris Flores *Janet Garcia & Barbara Christian facebook administrators * Ellie Rossi – Mother of David and Lisa * San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office for sponsoring newsletter for 2013* CalVCP Help us get the word out! Effective Jan. 1, our application filing period will increase from one year to three years after the date of the crime. More CA crime victims will be eligible for much needed assistance. Victims who are struggling with finances because of a violent crime now have more time to file an application with CalVCP. Call our helpline at 1-800-777-9229 to find a victim advocate in your area or to learn more about victim compensation at Inmate Locator, Department of Corrections is now making it easier for people to locate prison inmates; it’s a free online search and is open to the general public. Here is the new web address for Families & Friends of Murder Victims, INC http://families-friends- Need Someone to Talk To? * Bertha Flores - Parent - Spanish speaking (909) 200-5499 (after 3pm) Rialto CA *Rose Madsen – Parent (909) 798-4803 (after 4pm) – Redlands CA *Maxine Russell – (818) 378-2072 Parent/Grief Counselor *Dawn Hall – Parent (951) 757-4419 – Murrieta CA *Mary Stewart -Parent (951 698-5317) Emergency Consult for Suicidal or Homicidal Participants *Linda Atencio -Parent – 760-662-4373 – High Dessert * Ellie Rossi - Parent - 909-810-8133 Redlands CA * Delores Maloy- Parent – High Desert Contact – 760-530-7027 * Richard McVoy – Adult Sibling – 909-503-5456 – Grand Terrace CA * Tanya Powell - Parent – 760-596-2293- Upland CA Families & Friends of Murder Victims: A non-profit organization Dedicated to providing information, support, and friendship to persons who have experienced the death of a loved one through the violent act of 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. - 92423-1222 Join Families & Friends of Murder Victims on 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
  3. 3. FFMV - Riverside Chapter Meets on the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 7pm Avaxat Elementary School, 24300 La Brisas Road in Murrieta, CA Contact Dawn (951) 757-4419 For directions ask for PJ at- 951-696-1600 x2177 – M-F 9am-4pm (1-2pm lunch) Next meeting is October 16th FFMV - Colton Chapter 1st Tuesday of every month Christ The Redeemer Catholic Church Robinson Hall – Room 6 12745 Oriole Ave Grand Terrace, CA 92313 Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm Contact person for directions or information Rose – 909-754-6969 Next Meeting October 1st FFMV -Coachella Valley Chapter Candy, our Chapter Leader will be relocating to Prescott AZ…meeting will resume when FFMV finds a new chapter leader…sorry for any inconvenience. If you are interested in being a chapter leader please contact Rose at or 909-754-6969 Thank you Candy for your dedication you put into the Coachella Chapter…you will be missed! Meetings will resume November 20, 2013 Oakland Chapter 1st Tuesday of every month Kaiser in Oakland, Howe St. at Broadway, 12th floor Room 1200 East Contact: Robin – 510-653-8069 Sandra – 510-691-7089 Next meeting is October 1st FFMV West End Chapter -Bi-lingual Meets every 2nd Thursday of every month at 7:00pm-8:30pm St. Anthony’s Catholic Church Conference Room 2210 North San Antonio Upland, CA 91786 Participants have the option of the English & Spanish Meeting Local Grupo Bilingue Los participantes pueden escoger en Inglés o en Español Se reunen cada Segundo Jueves del mes a las 7:00 p.m. Contact persons/ Personas de contacto: Rita Marin (909) 215-7063 Next meeting is October 10th FFMV – SGV Chapter Meetings are currently held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month in a classroom at the First United Methodist Church of La Puente, located at. 15701 Hill Street, La Puente, CA 91744. Contact information: * Luz Ruiz (626) 388-6403*Tracy Ponce (626) 533-3121 *Luisa Ashley (818) 445-2077 Next Meeting October 8th Grief Support Group ALL are welcome at our monthly meetings. Whether you are a parishioner or not. If you are suffering the loss of a loved one and in need to talk to someone, we are here to listen and share emotions. Together and with the help of the Lord, we can help each other heal. Meetings are held every 2nd Wednesday of the month 7 to 9 P.M. ~ Room 8 St. Anthony’s Church 1640 Western Ave. San Bernardino (909)887-3810 Contacts: Hope Morfin (909)820-6163 Ralph & Arlene Payan (909)887-4387 (FFMV Participants) Danny & Rose Equihua (909) 887-3744
  4. 4. FFMV Fundraisers Office Depot - Staples – Office Max If you shop at Office Depot or Staples please use FFMV’s Rewards Number for Office Depot which is 1139461170 Office Max – 650756207, Staples- or use just give them 909-798-4803 for all three. We get reward points that help defray the cost of printing, ink cartridges and office supplies. PLEASE….Don‘t throw away your old ink cartridges! Continue to bring them to us, or take them to Office Max, Staples or Office Depot and give them 909-798-4803 It’s an easy way to help FFMV purchase office supplies. FFMV SGV Chapter News OCT. 5 – First United Methodist Church of La Puente HEALTH FAIR 8am-3pm. A Big THANKS to Pastor Lupita who will secure a booth for our FFMV-SGV Chapter, so we can provide information to the public as well. More details to come. PENDING: Movie Night Fundraiser: Heaven’s Rain. This fundraiser will be held at a later time. Pastor Lupita mentioned another movie that she would like to share with our group, it was based on a Support Group such as ours, and all they go thru, it sounds interesting, but more information will come at a later time. NOV. 2 – Funeraria Del Angel Event in Montebello A special event planned to provide information on what their program has to offer. More details to come. DEC. 10 – SAVE THE DATE – it will be our Christmas Party for all families and friends of murdered victims. Announcements Luz shared that she would like to sell bracelets as a fundraiser for our chapter. These bracelets would be personalized with our loved one’s names on it and Luz will make them herself. Each bracelet will cost $15. She will be posting pictures of the bracelets on her Facebook Page soon. She is taking orders now. Resources and Additional Support Services San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office of Victim Witness Centers: San Bernardino (909) 387-6540 Rancho Cucamonga: (909) 945-4241* Victorville/Desert area: (760) 552-6944* Riverside County District Attorney’s Office of Victim Witness Centers: Riverside: (951) 955-5450 Murrieta: (951) 304-5680 * Banning: (951) 922-7130 * Indio: (760) 863-8408 *Los Angeles County District Attorney's Victim Witness Assistance Program offices: Pomona: 909) 620-3381 *Life.After.Uncivil.Ruthless.Acts. 323-816-9651 * WINGS OF JUSTICE – Website *Women Against Gun Violence – 310-204-2348 *—public awareness Web site * H.E.A.L. Helping Everyone Acknowledge Loss – 818-378-2072– * Crime Victims United of California – 916-928- 4797 or * North American Victim Assistance (NOVA) * Victims of Crime Resources Center (800) VICTIMS * POMC - (888) 818-POMC * Greater Orange County POMC – Marie – 714-999-7132 – 562-508-2397 * Citizens Against Homicide - (415) 455-5944 * Justice for Murdered Children - (310) 547-1367 * Memory of Victims Everywhere - (949) 248-5470 * Resource for the Grieving and * Crime Survivors – 949-872-7895 Bi-monthly meetings held in Orange County * Adela Lavine~Medium: * MADD – (909) 888-6233 *JUSTICE FOR HOMICIDE VICTIMS - (310) 457- 0030 * Striving Towards Eradicating Violence In Ennercities -S.T.E.V.I.E. * * Survivors of Murdered Children SGV Chapter – All Souls Church- 1500 W. Main Street, Alhambra, CA., 91801 (School Bldg. #5) 3rd Wednesday of the Month Time: 6:30PM - 8:30PM Tina-626-298-9054 -
  5. 5. October 2013 Birthdays Abel Gonzales Alfred Cabrera Anthony Rodríguez Anthony Ledinich Betty Van Patter Charlie Martinez Christopher Patrick WeissDavid Garcia David Lowe Demetrius Lanier Williams Dwayne Fields Elzie Elijah Winston Ericka Elaine Baker HeatherAnn Steimer Hector Cisneros Ariz-mendez Jason VanKleef Jerry Ramirez Jr. Jimmy Brown Jordon Alan Vigil Joshua Rexford Jose Alfredo Suarez Jose Uriel Alvarez Villalobos Jose Luis Cruz Jr. “ Lusito” Kori VanHulle Kristhoper Flores Linda Whiting Mark Anthony Minchaca Michael Ray McCoy II Michele Kriezel Nicolas Casas Randy Olivas Rosario Mojarro Ronald Saxton Stevlan “Stevie” Singleton Theodore Albert Goede Trudy Thompson We Will Always Remember Them!
  6. 6. October 2013 Memories Aaron Luis Angulo Aaron Gurrola Abel Gonzales Adelaja Nogoma Russ Alfonso Lopez Andy R. Castro Jr. Angela Lynn Merth Bailey Elizabeth Sloan Brandon Smith Brittany Riggs Bryan Stapleton Damon Jones Sr. Diana Dawn Vacari Elena Sylvia Perez Frankie Cayetano Jesse Aguilar Justyn Broweliet Maria Banuelos Maureen Ramirez Ozzy Conde Rosa Maria Gamino Rosa Torres Trevor Johnson William Rees Merrel There are moments in life when you wish you could bring someone down from Heaven...and spend the day with them just one more time, give them one more hug, kiss them goodbye or hear their voice again. One more chance to say I Love you! LOVE GIFTS
  7. 7. In Loving Memory of In Loving Memory of In Loving Memory of Kris Flores Mario Quiroz Joshua Rexford 10/10/77 – 7/24/96 5/14/68 – 1/25/06 10/8/76 – 11/27/94 In 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_______________
  8. 8. "DETOUR" - a documentary Multilevel Entertainment is passionate about producing a documentary entitled "DETOUR" to benefit Families & Friends of Murder Victims, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit organization since 1995, dedicated to providing information, support, and friendship to persons who have experienced the death of a loved one through the violent act of murder. This documentary collaborates with real people and stories from the survivors: the families and friends of the murder victim. Their journeys from loss to beginning a new life is also told by law makers and enforcers, medical professionals, and clergy. Our goal is to create a poignant documentary that highlights the effects of homicide on society and the necessary coping skills for those who are surviving the loss and grief of their loved one ... now, called the victim. By raising public awareness, we hope that Families & Friends of Murder Victims, Inc. will receive the financial support they need to continue their work with survivors throughout Southern California in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and Riverside Counties, and become an international model program. For more information, visit Submitted by Jane Boufford – Justice for Murdered Victims I wanted to let you know, we have entered into a new partnership with a L.A. publication, Cuffed and Wanted. They are publishing stories about unsolved cases in the Los Angeles area. Eventually, they hope to expand to outlying areas. If you have members with unsolved L.A. crimes, they need to get us a release form (available on our website) and a good picture. A brief story about the case; detectives to contact, rewards, etc. Publications come out the 1st and the 15th of the month. We need information by about the 10 days prior to publication. They are located in Signal Hill and I can easily run information over to them to make sure that it is the right pixel for their paper. CAMP GOOD GRIEF (SVP) Camp Good Grief-Special Victims Program (SVP) is a joint effort between the San Bernardino County District Attorney's Office Bureau of Victim Services and Loma Linda University Medical Center Children's Hospital. The 3- day grief camp is geared 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 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 designed to help them learn and understand how to cope with the grief over the violent death of their loved one. This camp has been so successful that it has been expanded to include Camp Good Grief - Special Victims Program Teen Retreat. It will be held annually and provides grief services for teens ages 14-18 who previously participated in Camp Good Grief - SVP and whose lives have been positively impacted by camp. It will be a combination of learning advanced grief management skills as well as 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 interns from Loma Linda Marriage and Family Therapy Clinic, Loma Linda Child Life Specialists and District Attorney's Office Victim Advocates donate their time to the camp. The Bureau of Victim Services and Loma Linda University Children's 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
  9. 9. COLD CASES FYI Frank Girardot, editor of the Pasadena Star News and senior editor of the San Gabriel Valley Tribune Group announced that he would to publish pictures and information regarding unsolved homicide cases on the newspaper website. Many families that I know personally have UNSOLVED cases which have turned to COLD cases…Everyone deserves JUSTICE If your loved one was murdered in the greater Southern California area and the case is unsolved, Frank will get it published in the newspaper. You can check out the Cold Case Project by going to The paper 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 interested can contact me and I promise to get them set up. Sincerely, Frank Girardot 911 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91106, 626-578-6300 ext.4478 Here 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! The California VINE system is a service through which victims of crime can use the telephone or Internet to search for information regarding the custody status of their offender and to register to receive telephone and e-mail notification when the offender's custody status changes. The VINE toll- free number for the California VINE system is (877) 411-5588. This service is provided to assist Victims of Crime who have a right to know about their offender's custody status. The VINE mobile app is the "on-the-go" version of VINE, so that anyone can access vital information about criminals arrested in the community. VINE mobile is free to crime victims and is anonymous for users. It is available for both iPhone and Android smart phone users. Click here to visit the VINE Website and scroll to the bottom of the page for information on the app. Cancellation of 2013 Run Walk/Health & Safety Expo There are times in life where we are provided with certain signs that we just can't ignore! For Crime Survivors, Inc., this is one of those times! We have made the decision to cancel the Crime Survivors Run/Walk Health & Safety Expo that was scheduled for October 12, 2013 and, instead, find a permanent home for our organization. If you are a survivor of crime, we will still be hosting a Survivors Dove Release and Hopeful Healing Day on Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 9:00 AM. We invite you to join us in releasing your victimization, experiencing hopeful healing, and surviving together. A breakfast will be provided, as well as resources, support, and hopeful healing. Please contact us for location, details and to support at
  10. 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 Service in Rialto, CA October is here, my cloud has not arrived, and hopefully it will just pass for this year as Jens anniversary comes this November. It’s so hard to believe it’s been almost 19yrs. This year would have been Jen’s 40th birthday. Our Christmas memorial will be Sunday December 8, 2013, so if you have any suggestions, please contact me, we will be accepting donations, such as toys, gift cards for our annual raffle. Send me your outcome of your court process or status of your case and I will post on our newsletter. Please update me with any changes to your mailing address, phone, or email, also if your loved ones picture, birthday or anniversary is skipped on newsletter, please let me know ASAP and I will correct. FFMV is excited about the documentary project that highlights the effects of homicide on society and the necessary coping skills for the survivors of the victims. If you are interested in participating, please email me at And I will forward your interest, I will keep you posted. Grief is not healed in a certain time frame. The heart does not work that way... I continue to pray for the families of the victims and surviving victims for PEACE, HOPE and JUSTICE! Rose October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month FFMV 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 of charge by volunteers. Contributions and/or questions regarding the policies of FFMV may be addressed to: FFMV Executive Board at P.O. Box 11222 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 Internal Revenue Service. Our Organization depends largely upon private donations which will cover operational expenses, Our Annual Family Christmas Memorial Luncheon, and Our Annual Victims’ Rights Week Memorial. We are seeking a sponsor (s) for our events. Please contact FFMV at the above e-mail or phone if you are interested. Tax ID #68-0299211 All Contributions Are Tax Deductible
  11. 11. SAVE THE DATE 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 8, 2013 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 Loved Ones picture if we don’t have one on file) ~ FFMV will be accepting donations, such as gifts, toys, or gift cards for our Annual Raffle now thru December 7, 2013, please contact Rose @ 909-798-4803(leave message) or email 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, raffle table or clean-up FFMV does not charge participants to attend this memorial November newsletter will have RSVP form
  12. 12. 2013/2014 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 Victim Please Print Date________________ 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 to receive monthly newsletter and event information I grant to Families & Friends of Murder Victims, Inc. (FFMV), the right to use photograph(s) of the above-identified subject. I authorize FFMV to use and publish the same in print and/or electronically. I agree that FFMV may use such photographs with or without his/her name and for any 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 2013 Thank-you… if you have already sent your 2013 donation
  13. 13. FORMA DE PERMISO 2013/2014 Participante / Formulario de Autorización para la presentación de diapositivas de fotos y fotos juntas Fecha: _____________ Relación con la víctima: ____________________________________ El Primer nombre de la victima: ____________________________________________ El Apellido de la victima: ________________________________________________ Fecha de nacimiento_________ Fecha de la muerte__________ Solucionado: Si ( ) No ( ) Permiso para usar la foto (s): Si ( ) No ( ) Sólo me agregar a la lista e-mail/mailing para recibir el boletín mensual, información de eventos Concedo a las FAMILIAS Y AMIGOS DE VICTIMAS DE HOMICIDIO, INC. (FFMV) el derecho a usar la fotografía (s) del sujeto identificado anteriormente. Autorizo FFMV a utilizar y publicar el mismo en forma impresa y / o electrónica. Estoy de acuerdo en que FFMV podrá utilizar dichas fotografías con o sin su su / nombre y para cualquier propósito legal, incluyendo, por ejemplo, con fines tales como la publicidad, la ilustración, el contenido publicitario y web. He leído y entendido lo anterior. Firma: ______________________________________________________________ Nombre en letra imprenta: ________________________________________________ Direccion: ____________________________________________________________ Ciudad: ____________________________ Estado: __________ Codigo postal: ____________ Telefono: (_____) _____-________ Celular: (_____) _______________________ e-mail: ___________________________________________________________________ Envíe por correo o e-mail participante / formulario de divulgación para FFMV ~ PO Box 11222 San Bernardino, CA 92423-1222 ~ He incluido una foto () Sí () No utilizar el que está en el archivo He incluido una donación de $ _________ para 2013 Thank-you ... si ya ha enviado su donación 2013
  14. 14. Please help with this legislation, to either sponsor or co-sponsor this urgently needed bill. The Darren Russell Bill aims to make laws ensuring better protection and assistance for Americans abroad. This legislation is urgently needed. Please write to Congressman Ed Royce (Chair of House Foreign Affairs Committee) and Senator Robert Menendez (Senate Foreign Relations Committee) asking them to either sponsor or co-sponsor this bill. Congressman Ed Royce Senator Robert Menendez 2185 Rayburn House Office Building 528 Senate Hart Office Building Washington, DC 20515 Washington, DC 20510 Phone: (202) 225-4111 Phone: (202) 224-4744 Senate Foreign Relations Committee Thanks, Maxine B. Russell - Mother of Darren - On the web: (UPDATED) On Twitter: @killed_in_china In U.S. Federal Court: Case No. CV-09-06050