Parents Of Murdered Children, Inc. VALLEY OF THE SUN CHAPTER

Parents Of Murdered Children, Inc.
VALLEY OF THE SUN CHAPTER
“For the Families & Friends of those who have died by violence”
P.O. Box 39603 Phoenix, AZ 85069-9603
Chapter Phone: (602) 254-8818 Chapter E-mail: [email protected]
* National Organization of Parents Of Murdered Children, Inc. (POMC)
4960 Ridge Ave. Suite 2, Cincinnati, OH, 45209 (513-721-5683) Fax (513-345-4489)
http://www.pomc.com/phoenix/index.html
Toll Free Number (888) 818-7662
Volume 22: No. 6 June 2013
MONTHLY MEETING
LOCATIONS
4th Tuesday Grief support meetings
NOTE: *June is another month this year with
5 Tuesdays. Remember, our support meetings
are always on the 4th Tuesday of each month.
EASTSIDE
Tuesday, May 28 26, 2013 7 PM
(4th TUESDAY of each month)
Special Note: For the Eastside Support Group
Meeting, please consider bringing nonperishable/canned food items to donate to the
church.
CRIME VICTIMS LEGAL ASSISTANCE
PROJECT
Free legal aid to help assert victims' rights
through Arizona Voice for Crime Victims @
(602) 258-1812, P.O. Box 875920, Tempe, AZ
85287-5920 or contact Mary Wallace at
[email protected]
SPEAKER/INFORMATION
MEETING
(2nd Tuesday Meeting)
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
7 PM
*** SOJOURNER CENTER
2330 East Fillmore St.,(South on 24th Street off
Loop 202)
Our meeting this month will feature Sandie
Mountain View Lutheran Church
Griffiths, a professional psychic, an angelic
11002 S. 48th Street, Phoenix
coordinator, grief counselor, communicator,
th
(1/2 mile West of I-10 at 48 Street & Elliot) empathic healer, and more. She is also a bereaved
Room 8
parent. She assists others using her gifts in healing;
Facilitator: Mari Bailey
physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
(602) 405-7401
NOTE: Sojourner has a donation center to assist
[email protected]
homeless families. Since they allow us to meet in
Co-facilitator: Mark & Sandy LeGault
one of their rooms, please consider donating back to
(480) 242-0038
the community. Donations could be clothing, some
furniture, household items, such as pots/pans, etc.
Bring small items to meetings.
WESTSIDE
Tuesday, May 28, 2013 7 PM
NEWSLETTER EDITOR
(4th TUESDAY of each month)
Antioch Church of God in Christ
9600 West Peoria Avenue
(NW Corner of 96th Ave/W Peoria Ave)
West of Loop 101
Facilitator: Beckie Miller
(623) 582-2406
Co-facilitator: Kathy Hernandez
(623) 707-6825
Mail Memorial Page items for “The Journey”, by
the 10th of the month prior to publication to:
POMC Newsletter
19620 North 38th Ave Glendale AZ 85308
Please use order form on Page 11
You can also email items to [email protected]
Be sure to place any article/picture in an
attachment, otherwise it can’t be accessed
properly (especially pictures) and may not be
used. Also, be sure to put POMC Newsletter in
the subject line of the email.
“Death leaves a heartache no one can heal. Love leaves a memory no one can steal.”
Patricia Ann Hay
June 2, 1982
David C. Chandler
June 6, 1984
Chris Alcocer
June 10, 1995
Jeremy Jacob Bruder
June 2, 1996
Renelyn Canciano
Simmons
June 6, 1998
Thomas Miller
June 10, 2000
Norma Contreras
June 2, 2007
Gabriel Contreras
June 2, 2007
Antionette Putnam
June 2, 2011
James Moore
June 2, 2012
Robert Lance Dickey
June 3, 1994
Michael Logan Eager
June 3, 2006
Jerry Lee Rodriguez
June 3, 2007
Ralph Morales
June 4, 1991
Doug, Peggy & Jessica
Ryen, Christopher Hughes
June 5, 1983
Heather Suzzane Fucarino
& Joshua Samuel Fucarino
June 5, 1985
Ann Marie Selak
June 6, 1982
Mickey & Jessie Byrd
June 6, 1999
Rhea Almeida
June 6, 2009
Anne Moerder
June 11, 1992
Damien Vickers
June 11, 2008
Paige Gallo
June 11, 2010
Duke Butler
June 7, 2002
Melissa Kramer
June 8, 1997
Frank Gregorio, Jr.
June 8, 2002
Diana Marie Cavell
June 12, 1991
Cody Joe Cordova
June 12, 2011
John Robertson
June 13, 2005
Bill Ickes
June 9, 1992
Gary Gamblin
June 9, 2001
Joshua Harber
June 9, 2002
Steven Ripley Young
June 14, 1998
Shannon Smith
June 14, 1999
Robert White
June 14, 2003
Sarah Saplis
June 9, 2003
Amber LeAnn Graff
June 9, 2006
Gina Marano
June 10, 1980
Lucio Panduro
June 14, 2006
Todd Reese
June 15, 1993
Christopher Brown
June 15, 1995
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Continued. . . . .
Tanya Jewell
June 15, 2000
Eric Kimberly
June 22, 2008
Andre Calderon
June 30, 1995
Joe Anthony Ollarsaba
June 15, 2011
Lance Carter
June 23, 1992
Jarred Kade Neal
June 30, 1999
Jeffrey Keith Zack
June 16, 2001
Aaron Jay Laws
June 23, 1996
Desiree Monique Garcia
June 30, 2007
Frances Maria Trumbull
June 16, 2004
Stephen Ribbing
June 23, 2006
Matthew Heath
June 18, 1998
Patrick John Kelly
June 23, 2009
Damion Gosa
June 18, 2009
Jimmie V. Sanchez
June 24, 2001
Craig Morgan
June 20, 1999
Christina Salaver
June 24, 2001
Bart Smith
June 20, 2000
Anthony Renee Olivas
June 25, 2006
Tommy Paz
June 20, 2007
James L. Fields
June 27, 2007
Nicole Millsaps
June 20, 2010
Joshua Kurer
June 27, 2011
J.D. Caldwell
June 21, 2001
Daniel Steven Lee
June 28, 1991
Ed Forst
June 21, 2007
Tyler Corum
June 28, 2003
Teigan Peters
June 21, 2009
Tyler Webster
June 28, 2011
Amber Hess
June 22, 2007
David Estrada
June 29, 2005
Every effort is made to ensure accuracy
on these pages. Please notify us
immediately with any errors or changes.
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VALLEY OF THE SUN CHAPTER NEWS
TRIAL - JUDICIAL & ARREST UPDATES
● The trial for the killer of Javier Pereida, brother of Yoana Romera began April 15 and ended with a guilty
verdict of first-degree murder and robbery. Sentencing will be May 14.
“Our hearts, thoughts and prayers are with each and every family member as they endure this necessary but
difficult process.”
IN LOVING MEMORY GIFT DONATIONS (THANK YOU!)
(*All donations are tax deductible: Our chapter exists on the generosity of others and grants) If you would like to
have your loved one’s name listed here each and every month like some are all you need do is contribute a small
amount monthly to the chapter in their loving memory to do so). Some below do in-kind contributions such as
working in the POMC Office or donating the fax-line etc. Some give their restitution checks to POMC so there are
many ways to help.)
♥ Adair Quam in very loving memory of her son, Robert Lee Johnson.
♥ Beth Griffing in very loving memory of her daughter, Tanya Ramsdell and unborn granddaughter.
♥ Don & Beckie Miller in very loving memory of their son, Brian Ray Miller.
♥ Carolee Holbrook in very loving memory of her son, Brett Holbrook.
♥ Chris Busch donated through United Way in very loving memory of her son, Erik Busch.
♥ Marilyn & Neal Brewer in loving memory of Joshua Brewer.
♥ Roger and Linda Champagne in very loving memory of their son, Gillis Joseph Champagne.
CORPORATE & OTHER DONATIONS THANK YOU!
UNITED WAY (Note: the write in number to designate funds to our chapter through your employee
contributions is 0772) You must use this number for designating any funds to go to our chapter. Our chapter
name is not listed except by number.
COLD CASE REGISTRY FOR HOMICIDES
The Phoenix Police Department now has a Cold Case Registry on line. The link is
http://phoenix.gov/police/investigations/coldcase/index.html. The second phase of this website project will
eventually include a searchable listing of cold cases with a brief synopsis of each case. Interested persons can
then send us information on the case or be routed to Silent Witness should they want to do so. Hopefully, this
will generate more tips and leads and move more cases to successful resolution. Many family members just
need to know their loved one's case is still open, and hopefully this will give them solace that the case is not
forgotten.
SPEAKER INFORMATION MEETING -- SILENT WITNESS PROGRAM
Our speaker meeting this month featured Sergeant Darren Burch of the Phoenix Police Department and the
Silent Witness Program. Sergeant Burch is a 26 year veteran with the Phoenix Police Department and is
currently the Silent Witness Program Coordinator. His prior assignments include Detective Supervisor with the
Crimes Against Children Unit, Night Detective Supervisor with the Homicide Unit, and Detective with Adult
Sex Crimes Unit. With over 30 years of investigative experience, Sergeant Darren Burch has also held
positions with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Army Military Intelligence.
Darren was named “Investigator of the Year” by the Arizona Attorney General’s Office and “Detective of
the Year” by the Phoenix Police Department. He has over 100 commendations and has been the primary case
agent in more than 20 serial rape investigations, and was involved in the “Baseline Rapist Murder” and “Serial
Shooters” serial homicide investigations, which were two separate yet concurrent criminal crime sprees that
received national media attention. The bulk of his investigative career has been dedicated to the investigation,
identification and apprehension of sexual predators.
He shared about the Silent witness program in assisting families with unsolved cases which has been around
for 34 years, originally named Crime Stoppers. There is an initial reward of $1000 for the program. The
program involves five partnerships to be successful: A non-profit that provides funds for the reward, the,
program and phone bank for tips, law enforcement, the community, media and the victims/families of victims.
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Money is paid to ensure anonymity for the tip line. More than 200 felons are arrested each year as a result of
the program.
The media is utilized in airing the stories and getting the information out to the public and with it he reports a
50% increase in arrests. Sgt. Burch also has a radio show on KTAR radio, am and fm and Peak 97. He invites
those with unsolved cases and older cases where Silent Witness was initially utilized but without results to
contact him. Often families want to raise more money than the initial $1,000 provided and while most of the
time he says it probably is not necessary, if you have an older case that already presented with the initial
amount, adding another $1000 or so is often what makes it new and allows him to get more media involvement
again. And if families just truly want to raise more funds for the reward they may do so. The money is not put
into the program but kept in the reward pot and if there is an arrest that did not involve Silent Witness tips, the
money is returned to the families.
Sgt. Burch also shared that while working homicides six years ago, his son Darren, Jr., died. After his death,
Darren could no longer work homicides and quit but someone convinced him to go into child sex crimes instead
which allowed him to begin an advocacy role for his victims, rather than just investigative. He did that for two
years when the opportunity for Silent Witness came about four years ago. In Silent Witness he again is allowed
to advocate for the families and this has helped him and what he loves about his job. He is very passionate
about helping victims and understands that while not every case can or will be solved, every victim deserves a
voice.
[email protected] Or call 480-WITNESS.
TRAGIC NEWS ABOUT A YOUNG MOTHER: HELP NEEDED♥♥♥
Amber Salem, one of our members since the brutal murder of her two-year old daughter, Kristen in
December of 1999, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly leaving behind 3 young children, a son age 6 and
two daughters, ages 8 and almost 2. Our deepest condolences to her mother Lee Petruso, her husband and her
family members and friends. There are several things going on in the next weeks to help the family. A
Memorial Fund has been set up at Arizona Federal Credit Union under the number 848251. Clothing donations
are also being taken for the children; the baby wears a size 3 Toddler, the 8 year old a size 9 and the six-year old
boy a size 8 or even 10 (they have initially bought him clothes already as he was in great need but hope to get
him some that he will grow into later).
We will keep you posted on more events to help this family already struggling and now with funeral
expenses added and losing their mom too. Please keep them in your prayers, thoughts and hearts.
SAD NEWS REGARDING PASSING OF A POMC MEMBER
Rose Marie Boeck, a long time member of our chapter died May 13. Rose Marie lost her twenty-one- year
old son Richard to murder in 1981. Our deepest condolences to her husband Richard and her family and friends.
Rose Marie was 75.
MESSAGES FROM MEMBERS & OTHERS
Dear Valley of the Sun Chapter:
Thank you for your timely submission of your end of the year report. The National Board of Trustees was very
pleased with the neat and complete report. The Board was also pleased with your chapter's accomplishments.
Keep up the great work.
Sincerely,
Howard S. Klerk, Jr. President
NATIONAL POMC INFORMATION
☺ CINCINNATI OHIO OFFICE☺
● NATIONAL CONFERENCE: The 27th National Conference will be held in Cincinnati, Ohio on August
15-18, 2013. The theme is “Open Hearts, Sharing Hope with Trusted Friends… We Remember Them.” It will
be at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza Hotel. The cost of the conference is $230.00. More information is
on the website along with registration forms. If anyone is planning on coming to Cincinnati on days before the
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conference, the hotel is sold out and does not have extra rooms. Please contact Bev at [email protected] so
she can work with you to make arrangements at another hotel in the area who have overflow rooms.
● CONFERENCE BOOKSTORE: The National Organization of Parents of Murdered Children, Inc., is
currently accepting applications for the "National POMC 2013 Conference Bookstore Fundraising Project." If
you are an author or know of an author wishing to promote a book for survivors of homicide, this is a great
opportunity to do so, while also contributing to the POMC mission (your donation is tax deductible). The
Conference Bookstore is an ideal platform to reach survivors and professionals across the country--and the
National POMC staff will help promote your book for you. We hope to showcase many authors whose books
inspire and empower survivors of homicide while promoting awareness, prevention, and healing. We also
welcome you to attend the conference if you are able! Please contact [email protected] for a project application
or with any questions you might have. For conference information, go to www.pomc.org.
●HEARTS OF HOPE SCHOLARSHIP FUND: The Peyton Tuthill Foundation is a 501c(3) non-profit
foundation dedicated to helping victims and survivors navigate the criminal justice system and reclaim their
lives. The Foundation "Hearts of Hope Scholarship Fund" is accepting applications through June 15, 2013, for
college scholarships that will be awarded in August 2013, to children who have lost a sibling or parent to
homicide. Please spread the word to young survivors and encourage them to apply; go to www.peytontuthill.org
to learn more or download applications at http://www.peytontuthill.org/Scholarships.html.
● ACTS OF SIMPLE KINDNESS SCHOLARSHIPS: Acts of Simple Kindness, Inc., ("ASK") provides
financial assistance for dependent children of widows and widowers under the age of 18. The financial
assistance must be used to fund a program or class within the areas of education, sports, music or the arts.
Applications that are for purposes other than these four will be discarded. For more information, please go to
http://actsofsimplekindness.org/grant-program/
● AUTO DONATIONS: We are encouraging all chapters and contact persons to get involved with POMC
Debit Authorization. You can now donate to NATIONAL POMC by setting up an automatic withdrawal from
your bank account to National. Contact National for a debit authorization form. This is a fast and easy way to
make a donation to National to help us help others. Your donation is withdrawn at the same time of the month
each month and no amount is too small. We appreciate your help during these difficult economic times.
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MEDICAL EXAMINER'S ROLE IN SUSPICIOUS DEATHS
(Compiled by Beckie A. Miller, Valley of the Sun Chapter POMC)
The role of the medical examiner in homicide or suspicious deaths is to determine the cause of
death. The office of the medical examiner or coroner does the following:
●Identifies the deceased person
●Evaluates to determine the time of death
●Determines the cause of the death
●Determines the manner of the death
●Provides services to the living (for public health, occupational deaths, family risks, genetics)
●Toxicology
●Histology
●Evidence collection from the body
●Preservation of the evidence collected
●X-rays and other imaging of the deceased
●Provide Court Testimony (expert witness)
Some of the more difficult and or complicated cases are those involving:
●Drugs or Toxins
●Stabbings (as it is possible to stab yourself)
●Some firearm deaths (determining if suicide or homicide)
●Asphyxiation deaths (you can smother or strangle and not leave a mark)
●Hanging deaths (can be confusing; someone can hang someone else)
If you have a case in which you feel the wrong determination was made, the following are some
strategies for contesting. It is hard to obtain one but requires a gentle approach in getting them to
re-determine. You must use a reasoned approach as to why you feel the determination is wrong.
To contest official determinations of the Medical Examiner's Office you should:
●Remain calm in explaining why you feel it is wrong
●Meet with appropriate agency or you may write a letter
●Ask for extra steps to be taken such as toxicology, gastric testing, handwriting analysis, etc.
●Ask for internal review (if you truly believe the death is not suicide or accidental but truly a
homicide).
Keep in mind some of the things that may cause a wrong determination are:
●Difficult case
●Lack of resources
●Poor or misleading investigation process by law enforcement agency
●Incompetence
●Apathy (getting hardened unwillingly to the job)
●Lack of findings
●Poor communications
Further strategies if all else fails:
●Consult an outside expert (use caution in finding a good one)
●Have a pathologist look at case or a private investigator (costly but sometimes necessary)
●Be open to suggestions or alternate opinions
●Be cautious (you may not like what you learn)
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Some places have Coroner's Inquisitions that can be requested for homicides, suicides and
accidental deaths.
Additional Strategies if all else fails:
●Political Pressure (get your senator or representative involved)
●Hire an attorney (again expensive and requires caution to find a good one)
●Try to avoid media. Sometimes, however, they are an absolute last resort (keep in mind
again, you may not want to learn what truly happened)
Parents Of Murdered Children, Inc., also has a Second Opinion Services Program (SOS) in
which a volunteer board of professionals consisting of medical, judicial and investigative
experts, etc., will look at the case and see if they can find anything that was missed or should
have been done to determine the truth. Contact our National Office at 1-888-818-7662 or go on
line to the website and click on Second Opinion Services. www.pomc.org
If POMC thinks they might be able to help, it requires extensive documentation of police reports,
autopsies and other documents. While there is no charge for SOS you will need to pay the
postage costs of mailing to each of the professionals on the board. Keep in mind also, even if the
board determines another cause of death, they cannot make the officials reopen the case but you
might have your answers.
In Maricopa County the contact info for the Office of the Medical Examiner is (602) 506-3322
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The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering,
known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have
an appreciation, a sensitivity and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion,
gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.
(Elisabeth Kubler-Ross)
For all the beautiful members of the POMC Family. - Louise Pattison
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Father’s Grief: A Paradox for Today’s Male
The loss of your child can be crippling and leaves deep scars. It changes who we are, how we look at life
and how we relate with the world. Five or six years is still early in the spectrum of child loss but close to the
point where positive rebuilding can take place. One thing I have discovered that helps pull you out of the
canyon of despair is compassion for others, because it is in giving that we receive and in healing that we are
healed.
In the first few years, it is hard to even help yourself much less others and we mechanically maintain. We
weep a lot and lick our wounds while clinging desperately to everything related to our child and in secret wish
to join them. We rejoin the real world at our own time and it happens when it’s right for us. Everyone’s
journey is different, but what remains the same is the huge void that is left in our lives. Howe we fill it, is up to
us.
In our “modern day” society, it is especially difficult for fathers to grieve openly, caught in a catch 22 of
how to express the deep pain we are experiencing. Men don’t cry, men do not emote, men do not hug (except at
the funeral), men don’t go to support groups, men don’t call in sick because they are screaming inside, because
we are the men of the family. Fathers are the fix-it guys, the protectors, the strength and rock the family needs
for support. More times than not people ask a father, “How is your wife doing? This must be extremely hard
for her.”
The modern male is now given (by women therapists) license to show emotions, to cry, scream, hug and
express their deepest emotions and fears, let it out. The irony of this is that if the man emotes and the family
has never seen this behavior, this behavior is taken as a sign of weakness. The spouse and other family
members feel they have lost their safety net, their rock of support, and they feel even more helpless and
rudderless on this journey of pain. If this happens, he may again “clam up” to help his family first and delay his
own pain later. He finds that “letting it out” is an axiom of sophistry and in doing so, he feels he is letting his
family down. Indeed, a paradox for the “wanna be sensitive” dad!
Most men cry alone in their cars on the way to work, and they explain their red eyes are due to allergies or a
late night. When my father died when I was fourteen, my mother told me I was the man of the family now, and
I did not cry, let alone grieve. It was not until years later and my losses became overwhelming that I finally let
it out and expressed my emotions for the loss of my father.
It has been sixteen-years now since Kelly died, and I still cry with my wife when we feel our loss together or
even when I hear a special song line, Wind Beneath My Wings, I do not care who is present. You love hard, you
grieve hard, and it is supposed to hurt.
When you recognize your own pain and express it, you automatically become more empathetic to others in
similar pain and we help relieve theirs. Now, I even cry when I see Hallmark card commercials – I can’t help it.
Please don’t tell us to find closure, to move on and not dwell on it. We can, but not how we think we should.
We find closure in what will never be, let go of the what-ifs, the “shoulda-woulda-couldas” and move on with
the knowledge our children are forever by our side, only in a new relationship. We live in one sphere of
existence, our loved one who has died in another, but with faith, undying love and the desire, we can connect at
the seam where our two worlds meet. Love never dies.
In America, we are allowed a few weeks to “get over it” and then have to get back on track. The dead are
wrapped up neatly, so to speak, and put away, and their names remain unspoken. I find this totally
unacceptable. It has been almost sixteen years and I still talk about Kelly every day and I always will. We will
always be bereaved parents, but we will not always be experiencing the pangs of grief. Like suffering from
arthritis, we learn to live with grief the rest of our lives, and also realize we shall have flare-ups of pain and
discomfort as we move on through the years.
Written by Mitchell D. Carmody
“Telling ones’ sorrow often brings comfort, “ Pierre Corneille (Circa 1640)
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Born September 12, 1952
Died May 1, 2013
Jesus was a member of our chapter after the murder of his son, Jesse, his nephew and a friend
of the young men on September 9, 2003. He and his wife Marisela attended our meetings and
events regularly for many years before he became ill. He also helped each year with our annual
fundraiser Dinner and Silent Auction by bringing me a truckload of items for the auction that
Marisela collected from family, friends and co-workers.
While Marisela was the quiet one at our meetings, copiously taking notes, Jesus was
outspoken about his grief and his frustrations with the investigative process in particular. Their
case was terribly messed up from the beginning. Even in his outrage though, he would make us
laugh. Jesus was the main reason behind our "Kuss Kitty" which was a can we put in the middle
of the room for cuss word fines. It was a quarter for mild ones and a dollar for stronger ones.
Some meetings Jesus would just put in extra money ahead of time as he entered the room and
other members would often put it in ahead of time for him knowing he would not be able to
contain himself without cussing.
He was a gentle teddy bear of a man though, with a broken heart from the loss of his son. He
never got over it. But, he was also a man of amazing courage and strength that he probably did
not even know how much. He struggled the past couple of years with multiple surgeries and
complications with many setbacks from the surgeries and he endured more than many of us will
ever know to remain with his beloved Marisela and his family. Ultimately his body gave up the
struggle even though his spirit was strong.
He is now joyfully reunited with his son and he is truly at peace, though his family and
friends, while grateful he is no longer suffering, are just beginning their journey of loss and
missing him.
Marisela and her family dearly thank those in our POMC family who prayed for them
countless times during the last years and also those who donated toward Jesus' funeral costs.
Please continue to keep the family in your prayers and thoughts as they take this next journey
one day and one step at a time....May they have as many "journey gentlers" as needed to bring
them courage and strength.
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Memorial Wall Order Form
Please add my loved one’s name to the “Valley of
the Sun Memorial Wall in their Memories.” Each
Nameplate is $10. Our wall is displayed at many
special events across the valley during the year.
NAME__________________________________
Age:___________ Murder date: _____________
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board & Holiday Memorial (no cost).
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one. (Enclose photo) Each button is 3”, and costs
$5.
** Send a Self Addressed Stamped Envelope if
you want your photo returned. You may also
e-mail photo to [email protected]
*Make all checks out to POMC ….
*Mail to P.O. Box 39603
Phoenix AZ 85069-9603
THANKS FOR CARING
To The Sojourner Center for donating our
Speaker meeting room; to Antioch Church of
Christ in God & Mountain View Lutheran
Churches for the Support Group meeting rooms;
to The Department of Public Safety VOCA for
the grant for our newsletter & everyone who has
donated gifts of their time, talents and energy to
our chapter activities. With your help we are
able to continue the outreach that is needed by
our community.
THE VALLEY OF THE SUN
BOARD OF DIRECTORS (2013)
Beckie Miller, Chapter-Leader ............. (623) 582-2406
Sue Osolin, Co-Leader ........................ (602) 938-4593
Don Miller, Treasurer .......................... (623) 582-2406
Mari Bailey, Co-Leader………………….(602)405-7401
Kathy Hernandez- Secretary ............... (623) 707-6825
Tim Osolin ........................................... (602) 938-4593
Mark LeGault……………………………..(480)242-0038
Sandy LeGault…………………………....(480)242-0038
Angie Saucedo.......................................(480)209-8465
Amanda Harris.......................................(623)866-3189
Claudia Marco........................................(480)634-1424
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Please reserve:
□ ¼ page (donation $10)
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Month you wish memorial to appear in:__________________
Loved One’s Name__________________________________
Date of Birth ____________ Age _____
Date of Death_______________
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A quarter page will hold either a picture OR a brief message;
a half page will hold a picture and short poem OR message,
depending on space. If a photo is included, please provide
identification of the person on the back. If you wish the photo
to be returned include a self-addressed stamped envelope, big
enough for the picture to fit in. Unless otherwise specified,
location, size and structure of the text and picture will be at
editor’s discretion and space permitting.
*Return this form with your material for The Journey by the
10th of the month preceding the issue you wish it to appear in.
*A donation for the memorial page can be made by sending a
check made out to POMC with the memorial information in care
of:
Newsletter Editor, Valley of the Sun POMC
P.O. Box 39603
Phoenix AZ 85069-9603
CONTACT NUMBERS
ON LINE SIBLING SUPPORT: Amanda Harris is our
chapter's Sibling Coordinator and has on line support
for siblings. Her contact info is 623-866-3189 or
www.unitingsiblings.com
POMC (after hrs V/M) ..................... ..(602) 254-8818
Chapter E-mail……………………. [email protected]
CRISIS LINE/MOBILE CRISIS TEAM
Empact Crisis Line .......................... …..(480) 784-1500
OTHER HELP LINES
Teen Lifeline ................................... …..(602) 248-8336
GrandCare (Grandparents help line)…..(602) 274-5022
Crime Victims Legal Assistance Project... (480) 965-5640
Maricopa County Attorney Victim Services...602-506-8522
Crime Victim Compensation (602) 506-4955
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Return Address
PARENTS OF MURDERED CHILDREN, INC.
VALLEY OF THE SUN CHAPTER
P.O. Box 39603
Phoenix AZ 85069-9603
(602) 254-8818
Parents Of Murdered Children, Inc., is a self-help organization dedicated to the aftermath of
murder. The success of its mission depends upon the participation of the families and friends of
those lost to murder.
POMC number (602) 254-8818
WHY WE ARE HERE:
MISSION STATEMENT: “POMC makes the difference through ongoing emotional support,
education, prevention, advocacy, and awareness.”
VISION STATEMENT: “To provide support and assistance to all survivors of homicide victims while
working to create a world free of murder.”
This project is supported by Grant No. 2012-VA-GX-0022 from the US Department of Justice - Office for Victims of Crime.
The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of
the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the US DOJ or the Arizona Department of Public Safety.