Posts filed under: Victim Stories

Why We Walk: Phaedra Marriott-Olsen I never could imagine how much my life would change in just a matter of seconds. On May 11, 1996 everything was going as planned. My friends and I had decided to go to a concert...
Her small shoes are here with me. Size one and a half, white with embroidered flowers and small red hearts across the top of the toe. Long gone is the little pink metal flake bicycle with handlebar streamers, the yellow...
Day on the beach – Done A quick trip to Waldbaum’s Shop – Wrapped up Nails – Awesome looking! Devastate and destroy the life of a complete stranger because of the choices one makes – Irreversible That’s how Cathy Dubas...
The Story Alexis McKinney was counting the days until her 16th birthday. She had so much to look forward to: the birthday party that her parents were planning to celebrate with friends and family, starting her first job, applying for...
Twin siblings have an inexplicable bond that is special in many ways. From sharing birth to life milestones their unique relationship forms as they grow up. For Ryan and Brandon Lucero, identical 16-month-old twins, this bond was cut short when...
Remember 13 years of age? Everything seems possible, spread before you like a buffet, simply waiting for you to start making those “adult” decisions that will alter the rest of your life.  That’s the precipice Christopher Croley perched — not...
Lila Doud’s life was forever changed on December 8, 1983 when her daughter Lori was hit and injured by a drunk driver. The impact on her family and her daughter Lori’s quality of life prompted Lila to spend the next...
Seven boys and one girl. Nearly 15 grandchildren. Virginia David, a member of the Navajo tribe, made family her life. “The more kids you have, the more blessed you are in our culture,” said her sister, Priscilla Gibbs, who grew...
A poet with a love of animals, Janakae was in her third year at Texas Tech University where she was studying veterinarian medicine when she wasn’t playing in the marching band. She had a goal of playing every instrument before...
  • Aleandra “Aly” Anika Sanchez
Aly was a natural born leader and an adventurer. She loved life and was always trying something new. She strived to help others by caring for her grandfather and teaching a neighbor how to use the computer. At 12 she...