Rip Jessica 10/19/1990-09/30/2016

$3,410 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 76 people in 25 months
Courtney Lally
on behalf of Jean Barefoot
 Munhall, PA
As you all know my sister passed away she leaves behind 4 small children rowen Jaxson Damon Alyssa her beloved mother Jean barefoot sister Courtney lally brother Wesley barefoot aunt Charlotte shields multiple niece and nephews cousins and many more she was loved by many touched so many people in so many ways she fell victim to drugs unfortunately it was a battle she couldn't win unfortunately we are unable to afford a funeral for her so we are asking for any donation anyone can make the smallest bit could help thank you so much with love Courtney
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Maura Gaffney Nash
25 months ago

Courtney, I read about your story via FB and the New York Daily News who shared your story. I know you are trying to raise money for your sister's funeral, but I think you should also set up a page to benefit the 4 children. Media will likely continue to share this story and the children will potentially benefit, which will help all of you. I hope that this message is not taken offensively, but I see that you and your mom have tried to protect the children in the past. I realize this is NONE OF MY BUSINESS, but I've been there with a relative and that is why I am reaching out. Take care and your family is in my prayers.

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Lexi Abbot
25 months ago
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Do they have the children is my question? I have no problem helping people in need but after reading many facebook posts and statuses it seems like other family members were acccused of abuse as well. If you got the kids and have an account that is specifically for them set up I would love to help, but in my heart I can't give money to anyone who has been accused of child abuse.

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Ivette Martinez
25 months ago
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I will gladly leave a donation...for the children. Is there a place to donate to support them?

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Marquel D Fox
25 months ago
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I hope that money is going directly to those kids an not to those ppl funeral cause how they had those kids living was sickening I have seen a lot in my day but that did it it's messed up to say but I'm gonna say it I wasn't mad that those kids lost there parents I was mad at how they were living. Animals shouldn't have to live like that this money should be raised for those kids cause they will need a lot of therapy an counseling..... I'm still in disbelief on how they were living those kids should have been taken away were was the rest of that family they can make a fund me account but couldn't help those kids earlier an I'm sure someone else knew about those conditions an did nothing they should be ashamed of them self's I'm pisssssed

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Judson Parker
25 months ago
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Hey folks... if you give money to this it frees up money they can use for the children. Otherwise they will not only struggle with the funeral costs, which can be enormous, they will struggle with providing for the children BECAUSE of the funeral costs. Please don't let this be a barrier to sending love to those in great need.

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Megan Piktel
25 months ago
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Before she was an addict she was a daughter, a sister, an honors student, and a mother. Jessica wasnt always an addict, and in the midst of her addiction, did some pretty terrible things. Her children still deserve the closure of burying their mother - all but one are old enough to remember her. They need to be able to say goodbye, and have a place to visit in the future if they choose to do so. Everyone is saying the kids behaved like animals? I read that a 7 year old got up, got ready for school, walked to the bus stop, and got help from the school. That does not sound like an animal. My own 6 year old cannot get himself ready for school alone... The children will receive medical assistance that will cover any and all medical needs, they will likely (if they dont already) receive wic and food stamps for food. At this point, the immediate need is giving them closure around the death of their mother - who although strangers on the internet deemed a monster by photos they saw once, the police and children services said was a safe home. The school didnt report them to children services, so obviously the child was coming to school clean and well kept.... Put your pitchforks down, someday when those children google their moms name, your remarks will come up and cut through them like a knife. I dont know the woman, I dont know the family, but what I do know is I have a few bucks that can go towards four children being able to tell their mother goodbye.

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Courtney Suzanne RN
25 months ago
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I used to work with Jessica at Once Upon A Child. I've just been so sick over this since I saw her picture and realized that I knew her. She was a sweet, kind, and caring woman. She was a hard worker, and was always willing to help others at work. She always had a smile on her face, and I know from the way that she talked about her children, that she loved them dearly. When I knew her she was pregnant with the 9 month old. I'm a registered nurse of 15 years. I have seen many an addict in my time. I would've NEVER imagined what Jessica was going through. I honestly do not believe she was on drugs while she was at work, but sadly none of that even matters now. I am so sorry for your loss. Please don't pay any mind to the ignorant comments. Those people didn't know Jessica. It is easy to say nasty things about someone you didn't know. I knew her, and I know that her intentions with her children were good. When you are addicted to a drug as strong as heroin, the drug takes control of your life. You will steal, lie, and cheat just to get more of the drug that you NEED to survive once you're addicted. I do not blame Jessica for what happened. I truly hope that she can rest in peace. I will be praying for your family and for her children. For those of you that are leaving nasty comments, you obviously do not know much about addiction. What you are saying can be so hurtful to the family. They knew a different Jessica, the same kind, caring, positive person that I knew. I plan on donating when I get paid. I also have some clothing that I can donate to the children. Is there a place those items can be sent? Praying that God comforts you in this terrible tragedy. God bless.

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Ashley Carey
25 months ago
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Funding Jessica's funeral will make sure that her family will have enough money to take care of the children. To be thrown a sudden $5000 expense to bury a loved one is hell. You're not supporting drug abuse by funding this funeral-- you're giving this family the support they need to do what they have to do, so they can afford to take good care of those children.

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Jax Russo Curtin
25 months ago
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Is there a place to donate to support the children?

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Laura LeGault
25 months ago
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As someone who's been there I understand this disease & fortunately me and family and friends were able to fight it before it was too late. I'd love to help with something when I get paid in a few days. Listen to those saying I won't donate to Jessica because she was a junkie that is so messed up, addiction is a disease and unfortunately once you start down that road it's very hard to recover from, speaking from experience the drugs take a hold of you like no other and it's a hard thing to understand or to feel for the person if you've never been there before so before throwing judgement please take into account what I have just said. Usually people living in very stressful times or serious depression are the ones to get hooked first. I'm so sorry that it was too late for Jessica this is so sad., ESP seeing she has 4 babies that are without their mother now, I hate addiction/heroin/pills/etc it takes so many young lives in its path of destruction. Addiction effects everyone the grandma next door, the teenager down the street, the rich stay at home mom, the poor working mom or dad, addiction doesn't discriminate and nobody else should either! None of us strangers know exactly what issues Jessica was dealing with and why she started using. All this family is asking for is help to bury their deceased daughter whom unfortunately lost her battle to addiction, & a little help to make sure her babies are taken care of, so instead of us pretending we are any better perhaps because you may have never been an addict, try to sympathize and help this family bury their daughter.

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Tammy Lauck-Ketterer
25 months ago
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http://umbrellaofsuspicion.com/2016/02/courtney-lally-going-social-to-save-children-from-filth-and-abuse/

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Amy Shumate
25 months ago
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Praying for you all in this horrible situation. I am praying daily for the innocent 9 month old, 3 year old, 5 year old and 7 year olds, I cannot get them off my mind and the conditions they have been living in. I pray God wraps his arms around them and they feel his presence in their lives and that they know they are loved and special and they are his children. I have an 11 month old and a 5 year old of my own, I can send clothes and shoes if needed, just post an address, P. O. Box or whatever.

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Jane Devin
25 months ago
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Dear Courtney, this is heartbreaking. You did all you could do and I hope you and your mom know that. Drug addiction is an insidious disease. I also hope the children will find a safe and loving harbor. They surely have much to heal from. Years of dysfunction and then sudden death will have ripple effects. I am donating what I can today and agree with others who've suggested that you start a separate page for the children, who will need so much.

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Tres Scanlon
25 months ago
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Courtney Kelly, please unblock me. I wasn't trying to be rude you blocked me before I could reply. I'm sorry for your loss, l truly am. Let me talk to you......if not, so be it but you misunderstood.

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Allison McPherson
23 months ago
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I'm very confused. Various online news articles show horrific pictures that you had previously posted of the horrid, filthy, inhumane conditions that your sister had provided for her 4 children. Animals in a barn live better. Why didn't you ever rescue her innocent children if you had the time to post those pictures? And now you're asking for money to bury this horrid so-called mother? Really? http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/inside-house-horrors-heroin-overdose-8983146

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Bob Delaney
25 months ago
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Addiction is a terrible, terrible disease that knows no boundaries. I've seen so many wonderful, smart, talented people succumb to this evil drug. That doesn't mean they're bad people - it means they're sick, and the addiction has short circuited their brain into making the next high equally as important as their next breath - regardless of good upbringing, loving family, and a clean track record. May your sister rest in peace, and thank you for doing what you could to help her, and thank you for making sure her kids are cared for.

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Allison Lu
25 months ago
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So sorry about your loss. Would you be able to contact local media to get your story out? That might help with more people seeing the Gofundme site.

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Mikaila Penney
25 months ago
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Where is the kids go fund me page? Is there even one made yet?

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Cynthia Martin
25 months ago
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I can not Donate at this time My prayers n thoughts are with your family I hope yall are able to obtain custody of all the children I've had my Granddaughter for 15 months from cps due to parents n Paternal grandparents using meth This was 2nd removal At 2 1/2 & 4 1/2 yrs I have permanent court custody It can be a difficult Battle But worth it Hope your temp custody hearing went good today ? Please have Faith N you can Raise these Babies They will need family No substitute for Family It's so hard to stand by n watch your daughter / Sister living this sort of life n in constant denial I'm still living it w my daughter Except now I'm raising her child So sorry for your loss Hang in there n have faith God will see you thru this N hope you can get the children May God Bless You All I know there may be times you feel you can't go on but you can n you must go on for these lil children be strong for them God will Provide for you all I hope my message helps in some small way .

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Tracie Orourke
25 months ago
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I'm so sorry for you loss and I wish I was in a place where I could donate. I will share this. I just wanted to make a comment to the person who's says that you guys were also blamed for abuse. I read the comments left by Chris on his facebook page. Herion is a horrible drug. It brings out the worst in people. They become very confrontational and lie like no other. If this family abused these kids, they wouldn't have tried to contact child services, the police, or the news. They did everything the could to protect those kids. The system failed them.

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Pamela Marshall
25 months ago
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I am so very sorry that this evil epidemic has tragically altered you and your family's lives. My heart breaks for your family especially the baby's that were left behind. I hope one day you all find solace. And one day there will be no more senseless overdoses. RIP

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Beth Ward Hale
25 months ago

Prayers that some good will come from this tragedy.

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25 months ago
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Maura Gaffney Nash
25 months ago

Courtney, I read about your story via FB and the New York Daily News who shared your story. I know you are trying to raise money for your sister's funeral, but I think you should also set up a page to benefit the 4 children. Media will likely continue to share this story and the children will potentially benefit, which will help all of you. I hope that this message is not taken offensively, but I see that you and your mom have tried to protect the children in the past. I realize this is NONE OF MY BUSINESS, but I've been there with a relative and that is why I am reaching out. Take care and your family is in my prayers.

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Lexi Abbot
25 months ago
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Do they have the children is my question? I have no problem helping people in need but after reading many facebook posts and statuses it seems like other family members were acccused of abuse as well. If you got the kids and have an account that is specifically for them set up I would love to help, but in my heart I can't give money to anyone who has been accused of child abuse.

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Ivette Martinez
25 months ago
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I will gladly leave a donation...for the children. Is there a place to donate to support them?

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Marquel D Fox
25 months ago
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I hope that money is going directly to those kids an not to those ppl funeral cause how they had those kids living was sickening I have seen a lot in my day but that did it it's messed up to say but I'm gonna say it I wasn't mad that those kids lost there parents I was mad at how they were living. Animals shouldn't have to live like that this money should be raised for those kids cause they will need a lot of therapy an counseling..... I'm still in disbelief on how they were living those kids should have been taken away were was the rest of that family they can make a fund me account but couldn't help those kids earlier an I'm sure someone else knew about those conditions an did nothing they should be ashamed of them self's I'm pisssssed

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Judson Parker
25 months ago
8
8

Hey folks... if you give money to this it frees up money they can use for the children. Otherwise they will not only struggle with the funeral costs, which can be enormous, they will struggle with providing for the children BECAUSE of the funeral costs. Please don't let this be a barrier to sending love to those in great need.

+ Read More
Megan Piktel
25 months ago
7
7

Before she was an addict she was a daughter, a sister, an honors student, and a mother. Jessica wasnt always an addict, and in the midst of her addiction, did some pretty terrible things. Her children still deserve the closure of burying their mother - all but one are old enough to remember her. They need to be able to say goodbye, and have a place to visit in the future if they choose to do so. Everyone is saying the kids behaved like animals? I read that a 7 year old got up, got ready for school, walked to the bus stop, and got help from the school. That does not sound like an animal. My own 6 year old cannot get himself ready for school alone... The children will receive medical assistance that will cover any and all medical needs, they will likely (if they dont already) receive wic and food stamps for food. At this point, the immediate need is giving them closure around the death of their mother - who although strangers on the internet deemed a monster by photos they saw once, the police and children services said was a safe home. The school didnt report them to children services, so obviously the child was coming to school clean and well kept.... Put your pitchforks down, someday when those children google their moms name, your remarks will come up and cut through them like a knife. I dont know the woman, I dont know the family, but what I do know is I have a few bucks that can go towards four children being able to tell their mother goodbye.

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Courtney Suzanne RN
25 months ago
7
7

I used to work with Jessica at Once Upon A Child. I've just been so sick over this since I saw her picture and realized that I knew her. She was a sweet, kind, and caring woman. She was a hard worker, and was always willing to help others at work. She always had a smile on her face, and I know from the way that she talked about her children, that she loved them dearly. When I knew her she was pregnant with the 9 month old. I'm a registered nurse of 15 years. I have seen many an addict in my time. I would've NEVER imagined what Jessica was going through. I honestly do not believe she was on drugs while she was at work, but sadly none of that even matters now. I am so sorry for your loss. Please don't pay any mind to the ignorant comments. Those people didn't know Jessica. It is easy to say nasty things about someone you didn't know. I knew her, and I know that her intentions with her children were good. When you are addicted to a drug as strong as heroin, the drug takes control of your life. You will steal, lie, and cheat just to get more of the drug that you NEED to survive once you're addicted. I do not blame Jessica for what happened. I truly hope that she can rest in peace. I will be praying for your family and for her children. For those of you that are leaving nasty comments, you obviously do not know much about addiction. What you are saying can be so hurtful to the family. They knew a different Jessica, the same kind, caring, positive person that I knew. I plan on donating when I get paid. I also have some clothing that I can donate to the children. Is there a place those items can be sent? Praying that God comforts you in this terrible tragedy. God bless.

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Ashley Carey
25 months ago
7
7

Funding Jessica's funeral will make sure that her family will have enough money to take care of the children. To be thrown a sudden $5000 expense to bury a loved one is hell. You're not supporting drug abuse by funding this funeral-- you're giving this family the support they need to do what they have to do, so they can afford to take good care of those children.

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Jax Russo Curtin
25 months ago
7
7

Is there a place to donate to support the children?

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Laura LeGault
25 months ago
4
4

As someone who's been there I understand this disease & fortunately me and family and friends were able to fight it before it was too late. I'd love to help with something when I get paid in a few days. Listen to those saying I won't donate to Jessica because she was a junkie that is so messed up, addiction is a disease and unfortunately once you start down that road it's very hard to recover from, speaking from experience the drugs take a hold of you like no other and it's a hard thing to understand or to feel for the person if you've never been there before so before throwing judgement please take into account what I have just said. Usually people living in very stressful times or serious depression are the ones to get hooked first. I'm so sorry that it was too late for Jessica this is so sad., ESP seeing she has 4 babies that are without their mother now, I hate addiction/heroin/pills/etc it takes so many young lives in its path of destruction. Addiction effects everyone the grandma next door, the teenager down the street, the rich stay at home mom, the poor working mom or dad, addiction doesn't discriminate and nobody else should either! None of us strangers know exactly what issues Jessica was dealing with and why she started using. All this family is asking for is help to bury their deceased daughter whom unfortunately lost her battle to addiction, & a little help to make sure her babies are taken care of, so instead of us pretending we are any better perhaps because you may have never been an addict, try to sympathize and help this family bury their daughter.

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Tammy Lauck-Ketterer
25 months ago
3
3

http://umbrellaofsuspicion.com/2016/02/courtney-lally-going-social-to-save-children-from-filth-and-abuse/

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Amy Shumate
25 months ago
2
2

Praying for you all in this horrible situation. I am praying daily for the innocent 9 month old, 3 year old, 5 year old and 7 year olds, I cannot get them off my mind and the conditions they have been living in. I pray God wraps his arms around them and they feel his presence in their lives and that they know they are loved and special and they are his children. I have an 11 month old and a 5 year old of my own, I can send clothes and shoes if needed, just post an address, P. O. Box or whatever.

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Jane Devin
25 months ago
2
2

Dear Courtney, this is heartbreaking. You did all you could do and I hope you and your mom know that. Drug addiction is an insidious disease. I also hope the children will find a safe and loving harbor. They surely have much to heal from. Years of dysfunction and then sudden death will have ripple effects. I am donating what I can today and agree with others who've suggested that you start a separate page for the children, who will need so much.

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Tres Scanlon
25 months ago
2
2

Courtney Kelly, please unblock me. I wasn't trying to be rude you blocked me before I could reply. I'm sorry for your loss, l truly am. Let me talk to you......if not, so be it but you misunderstood.

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Allison McPherson
23 months ago
1
1

I'm very confused. Various online news articles show horrific pictures that you had previously posted of the horrid, filthy, inhumane conditions that your sister had provided for her 4 children. Animals in a barn live better. Why didn't you ever rescue her innocent children if you had the time to post those pictures? And now you're asking for money to bury this horrid so-called mother? Really? http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/inside-house-horrors-heroin-overdose-8983146

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Bob Delaney
25 months ago
1
1

Addiction is a terrible, terrible disease that knows no boundaries. I've seen so many wonderful, smart, talented people succumb to this evil drug. That doesn't mean they're bad people - it means they're sick, and the addiction has short circuited their brain into making the next high equally as important as their next breath - regardless of good upbringing, loving family, and a clean track record. May your sister rest in peace, and thank you for doing what you could to help her, and thank you for making sure her kids are cared for.

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Allison Lu
25 months ago
1
1

So sorry about your loss. Would you be able to contact local media to get your story out? That might help with more people seeing the Gofundme site.

+ Read More
Mikaila Penney
25 months ago
1
1

Where is the kids go fund me page? Is there even one made yet?

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Cynthia Martin
25 months ago
1
1

I can not Donate at this time My prayers n thoughts are with your family I hope yall are able to obtain custody of all the children I've had my Granddaughter for 15 months from cps due to parents n Paternal grandparents using meth This was 2nd removal At 2 1/2 & 4 1/2 yrs I have permanent court custody It can be a difficult Battle But worth it Hope your temp custody hearing went good today ? Please have Faith N you can Raise these Babies They will need family No substitute for Family It's so hard to stand by n watch your daughter / Sister living this sort of life n in constant denial I'm still living it w my daughter Except now I'm raising her child So sorry for your loss Hang in there n have faith God will see you thru this N hope you can get the children May God Bless You All I know there may be times you feel you can't go on but you can n you must go on for these lil children be strong for them God will Provide for you all I hope my message helps in some small way .

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Tracie Orourke
25 months ago
1
1

I'm so sorry for you loss and I wish I was in a place where I could donate. I will share this. I just wanted to make a comment to the person who's says that you guys were also blamed for abuse. I read the comments left by Chris on his facebook page. Herion is a horrible drug. It brings out the worst in people. They become very confrontational and lie like no other. If this family abused these kids, they wouldn't have tried to contact child services, the police, or the news. They did everything the could to protect those kids. The system failed them.

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