In Support of Natalia

$17,196 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 262 people in 15 months
Created August 23, 2017
(Natalia Morozova)

On August 21, 2017, a beautiful soul, Natalia Morozova, was tragically taken from her son, family, and friends by her estranged ex-husband, Konstantin Morozov.  Moments after Natalia left this world, her son was abducted by his father and an Amber Alert was distributed to the public. When Konstantin switched cars multiple times, communities within the local counties pulled together to share vehicle descriptions, license plates, and leads via social media. We believe this helped to end the search quickly. On 08/22/17, Konstantin and their son were found. An officer-involved shooting left Konstantin in critical condition but the boy was rescued safely.  Konstantin was later pronounced dead.

About Natalia
(Having a fun day at the aquarium)

Natalia, and Natalia's boyfriend, Jesse, were currently living together as a family.  Jesse's family was a huge support to Natalia and her son while Natalia had battled a major divorce and custody case against Konstantin.  Konstantin was labelled unstable and abusive and Natalia feared for her and her son's safety. She worked 3+ jobs at a time to support herself and her son, while also paying for legal fees. She represented herself in court, since she could not afford a lawyer and fought for restraining orders against Konstantin. In addition, though she was struggling herself, she would send gifts and money to her mother and sister living in Russia. They were less fortunate than Natalia but Natalia felt it was important to continue supporting her family "back home".  Here in the U.S., Jesse and his family were the only "family" Natalia and her son had. They were a huge support to helping Natalia with transportation, child care, love, companionship, and making her feel like she wasnt alone.

Natalia was an avid member of the Orthodox Church of the Annunciation and she was also a part of a community network of people that speak Russian on the Central Coast (in California). She was a beautiful person, inside and out, and selfless when it came to taking care of others before herself. She always had a bright smile that could light up the room. She would make homemade remedies and soups, learned while she lived in Russia, for family and friends when they got sick. She would continue to check-up on their well-being and offer any help they may need.  She gave without expecting anything in return.

(Natalia and her son)

Where is the child now?

(Happy at the aquarium)

Natalia's son is currently being taken care of by the hands of Child Protective Services.  The only family he knows here in the U.S. is Jesse and his family. Natalia has been in the U.S. for 19 years and at 9 years old, her son considers this to be his home. Jesse's family believes that Natalia would want him to be with Jesse.

(Showing off his handsome Taekwondo uniform)

More about Jesse

(Natalia and Jesse)

Jesse has been a passionate student and instructor of Taekwondo here in Santa Maria, California. He instructs both children and adults, working at the Boys and Girls Club in the past, and now teaches at the Atkinson Center. He also has a full-time job during the day to help ends meet and teaches in the evenings. He met Natalia in class while instructing her son in Taekwondo. During their relationship, they helped each other grow, supporting each other, and building a strong and healthy home.

(Jesse instructing a class at Atkinson Community Center.)

Why are we raising money?


(Happy family photo)

Natalia's mother and sister, living in Russia, do not have much, but may either come to the U.S. to be there during her services, or ship her back to Russia to be buried there.  We will be using funds to help either pay for their flights and travel, or to send Natalia back to Russia for her services there.


On behalf of Jesse and Jesse's family, we would like to thank everyone that helped contribute to finding Natalia's son safely. Sharing leads, posts, and information on social media, via word of mouth, and searching themselves was not overlooked. Your outpouring of love and support has touched our hearts and will not be forgotten. If we could ask one more thing, please spread the word on this fundraiser so that we can continue to honor Natalia and bring her family to the U.S. to say their "goodbyes".

(Natalia and Jesse)

We will be continuing our efforts with other fundraising events, so please stay tuned for announcements.

(Natalia and her baby boy)

About the Organizers

This GoFundMe has been set up, and will be managed by Vanessa Grossman and Katie Petteruti.  We both are friends with Jesse and his family. Vanessa has known Jesse for nearly 20 years (since High School) and Katie has known him for about 16 years.  We all live in Santa Maria, California.  We elected to assist with the GoFundMe and other fundraisers to allow Jesse and his family to focus on the well-being of Natalia's son, to arrange travel for Natalia's family, and to arrange funeral and burial services for Natalia.  Vanessa has successfully utilized GoFundMe in the past and very familiar with social media. Katie is an outgoing person that believes in making things easier for those that need help. We are just here to make things easier on Jesse and his family and give them one less thing to worry about.


Jesse, Natalia's boyfriend, will be the Beneficiary of this GoFundMe fundraiser.  A bank account has been setup (see Update #2) to specifically keep track of donations and expenditures that come from this fundraiser, and any other donations that come in.
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We know that we haven't updated this much, but we know you're out there and we owe you an update. So, here it is:

TODAY, WE WON!! THANK YOU to all of those that have supported our efforts. A settlement was reached without having to go to trial and Daniel will get to stay with Jesse. Our next plan is for Jesse to permanently adopt Daniel in the next year. We are so thankful that we no longer have to go to trial!!

Natalia's wishes, while she was alive, was for Daniel to remain with Jesse if anything were to ever happen to her. Today, an angel's wishes came true.

Our attorney, Jude Egan, helped Natalia with the divorce battle with her husband while she was alive. Natalia was scared for her life and was always anxious that her husband was going to harm her. Unfortunately, Natalia's fears came true, and she died by his hand. Today, Egan was here to help, again, and assisted us in finding justice and closure. He was able to continue serving Natalia by keeping Daniel safe and protected.

Unfortunately, we've racked up quite a bit of debt due to legal fees. We've been fundraising to pay off as much as we could, but we have a bit more left. We are determined to not leave a debt hanging over the heads of Jesse and Daniel, as they've already dealt with enough. We would like to find the means to help fulfill the debts and pay off what is left. It's our final stretch. Once legal fees are paid, we will be retiring our fundraising efforts for Jesse and Daniel, and might just move on to help someone else in need.

TEAM DANIEL (fundraising crew) consists of Maria, Vanessa, Lilly, Nina, Oxana and Patty. We couldn't have done this without each other, or without all of you.

There are many more people that have helped us on our journey (you know who you are!). THANK YOU!!! Please share in our victory and celebrate from near and afar.

A little boy, who lost both of his parents, has now been placed in a loving and caring home with a family he's previously bonded with. Jesse is already a father to him. Today, Natalia can rest in peace knowing that her baby will now be taken care of by the love of her life, Jesse.

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Thank you to all who have supported this campaign. We have been unable to share details up until now but now we can. Jesse needs help to get guardianship of Daniel. We've created a different campaign to try and assist Jesse: https://www.gofundme.com/guardianship-of-daniel-by-jesse
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Hello friends, family, and supporters! We know it has been awhile but many things have happened in the background and we wanted to catch you up.

On Tuesday, 09/12, Natalia was privately celebrated by friends, family, and church members during a beautiful service at her church, followed by burial at the cemetery, and a reception/celebration of Natalia immediately after.

Natalia's family DID make it here all the way from Russia with YOUR support! It was absolutely impossible for them to have been able to come without your donations and though we couldn't communicate well, they showed so much gratitude and profusely gave thanks. They were able to say goodbye to their daughter/sister and help with service preparations. We cannot express how much help you all have given us to bring Natalia's family out here. Funds were used for their travel to the U.S. and for their stay and hospitality while they are here. Funds were also used for services and funeral expenses that were not covered by certain programs that we were qualified for. A headstone will also need to be purchased, and any extra donations will be going to Natalia's family to help them get home.

We know everyone wants to know what is going on with Natalia's son. Per the sensitivity of the case and the legalities of the situation, we are still unable to share much information, however, we can say that he is safe and he is well.
Memorial Board #1
Memorial Board #2
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You've all helped us get to more than 75% of this fundraiser's goal! We cannot thank you all enough for your generosity, support, and kindness. As mentioned in our previous updates, we will update you all with information as we are able. The goal for this fundraiser continues to be to help Natalia's family come here to the U.S. to partake in the planning and proceeding of her services. We promise to let you all know when we have more definite information that we can share. Again, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you for all of your support. Please continue to share this link on social media, through text, and/or word of mouth. Thank you!
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$17,196 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 262 people in 15 months
Created August 23, 2017
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