Michele Davis (Erlick) Goodyear, AZ
I am Michele's brother-in-law and am trying do help in establishing funds to assist in funeral costs and the transition for Michele's children who are left behind.
We appreciate your continued prayers and support in this difficult time and your willingness to help Michele and her children.
Time seems so surreal. On one level it seems like Michele was just here and on another it seems like we have been battling grief and obstacles forever. One thing is for sure – lives have definitely been changed. Not just ours, but also so many of you out there that were both Michele’s friends and those that have been touched by her story.
Your stories about how she loved and supported you have been a great inspiration to all of us. Love and compassion were always at the core of who she was. We have learned things in her passing from your posts that she never shared while she was with us. Thank you so much for sharing. At some point in the future the children will be able to appreciate the positive impact that their mother had on so many lives. Hopefully some day we can find a way to pull all of these stories together for them.
We have been so blessed with all of the love and support that has come to us and the children. We appreciate each of you, and whether you are keeping us in your thoughts and prayers or are able to help out you are in our prayers and we truly appreciate everything you are doing.
We press forward with both joys and struggles. The children continue to do well and to adjust. It will be a long process, but they are very active with school, church and friends. Like all of us they miss Michele, but theirs is compounded by the depth of loss that only a child can experience in losing their mother at such a young age under these circumstances. We continue to work with the Courts and Child Services and they are closely looking after us and the children’s welfare.
Our financial challenges continue as well. We are deeply appreciative of all that have contributed and cannot thank you enough in this medium for how you have helped us get this far. We are on an incredible journey and have many years ahead of us. We know we will continue to be faced with ongoing costs of raising these children and giving them the opportunities and environment that they deserve. We appreciate however you are able to help.
There have been a lot of comments in social media asking why there is so little information on the children, why we don’t respond to inquiries about their status and what has been going on. We should have addressed this earlier. Thank you in advance for your understanding and patience.
When we met with the police immediately following Michele’s murder they cautioned us to keep the children out of social media and refrain from any comments regarding the case or their status. In the following days we were directed by Arizona Department of Child Services and the lawyers and judge involved in the cases that all activity regarding the children is confidential and is not to be shared outside of those directly involved. They told us that there would be those that would actively challenge what was best for the children in pursuit of their own self interests. In some cases it would come from those we had considered friends or supporters of Michele. Over the last year we have seen that if anything they understated the intensity of those challenges and where they would come from. We have come to understand that there truly is evil in the world around us.
There are also individuals who have felt compelled to post speculative and personal information about the children or things they have learned through other sources. If you are seeing information posted that gives any specific information about the children, their locations, court information or anything other than their general wellbeing, these individuals are acting in opposition to the best interests of the family and the children. In some cases they have been acting in direct opposition to court orders. We ask them to please stop. They are not helping the children and could compromise both their safety as well as the cases still open.
We know that Michele was very active in social media and this is a drastic change from the way she shared in the past. It is so much of what we all loved about her and kept us connected to her; the challenges she fought and the love and support that she shared. Please bear with us as we move through this phase of dealing with police, attorneys, social services and the courts. We know it will most likely be years rather than months before we can again openly share specific information on the children. We look forward to that time when we can openly share their individual joys and triumphs. In the meantime, in spite of all of the tragedy, rest assured that they are deeply loved and thriving.
Michele’s children are doing well, considering their circumstances. Everyone has been relatively healthy and now back in school. They have been surrounded by friends and family that have added comfort and stability to the transition to their new lives.
We would like to thank all who have contributed to our GoFundMe account and for the kind words and memories that have been shared. The contributions have helped but the financial burden of getting Michele’s children relocated and re-established has been overwhelming. We have not only had the costs to move and create room for the children but have had to incur significant legal costs along the way. And of course there are the on-going costs of clothes, food, school and living expenses.
We have found this was not a small bump we had to get over but a long climb we will be challenged with for many years to come. We are asking everyone to please consider if you are able to make additional contributions to help us continue to move forward. And please share, repost and reignite the activity on the GoFundMe account to help us continue forward with a safe and stable environment for her kids. We can’t do this without you.
I have erased my words many times now...there just doesn't seem to be the right words to say. I hope the children will one day be able to read all these comments and see the love everyone had for her. I didn't know her well, but I do have a big family and just want to wrap those children in my arms. We are working on raising money for her as well and hope that it can help them, but most importantly we are praying for them. Praying for peace and comfort through this hard time!
I still can't believe you are gone. You were the sweetest and most loving person I ever met. Davis children, I want you to know how very much your mom loved you all. She told all the girls in our clothes selling community that would listen about each of you and how proud she was to be called your mom. She will always be watching over you. Sending hugs and prayers for healing. RIP Michele, you were an angel on Earth and now in heaven
Ive known Michele since 1994, sweetest, caring, loving,talented person ever. I will miss our talks,and the advice we gave eachother, and the times we prayed. All of us who knew her have vowed to make sure her childre are taken care of and we will fight for her. We love you Shel very much. We pray you wrap your arms around your family and give them comfort knowing you are in Gods arms. Xoxoxo
It's unreal to think that you have already been gone for four years. So many late night chats, so many plans, hopes and dreams. You're always on my mind, but especially at this time of year. I keep thinking about how I was planning a week with my kids to come out and see you, never thinking that it wouldn't happen. I miss seeing your pictures with all your sweet kids. I'm sure heaven is wonderful, but I wish you wouldn't have been taken so soon. I hope your kids are doing well, it's sad not to see them, but I'm sure they are loved where they are. Fly high sweet angel, lots of people are still here loving you!
Thinking of your family today & praying for all of you. I'm hoping that all is well with the children. Please know how much she was loved & is still missed by our BST community!
does anyone know if she has a headstone?
Thank you for the update, I hope help and Blessing find you soon ♥
These amazing woman cared for our grandsons for several months. She was a sweet and loving mom. Thank you Michelle for loving Barrett and Carter in SLC. We will pray for your babies.
Such a tragic loss of a sweet lady. Always happy to help others and listen and talk with you. Your children are in my continued thoughts!
Michele, I will miss your shining smile in my class on Thursdays. You are a sweet girl with a wonderful voice. You had a future ahead of you and I am so sorry this tragedy happened. You are with God and all the angles. My prayers continue for your kids.
I am so sorry for your loss, the whole Harden family sends their condolences and we will continue to pray for your family and for the kids to be safe and taken care of. A tragic loss as you were a sweet, young woman with so much to offer. You will be missed by many as this page clearly states, the support is tremendous and you should know there are many who will miss you dearly and are constantly praying for your family. RIP and enjoy being with your heavenly father as you watch over your family as you always have.
I'm still in shock. You were so sweet and you loved those kids so much. You didn't deserve this. I'm sure you will watch over your children as you always have. RIP dear friend.
Missing you so much my friend. I only wish I had another chance to tell you what you meant to me. My only comfort is that someday I will see you again.
you kindness and support for others will be missed my god bless your family thank you for everything Michele and for being there for my daughter when my grandson died when I could not be
This song makes me think of her children https://youtu.be/x21k7e5z0Xs
Michele you will be missed every day by everyone you have ever came in contact with. Your smile lights up the world. We will think of you always and forever. Love you very much
I'm so sorry for your loss. This is such a tragedy to happen to not only such a beautiful mother, but also to her children & the tray of your family. I will pray for all of you in this difficult & I am also sending out lots of love & hugs for those wonderful kids.
I am so very sorry to hear about your loss. Such a beautiful person to be taken so tragically. I wanted to share some hopefully helpful information...through the state there is a Victims of Crime Compensation Fund that can cover the cost of the funeral. This really helped out when my father-in-law was murdered last year. There are other expenses that are covered such as counselling for the children. I pray that everyone will find some peace through this situation.
Im so sorry for your loss and truly hope you and those children find some kind of peace. Ill continue praying for those kids as they got a long rd ahead. Rip