Justice for Ally and Ana
On Thursday,March 10, 2016, my baby sister Alyssa Kenny (age 28) and her daughter, Anastasia Leanne, were murdered in their home in Galax, Virginia. Ally was a graduate of Norristown Area High School and was a co-captain of the cheerleading team. She went on to West Chester University. As the details keep coming in about this case and my family copes with wrapping our heads around this tragedy, we are already incurring and expecting many more expenses including but not limited to a memorial service in Virginia, transportation of their bodies to Alyssa's home state of Pennsylvania, a funeral and burial in Pennsylvania, funeral clothing, a beautiful headstone for these angels and any/all other expenses that arise during this time including travel expenses (airfare and hotel expenses) for Ally's entire immediate family to travel back and forth to Virginia for the various court appearances we hope and expect to be attending, possible attorney fees, trees planted in their honor, and more. This tragic event is just beginning. We realize this tragedy has changed us permanently and we will never be the same, but as a united front we want to be able to face their killer and give a victims' impact statement at the appropriate time. We will most definitely need to talk to someone to deal with our grief, so there may be counseling costs. I myself know I will need ongoing therapy to deal with this. As my sister was only 28 years old, she had no insurance and my family isn't at all prepared to handle all these expenses. I am trying to take this worry off of my parents' hearts so they can grieve. Please, if you can donate anything, please consider it. I want them to have a beautiful funeral, they are angels and they deserve it. I can't even believe I am typing this. My heart is truly broken, I have never felt a loss like this. Please pray for justice for Ally and Ana. I am confident more details will come to light and I pray justice is served quickly. I will update this page to reflect all new developments in this ongoing investigation. This is the official GoFundMe page for Ally and Ana, all proceeds will go to expenses, both expected and unexpected, related to this tragic incident. My sister and my niece were the brightest beams of light in my family's lives, we will never be the same without them.
On behalf of my family, I would like to update you on a few things. As you may or may not be aware, next Friday, March 10, marks the one year anniversary of the girls' passing. I can't even believe it has been a year already! All are welcome to join us on that day to remember the girls at a tree dedication ceremony. You can read the details of this event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1895393300691408??ti=ia
Yesterday, The girls' alleged killer appeared before a federal court judge to be sentenced for child pornography manufacturing charges. My entire family cried tears of joy upon hearing the judge's sentence: 60 years, no appeals, no parole!!! You can read more about this here: http://www.wdbj7.com/content/news/Galax-man-awaiting-murder-trial-sentenced-to-60-years-on-child-porn-charges-414998193.html. These charges are separate from his murder charges, but my family is very happy with this sentence as it gives us the peace of mind that he will not hurt another innocent child (or young single mother) for the rest of his days. He will be 97 years old in 60 years! Trial for the separate murder charges is anticipated to begin this year and my family plans to attend. I will update you when a trial is set.
Today, I began the necessary paperwork to form a charitable foundation in the girls' names. We are very excited about this and will be announcing the foundation and it's purpose in the near future.
Finally, The grave marker for the girls has been installed at their final resting place. It is so beautiful that I wanted to share a picture of it with all of you, since your donations made the purchase of this stone possible.
My family thanks you from the bottom of our hearts for the love and support that you continue to show us.
I was given the OK to have a tree planted at Ally's highschool last week. On Tuesday, a beautiful weeping cherry tree (donated to us by Greentree Garden Center and Landscaping in Manahawkin, New Jersey) was planted in a perfect spot along the pathway to the football field for all to see. A granite plaque has been purchased and I am in the process of planning an unveiling ceremony for the first anniversary of Ally and Ana's death (March 10th). I would like to thank a good friend of our family, Nate Cagliola, for all his help coordinating this with me. He had a landscaper who wishes to remain anonymous come and plant the tree. It is always humbling to me when people do these wonderful things to help our family, and it is so very much appreciated.
Although it is not great news, I wanted to let you all know that the Medical Examiner's Report finally came back (8 months later) and it was revealed to us that Ally was not sexually assaulted, as we were previously told. However, Anastasia was. We already knew that but these phone calls are always hard. My mom said it's kind of a silver lining, but not to me so much. Anyway I'm sorry to report that but there it is.
One last thing, we are awaiting sentencing this month (November 29th) in Federal Court for the child porn manufacturing charges against Richard Nofsinger (accused murderer of Ally and Ana). He plead guilty to 3 of 8 counts handed down by a Grand Jury and is facing 15-30 years PER COUNT. Please pray that he is given the maximum penalty for those crimes committed against innocent children, and keep them and their families in your prayers, as they are most certainly having a tough time adjusting to their new normal and dealing with the damage that was inflicted on their own child at the hands of this monster. #justiceforallyandana
Hello everyone Today's pre trial conference for the Federal child porn manufacturing charges against Richard Nofsinger (accused murderer of Ally and Ana) was continued due to the filing of a motion regarding new information discovered in the case. The new pre trial hearing will be on Sept 6th with trial now rescheduled to Sept 20-21. My family did not travel to Virginia for today's hearing as we were all planning to go later this month for trial. Now we will be planning a late September road trip to attend trial. Just wanted to give an update to y'all :) As always thank you so much for the continued thoughts and prayers. Our world definitely caught fire on March 10th but we didn't burn down, and that is because of al the love and support we have received from all of you. Love you Ally and Ana #justiceforallyandana
Not sure if you know this, but the State of Virginia will pay up to $5750. each to help with funeral expenses for homicide victims. Just letting you know so that you can collect that toward the expenses. My prayers are with everyone during this difficult time
This is awful what happened I donated 2 times about $30 but I wish I could do more but I'm out of work and handicapped now but I hope if I can do more later on I will. I hope they get these awful no soul people I'll pray for the family,I know the lord is taking care of all of this. God Bless the family
I am so very sorry for your loss!!! I am a psychic medium and if I can be of any assistance to you and your family with helping finding answers, please don't hesitate to contact me. My fb page is called: Laura Cifaldi: New Jersey medium. Again, I'm so sorry for your loss and my thoughts and prayers are with your family. God bless.
I currently dont have money as I have several expenses coming up my house payment etc I'm a mother of 4 kids it truly breaks my heart you and your family are going through this saw your sister picture with your niece I have a daughter around your nieces age who can be so cold hearted to kill a baby I hope justice is served soon and I will make a donation as soon as I can God bless
This is a very heart breaking story its always so sad to see precious young lifes lost due to mentally disturbed people who could ever imagine of hurting a living soul my thoughts are with all the family and friends and i pray they find out who did this and torture them to death.
May god continue to give you the strength to continue to carry on. Two beautiful souls left that day but in your hearts they always stay. I will be praying hard for your family and praying to god the one responsible for this is caught and justice is served for these two beautiful angels. God bless your family now and always
How long can we donate till!
Alyssa was a friend of my daughter Brooke, they cheered together at Norristown. I am so sorry for your loss of two sweet angels. My God give your family strength and comfort. Just know that my family is praying for yours!!! God Bless Ally and Ana and your family!!!