Going Home celebration for Essence

$7,270 of $20k goal

Raised by 328 people in 9 months
Melissa Gleeson  STERLING, VA

12457347_1467949693.0652_funddescriptionOn June 22, 2016 Essence Bowman tragically lost her life due to willful police negligence. We still do not have any answers. Left to mourn her passing are her 4 beautiful children, as well as numerous friends and family members. We ask if you could please contribute to her going home celebration as well as to supporting her 4 little ones who will undoubtedly need many things as they transition and stabilize to a new life without their Mommy. Funds beyond what is utilized for funeral service expenses will be placed in a trust for the children to assist them as they grow older and to obtain counseling services as they may need it. 





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Update 5
Posted by Melissa Gleeson
8 months ago
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Hey Everyone,

Its Melissa (Essence's sister in law) again, just wanted to publicly thank each and every single person who donated, shared and viewed this campaign. We literally have had close to 30k views on here alone as well as a tremendous amount of love and support on Twitter and Tumblr as well as quite a few Blog Reporters covering this story and that to us was extremely important and we are forever grateful. We wanted everyone to know exactly who Essence was and to question what happened to her just as we have been. 3 Weeks later and we still do not have answers. 3 Weeks later and the Media have still ignored our phone calls, emails and tweets.

At this point we do not believe there will be any media attention for this and that's unfortunate; Essence lost her life while in police custody and will not be around to raise her children, and with our medias obsession with all things Kardashian-or otherwise mindless, we feel they could have spared at least a few minutes to help us find out what happened.

Our next step will be trying to help the children. After taking care of leftover expenses for the funeral and transportation back to Virginia I will be moving forward with setting up a trust account for the children and making sure they get the things they need.

As my brother moves forward as a single father and the many relatives who will dedicate time, love and resources to the children this will certainly help with getting a stable fresh start for them.

I will still be leaving this campaign open to all who wish to contribute to this memorial fund for the children, as well as posting updates about the children for those interested in hearing.
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Update 4
Posted by Melissa Gleeson
8 months ago
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As if things couldn't get worse. I just received a call from my brother (the children's father) that he was let go from his job because of this. I am horrified that an employer could be so heartless. He literally just buried his wife less than a week ago and just needed a few days off with his children to mourn.
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Update 3
Posted by Melissa Gleeson
8 months ago
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I just wanted everyone to know that services for Essence are planned for 10am this Saturday at Lyles Funeral Home in Purcellville. Thank you again for your kind words and condolences.
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Update 2
Posted by Melissa Gleeson
9 months ago
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Just wanted to thank those who have taken the time to share. To those who have messaged the family with their condolences and well wishes. Again, we are still trying to bring Essence home. We are completely heartbroken and distraught that she is so far away and things still seem so unreal. Please understand that collectively-even $5 dollars will help. Thanks again for your concern. I will keep everyone updated on funeral arrangements once we have her back.
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$7,270 of $20k goal

Raised by 328 people in 9 months
Created June 25, 2016
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Jessica Brandon
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