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The outpouring of support for our family has been overwhelming in such a positive way.   Emily’s senseless murder has shaken us all to the core.   Jenn & Tommy’s closest friends spending endless hours offering comfort have helped make each day bearable for them to the best of their ability.    Family friends from near and far, educators, community leaders, law enforcement officers, Em’s childhood and current friends have all rallied around us and have helped in so many ways.   Local businesses have been so supportive and we are so grateful to them all for taking care of the celebration service reception a couple weeks ago.    This is who Bethel is.  It’s the community that we were raised in and the community that we so proudly call our home.

The emotional scars are deep and in many ways, will never heal.    Each time new information becomes available, it opens the wounds for all of us.   We are currently entering a new phase which is ensuring that this monster pays for taking Emily from us.   The collective hard work of the local and out of state detective bureaus resulted in an arrest that will guarantee that this soulless human being will never hurt anyone ever again.    Jenn has shown us what the true definition of courage is.   Courage is having the ability to reach deep into your inner self and find the strength to get through the day under the worst possible circumstances. 

Above and beyond the emotional pain, there has already been and there will continue to be financial hardships for Jenn and Tommy as they navigate these uncharted waters.   Jenn was well on her way to building a successful private practice as a child therapist dedicating herself to helping others through lifes challenges.   Given the current circumstances, she will need to focus 100% on herself, Tommy and their 8 year old son.   Tommy has not worked since the day we received the tragic news 3 weeks ago and will be taking whatever additional time he needs as his family’s emotional well being is currently his top priority.  Time has come to a screeching halt for Jenn and Tommy but unfortunately, the financial obligations of their daily lives have not.    They are no different than most of us in that losing 100% of their income for an indefinite period will have serious financial consequences going forward.

With that said as a family, and with Jenn and Tommy’s reluctant blessing, we have established this GoFundMe to assist them with the expenses of day to day life as they continue to grieve the loss of Emily.   It is extremely unfair that on top of losing Emily in the most tragic of circumstances, that financial pressures are already starting to mount as we speak.   One example of an unforseen financial consequence of this tragedy is that the car that Emily was driving was 1 year into a 3 year lease.  While we are going to make a heartfelt plea to the leasing company, it is highly likely that the remaining 2 years will have to be paid in full in order to satisfy the contract.   The list goes on and on and therefore we are hoping that you will consider making a contribution to this fund and/or share it to friends and family on our behalf. 

In closing, I can assure you all that as we progress through the grieving process, our family will collectively band together and find ways to make this world a better and safer place for us all.    My sister, when she sets her sight on a cause, will move mountains to honor Emily’s memory.    We will not allow Emily’s death to be in vain.   

Thank you for taking the time to read through to the end.   Our deepest appreciation to you all and peace be with you as we head into 2019.

Written on behalf of The Lawlor, Henry, Delaney and Bond families.
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Good Morning,

Just a quick update. Based on a number of circumstances, the family has decided to keep the GoFundMe campaign open so that people that have not had a chance to donate may do so at their leisure. There are a number of ideas floating around and having the GoFundMe available makes the most sense at this time.

As Emily was a 2011 graduate of Bethel High School, on February 6th 2019 at 7pm, the Bethel High School All Sports Booster Club has decided to hold a bake sale at Bethel High during one of the most heavily attended basketball games of the season. The secretary of the organization, approached her place of business and they have graciously decided to make a matching donation up to $500 raised that evening.

Donations to this point have been received and a bank check has been issued to Jenn & Tom.

Thank you all again for your support. Please continue to keep our family in your thoughts and prayers.
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Good Evening,

As this fundraising campaign comes to a close, I wanted to take a moment to thank every single person that has donated to and/or shared it on your social media accounts. This money will enable Jenn and Tommy to catch up with the recurring bills that continued to come during a period of time that both were grieving and unable to work.

For those that don't know, Jenn is my sister and Emily was my niece. The past 6 weeks have been a very difficult time for our entire family. Things will never be the same for any of us, especially Jenn, Tommy & Sean.

Per GoFundMe policy, I am updating all donors on the process that I intend to use for Jenn and Tommy to receive the funds. In the next few days, all available funds will be transferred to Jenn from my account in the form of a bank check. Upon completion of that transfer, I will be closing the GoFundMe to future donations.

Thank you again to everyone that has donated, shared, called, visited, texted, emailed, sent or made food for Jenn & Tommy or sent Christmas presents for Sean at a very difficult time. You acts of kindness will forever stay in my heart.

Peace and Love to you all
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Kindness and Compassion…….the fabric that binds our day to day lives

A quick update and a story…..

It has been a month of unimaginable sadness for my family since my niece was taken from us senselessly by a soulless monster. The wheels of justice are now in motion and I find peace in knowing that he will never step foot outside of prison walls until the day they put him in the ground.

Though the past month has been so difficult on those that I love the most, my family has been the beneficiary of an outpouring of community support at a level that I couldn’t have imagined. The kind words, never ending bear hugs from perfect strangers, nightly meals being dropped off at Jenn’s house, goods and services from local businesses and of course the financial support through the GoFundMe.

My nephew has gone back to school with a solid plan to support his difficult days ahead. My brother in law is attempting to ease back into work while being acutely aware of Jenn needing his emotional support at the same time. That leaves my heartbroken sister. She is at the beginning stages of exploring emotional supports to help her through this horrific tragedy. I have said it before and I will say it again……her courage is second to none and I’m not sure if I could ever be even remotely as strong as she has over this past month.

I wanted to share a story with everyone that reads this forum. A story about a degree of kindness that I have NEVER witnessed first hand in my 51 years on this earth. Each member of my family has taken on various responsibilities to help Jenn, Tommy and Sean get through each day. The nature of my professional life led me to assume some of the business and financial type issues that have arose since Emily was taken from us.

2 weeks ago, I had to retrieve Em’s car from the impound lot where it was being held as evidence. She loved that car but as you can imagine, Jenn could not handle the thought of seeing it ever again as that monster was the last one to drive it after he took her life. So, faced with 2 years remaining on the lease, I took the car yesterday to Danbury Kia in hopes of finding a solution to this problem. I had a number of people tell me that there is no way to break the lease and that to be free of it, it would need to be paid in full. That was confirmed by the lease contract and extensive internet research I had done. Well, that’s where the story begins.

I, and a very close family friend, asked for the General Manager and we were brought to the desk of Mr. Sal Sinardi. We introduced ourselves and I began to tell the story. Within minutes, Mr. Sinardi was overcome with emotion. It was all over his face. He asked if he could see the car and we took a walk outside. He took a quick lap around the car, opened one door to look inside and asked me how many miles were on the car. We then headed back to his desk where he started typing on his computer. During this time, we were introduced to the leasing specialist, Jeff Sousou. Both of these gentlemen told me that they have daughters around Emily’s age and were shaken by the thought of being in my sister’s shoes. About 5 minutes later, Mr. Sinardi printed out a piece of paper, handed it to me and said “I just paid the car off. It now belongs to my dealership. It’s the very least I can do. I am so sorry for your family’s tragic loss. “ Goosebumps, a hot flash and tears ensued. My friend and I just stared at each other unable to get a word out for what seemed an eternity. This was contrary to what I was prepared for. In my mind I had gone over the conversation(s) that I was planning on having in hopes that someone would work out some way to lessen the blow to Jenn and Tommy. None of those scenarios had to play out.

I have questioned so many things societally and spiritually since Emily was taken from us. I am angry that we will be forever victimized by such a senseless act of violence. I have always been one to search out the positive but that all changed a month ago. The world we live in is full of unknowns and as I have said before, our time together is not guaranteed. The kind actions of Mr. Sinardi should be acknowledged and celebrated indefinitely. If you are so inclined to send a quick note, I am putting his contact information below. I am hopeful that his inbox will be flooded for what he has done for my family.

Sal Sinardi – Danbury Kia – General Sales Manager – ssinardi@danburyauto.com

As always, thank you for reading through to the end of another lengthy post. We all grieve differently and telling Em’s story, updating everyone on Jenn & Tommy and celebrating the kindness are the ways that I am processing this nightmare.

Peace and love to all
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I wanted to say how incredibly grateful Jenn, Tommy and our entire family is for this outpouring of support. Our family will pay this kindness forward in as many ways as possible.

Please pray for Jenn, Tommy and their 8 year old son's continued healing as they go through the grieving process.

We ask that you continue to share this near and far so we can take some of the financial pressure off of them in the near term.
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