Monday, January 21, 2013

Love, Peace, and Hope

Earlier this month, the cousin of a good friend of mine was murdered in St. Paul by her husband. The murder of this thirty-two year woman is a horrible sad story and the tragedy is compounded by the fact that she leaves a seventeen-month-old son behind. A site had been established to help provide for this boy name Oliver. The Manya Memorial Fund:

Manya was a warm and caring woman filled with love and hope. She grew up in Dodge Center, Minnesota, and graduated from Triton High School in 1998. She attended Pacific Lutheran University, playing volleyball and earning a bachelor’s of science in psychology. She went on to gain a master’s degree in counseling psychology at Bethel University. Manya worked in management at Target Corp. since 2003 where her co-workers remember her as witty, outgoing and an outstanding worker.

Mayna died tragically from a domestic assault on January 6, 2013 at the young age of 32. She left behind her parents, 4 siblings and a beautiful 17-month-old son Oliver.

His daycare teachers describe Oliver as that child who “lights up the room. He has stolen all of our hearts. He deserves love, peace and hope.”

No one can ever replace his mother but we can join together as a community to support Oliver by providing resources for his education and other future needs. 100% of all contributions will go to benefit Oliver.

Hard to imagine a more worthy cause.