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Sharon L. Potter

1125 Chapline Street, Federal Building, Suite 3000 ● Wheeling, WV 26003
(304) 234-0100 ● Contact: Fawn E. Thomas, Public Affairs Specialist



September 23, 2009

Local Chapter for the Parents of Murdered Children
To be Organized in the Ohio Valley Area

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA — With the National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims a few days away, United States Attorney Sharon L. Potter announced that her office will be working with local parents of murdered children and social service organizations to help establish an area chapter of the National Organization of Parents of Murdered Children.
The organization, with chapters across the United States, is the only national self-help organization designed solely to offer support to those persons surviving the loss of a loved one to murder.

West Virginia currently only has one chapter in Williamstown, located in the Southern
District. Ohio County resident Kathy Elliott, who lost her daughter, Kelly Jo, to murder, plans to be involved in the establishment of this local chapter, believing that other victims’ families would benefit from the services and support this organization can provide. Membership will be open to those bereaved by the murder of a loved one and also to professionals who work with grieving families. Additional details will be forthcoming as the formation of the chapter ensues, but any persons wanting further information may call the Victim Witness Coordinator Christina Frizzell at the U.S. Attorney’s Office at (304) 234-0100.

On the National Day of Remembrance last year, family members of murdered victims had an opportunity to decorate quilt squares to honor their loved ones. According to USA Potter, “The squares were assembled and quilted by Susan M. Collins, a Paralegal Specialist with the United States Attorney’s Office. The two beautiful quilts will be on display Friday, September 25, 2009, beginning at 6:00 pm during the 2009 National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims at Heritage Port in Wheeling. The public is certainly invited to attend.”