Jerry's mom called us last night to let us know that his cousin Deborah had been murdered. From what we have been told she had a disagreement with another woman over the phone, and when Deborah arrived at the home of a mutual acquaintance the woman jumped off the porch and stabbed her in the neck. Deborah's oldest daughter and her ex-husband both were there at the time and witnesses to the event. Her ex-husband attempted to get her to the hospital, however she did not make it.
She leaves behind 4 children ranging in age from 9 months to 18 years old, a husband, a father, an ex-husband (with whom she was still friends), her Aunt Carolyn, and cousins.
As you can imagine this has hit all of us pretty hard. Jerry and her were very close when they were young.
We are in Iowa for my grandmother's 85th birthday, and will not be at the funeral. We got the news while traveling. I left the decision up to Jerry if we would continue on up here or turn and go down to his moms. He and the girls chose to continue up here, as we don't want to not get to see my grandparents, especially at their ages. After the reunion we will go down to his mom's to see if there is anything we can do, since I figure by then people will have a chance to figure out what they need, and how best we can help.
Please keep Deborah's kids, husband and father in your thoughts and prayers, as they go through this terrible time. Also keep the rest of the family in your prayers so we can all figure out the best way to help them.