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Support Group Helping Parents Who Lost Children To Violent Crime

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The Richmond County Sheriff's Office is helping families who have lost children to murder find closure and healing.

Von Daniels, the executive assistant to Sheriff Richard Roundtree, lost her son to a violent crime back in 2007. And although she hasn't fully healed from the loss of her son, she has learned a lot about the grieving process. That's why she created the Angel Hearts Support Group with the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

"About six years ago, my son was killed. His name is Corey Joseph. I was a grieving parent. I'm still a grieving parent. And I decided back then that I wanted to help people," Daniels says.

And now, Von Daniels is doing just that. She created the Angel Hearts Support Group to help other parents who may be going what she went through. It's a way for the parents to connect and talk with each other about their feelings.

"There are still other people out there with a little bit of knowledge of trying to council someone, but it's nothing like when someone has actually been through it. They can understand exactly how it feels. And what you're going though," she says.

That's why Vonda Sanders showed up to the meeting. She lost her 18-year-old son, Bubba, two weeks ago.

"My son was killed over a video game console. A game that he had purchased from someone," Sanders says.

She has been going through a lot of emotions over the last two weeks.

"It's just real. My Bubba. That's all. My Bubba. That's the only thing I can think of. I can't believe this," she says.

Those are feelings that the other mothers are going through as well, and because of that, Sanders is hopeful that they will heal together.

"It felt good. And it also made me feel like what I'm going to be going through the next month, year, or day, or whatever, I have a support group that I can actually come, talk to, vent, and cry," Sanders says.

Daniels is hoping to have a meeting once a month. Any parents who have lost a child because of a violent crime are invited to the meetings.

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