1. FAMILIES & FRIENDS OF
MURDER VICTIMS, Inc.
Newsletter APRIL 2022
*Carol Anderson –
* Cross Walk Church - Redlands
* Ellie Rossi – Mother of David and Lisa
Join FFMV Colton Chapter
Support group meeting
Thursday April 6, 2023
6:30pm – 8:00pm
At our New Meeting Place:
10455 Corporate Drive
(Cross street Redlands Blvd)
Redlands, CA 9237909-754-6969
Enter thru 2nd
building, it will have have a sign
inside Cross Walk Church
Look for pink neon sign on front of building and
on entrance door.
Hope to see you
Thank you, Pastor Tim Gillespie, for
welcoming FFMV Colton Chapter to your
Church. Also thank you to Rosie
Ramirez, mother of “Beto” who helped
in securing our new meeting venue.
FFMV will not have a VRW 2023 Memorial this
year. I have included events in the newsletter.
Thank you, Ellie Rossi, ribbons are in Memory of
David Nystrom & Lisa Cummings.
I will bring ribbons at events I attend.
Light a candle in honor of all victims and for the
healing of their survivors during the week of
Executive Chair of FFMV
Need Someone to Talk To?
* Bertha Flores - Parent - Spanish speaking
(909) 200-5499 (after 3pm)
*Rose Madsen – Parent (909) 798-4803 (after 4pm)
*Donna Lozano - Parent – 760-660-9054
* Palm Springs/Coachella Valley 10am-9pm
*Linda Rodriguez -Parent – 951-369-0010-Home –
951-732-3255 - Riverside
* Ellie Rossi - Parent - 909-810-8133 Yucaipa CA
* Richard McVoy – Adult Sibling –
909-503-5456 – Grand Terrace CA
* Tanya Powell - Parent – 760-596-2292-
Families & Friends of Murder Victims:
A non-profit organization
Dedicated to providing information, support, and
friendship to persons who have experienced the
death of a loved one through the violent act of
Mission: To restore a sense of hope and to
provide a pathway to well-being to those who
have lost a loved one to murder and to those who
are victims of attempted murder.
Love gifts are a specific tax deductible donation made
to the memory of a loved one’s birthday, anniversary
of a death, holiday, or just because which are posted
in newsletter. They are also made by caring
professionals, organizations to help in the work that
FFMV does with victims/survivors. These gifts help
with the expenses incurred in reaching out to others
and operating expenses. When making out a check,
please make payable to FFMV and note Love Gift on
check or envelope.
Love Gifts can be mailed to FFMV-
P.O. Box 11222 San Bernardino, Ca. - 92423-1222
Grief is like an old fashioned set of scales. In
early grief a great load sits on one end. It
stays there laden down with the weight of
our pain. Then it shifts a little, it moves and a
piece gets knocked off. It becomes lighter as
we take the time to work through the pain of
our grief. As we find new and different ways
to keep our loved one a part of our life it gets
lighter again. The scales tip more. We begin
to balance our pain with ease, with small
moments in our everyday life that will
balance us a little bit more, even if it takes
much for us to find them. The scales tip this
way and that, as our grief tips this way and
that........ (Stepping through Grief)
3. APRIL 2023 BIRTHDAYS
Adelaja Nogoma Russ Angel Hernandez
Arthur Ruiz III Ashley Nicole Rivas
Brandon Michael Selph Briseida Campos
Brittany Lynn Rethorn-Riggs
Chris Stirrat David Barry Halson
Halson Dillon Wilson Elsie Redmond
Gregg W. Gibson, II Guillermo Carbajal
Jermaine Darnel Esters Jonathan Lee Sellers
Marques Lemar Johnson Mary Estes
Michael Espino Nicholas “Nicky”Acosta
Noah Ferrer Nyla Torres
Philip Ben Ackley Rebecca “Beckie”Herrera
Rebecca Wojtacki Richard Davila
Roberto“Bobby” Ruiz Jr. Rosa G. Torres
Sommer Clugston Stephanie Gomez
Terri Lynn Winchell Terry L. Stutson
Trevor Johnson Wanda Hesko
Xzavier Albert Taccati
4. APRIL 2023 – In Loving Memory
Angel Canul Angel Hernandez
Brandon Allen Huff Briseida Campos
Cesario Valdez Daniel Svoboda
Darren E. Russell Denise Duerr
Enrique Cerda Faustino Navaratte Jr.
Frank Wellman Jamal Mboya Johnson
Jared Arias Jermaine Darnell Esters Jesus
“Rick” Soto Jr. Joshua Michael Huizar
Michael Villegas Jr.
Michael Chacon Officer David Ruiz
Raymond J. Pantoja Rebecca “Beckie” Herrera
Rhonda McNamara Scott Campbell
Sebastian Orioli Shauna Ann Maynard
Shawn G. Olave Rebecca Wojtacki
Richard Bohannan Xzavier Albert Taccati
You don’t get over your Grief by FORGETTING…
We get Thru Grief by REMEMBERING….
5. LOVE GIFTS
In Loving Memory In Loving Memory In Loving Memory
Darren Russell Bobby Ruiz Jr Nicholas “NICKY” Acosta
9/22/69 – 4/14/05 4/12/82 – 11/20/05 4/13/85 – 9/12/12
In Loving Memory David Charles Nystrom – 2/21/64 - 8/1/98 & Lisa Cummings – 11/13/66 – 3/11/11
Brother and Sister in Heaven ….. now together watching over their Mom (Ellie Rossi)
Name (please print):_________________________________________________________________
Email address: __________________________________________________________
Your Phone # ( ) ____________________Relationship to Victim: _____________________________
Name of Victim: _________________________________________________________________
Date of Birth: Date of Death: ______________________
Please post my loved ones message and/or picture(s) for the month of: ___________
# of pictures enclosed/attached ____________ Use picture on file______________
# of pictures enclosed/attached ____________ Use picture on file__________ Donation: ________
6. Hosted by San Bernardino County District Attorneys Office
Each April, OVC helps lead communities throughout the country in their annual observances of
National Crime Victim' Rights Week (NCVRW) which will be observed on April 18-24, 2021
This year's theme: Support Victims – Build Trust – Engage Communities
Emphasizes the role of the entire community, individually and collectively, as we support victims of
crime and empower them to direct their own recovery. Promoting victims’ rights and honoring crime
victims and those who advocate on their behalf.
Please email of any events being held so I can add to FFMV’s April 2023 newsletter.
Thank you, Ellie Rossi, ribbons are in
Memory of David Nystrom & Lisa Cummings.
Save the Dates
*April 23, 2023 - 11:30am – 1:30pm Justice for Homicide Victims 39th
Annual Victims Memorial
Rose Hills Homicide Victims Memorial at Gate 19 (enter through Gate 20 off Pioneer Blvd)
*San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office
2023- 5:30pm. Central Park in Rancho Cucamonga
April 26 2023- 6:00pm at Victor Valley College in the Performing Arts Center.
*April 24, 2023- 10AM: Crime Victims’ Ceremony, hosted by Orange County District Attorney’s Office Orange County Crime Victims’
Monument – 300 N. Flower Street – Santa Ana, CA 92703
*April 25, 2023 - 8AM: March on the Capitol- Crime Victims United
*April 29, 2023: Greater OC POMC Candlelight Vigil
Memory Garden Memorial Park and Mortuary
455 W. Central Ave
Brea, CA 92821 contact: 714-999-7132 for more information
7. "Survivors of Violent Loss Program"
In late 2022 became the
"Violent Loss Solutions"
Violent Loss Solutions program is a life preserver for many co-victims. They deserve the
kind of specialized support required after the loss of someone in an unnatural, violent way.
It is heartbreaking to lose someone dear to you. Life as it was known becomes shattered.
When someone you love has been murdered or died in a violent way, it is truly
devastating. Beginning in 1998, the “Survivors of Violent Loss Program” in San Diego
began along with the support of many in the community. In late 2022 the “Survivors of
Violent Loss Program” became “Violent Loss Solutions” a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit
The new website www.vloss.org is home for "Violent Loss Solutions". It is our virtual
office for those who live and work with violent death. This National resource provides
information, resources, training, and opportunities for networking with others.
The Mission of this site is to provide a lifeline of hope and healing, addressing
the issues of traumatic grief for those who work to rebuild their life after a
homicide, suicide, drunk driving, or terrorist fatality.
Name: Violent Loss Solutions
Phone: (619) 685-0005
8. From Rose Madsen, Editor/Chair/co-founder of the
Colton Chapter of FFMV
In Memory of my daughter Jennifer LeAnne Balber
12/02/73 – 11/10/94
A 20yr. old SoCal Gas Co. Meter Reader,
Fatally Shot in the Line of Service in Rialto, CA
Light a candle in memory of our Loved Ones the week of April 23-29, 2023.
My beautiful Jen…..I can no longer…See you with my eyes…Touch you with my hands…
But I will feel you in my heart….Forever…Love, Mom
FFMV Executive Board
Rose Madsen – Chair, Mother of Jennifer LeAnne Balber
Dawn Hall– Vice Chair, Mother of Joshua Rexford
Rita Marin – Secretary, Aunt of Jennifer LeAnne Balber
Bertha Flores – Treasurer, Mother of Kristopher Flores
FFMV is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving survivors of murder victims & victims of attempted murder. Our main purpose is to offer grief
support for those victim/survivors. All assistance provided to victims is given free of charge by volunteers. Contributions and/or questions regarding the
policies of FFMV may be addressed to: FFMV Executive Board at P.O. Box 11222 San Bernardino, Ca. 92423-1222, e-mailed to
email@example.com or phoned to 909-754-6969
FFMV is a tax-exempt organization under the Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Service.
Our Organization depends largely upon private donations which will cover operational expenses, Our Annual Family Christmas Memorial
Luncheon, and Our Annual Victims’ Rights Week Memorial. We are seeking a sponsor (s) for our events. Please contact FFMV at the above e-
mail or phone if you are interested. Tax ID #68-0299211 All Contributions
Are Tax Deductible
Keep continued prayers for families that are in the court process trying to get the
JUSTICE they Deserve!!
Chris Martinez & Eddie Urena 10yrs. still no Justice. Jesus (Beto) Oseguera,
Bradley Cunningham, Santos Bonilla, Jonathan Michael Smith,
Elmer & Gladys Benson, & Julian Kilgore
9. 2023 Participant /Photo Release Form for slide show & picture boards
Families & Friends of Murder Victims, INC (FFMV)
Circle one: New Participant ~ Update my information ~ Agency/Non Victim
Please Print Clearly
Date________________ Relationship to Victim_______________________
Victim’s First Name______________________________________________
Victim’s Last Name______________________________________________
Date of Birth _____________ Date of Death__________ Solved: Yes ( ) No ( )
Was this a DUI Yes ( ) No ( ) Was this Domestic Violence Yes ( ) No ( )
Permission to use photo(s): Yes ( ) No ( ) Just add me to e-mail/mailing list to receive
monthly newsletter and event information
I grant to Families & Friends of Murder Victims, Inc. (FFMV), the right to use photograph(s) of
the above-identified subject. I authorize FFMV to use and publish the same in print and/or
electronically. I agree that FFMV may use such photographs with or without his/her name and
for any lawful purpose, including for example such purposes as publicity, illustration, advertising,
and Web content.
I have read and understand the above.
Print Full Name _______________________________________________________
Print Last Name ______________________________________________________
Zip Code _______________Contact Phone(s) with area code____________________
Mail or e-mail participant/release form to: firstname.lastname@example.org
~ FFMV ~ P.O.Box 11222 San Bernardino, CA ~ 92423-1222
I have included a picture ( ) Yes ( ) No use the one on file
Due to getting many returned emails, birthday/anniversary cards and newsletters, FFMV requests that you
complete this form if you have changes to your contact information to continue receiving newsletter,
mailing and emails. Thank You!