1. FAMILIES & FRIENDS OF
MURDER VICTIMS, Inc.
Newsletter MAY 2023
*Carol Anderson – website
* Cross Walk Church - Redlands
* Ellie Rossi – Mother of David and Lisa
In Loving Memory
11/21/90 – 5/9/13
June 2- 4- 2023 is National Gun Violence
Awareness Day, when we start Wear Orange
Weekend to honor the people shot and killed
or wounded by gun violence, and the survivors
of gun violence. We honor them and renew our
commitment to ending gun violence in America
by taking action and taking part in Wear
As a movement more than six million strong,
we're gearing up to show the country who we
are and why we're working to end gun violence.
To get ready for this year's Wear Orange
Need Someone to Talk To?
* Bertha Flores - Parent - Spanish speaking
(909) 200-5499 (after 3pm)
*Rose Madsen – Parent (909) 798-4803 (after 4pm) Redlands
*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 murder
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
Join FFMV Colton Chapter
Support group meeting
Thursday May 5, 2023
6:30pm – 8:00pm
At our New Meeting Place:
10455 Corporate Drive
(Cross street Redlands Blvd)
Redlands, CA 92373 - 909-754-6969
Enter thru 2nd
building, Cross Walk Church”
Also look for pink neon signs on front of building and
on entrance door.
Hope to see you
3. MAY 2023 – BIRTHDAYS
Abel Gonzales Alicia Chagolla
Amber Fink Angelo “EIO” Huerta
Ashley Caldera Benjamin Armenta
Brian Doyel Bradley Cunningham Cassandra Koochek
Cathy Ann Silvey Chad Jeffrey Norris
Chris Sanchez Daniel Hernandez
Daniel Svoboda Eduardo “Eddy” Vargas
Elena Sylvia Perez Enrique Cerda
John J. Martin John Hillrich Jr
Joshua Michael Huizar Lisel Wiedemann
LonnyWilliams Mario Quiroz
Michael Ribaudo Neal Williams
Nikita Walton Richard Flores Jr. II
Raymond J.Pantoja Robert Anthony Marquez
Robert Minjares Rudy Munoz
Ryan Blakeslee Sedrick Mills
Thomas J Sternad William Jacob Crader Jr.
4. MAY 2023 – In Loving Memory
Anthony Rodriguez Ashley Caldera
Balam Alcarez Brian Brooks
Brian V. King Bryan O’Meara
Corrina Wilson Demetrius Lanier Williams
Dominic T. Reed Enrique Bermudez
Edwinta Hereford ‘Winnie” Franky Mosqueda
Guillermo Carbajal Jarred Mitchell
John Martin Jordon Alan Vigil Sr.
Jose Tamez Karl Dan Claes
Lori Renee Gonzalez Mario Flores
Marques Lemar Johnson Mark Anthony Minchaca
Michael Andrew Rosas Michael Espino
Rhonda McNamara Robert AnthonyMarquez
Ronald Saxton Sebastian Orioli
We Will Always Remember You!
5. LOVE GIFTS
In Loving Memory In Loving Memory In Loving Memory
Brian King Eduardo Vargas Joseph Aguilera
7/30/88 – 5/27/17 5/10/89 – 8/7/11 1/28/76 – 5/19/96
In Loving Memory David Charles Nystrom – 2/21/64 – 7/27/98 & 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. In Loving Memory
Darren E. Russell
Another “Mother’s” Day 9-22-69- -4-14-05
By: Jon Plour
This poem is dedicated to all grieving moms
Another “Mother’s” Day without your loving child is here.
No matter how long since your child has died, the pain is always near.
I watch the expression on her face,
As she rises in the morning, something is out of place.
She tries to smile as she hides her terrible pain,
The tears in her eyes begin to fall like a gentle rain.
Mother’s Day was always a day of happiness and joyful bliss,
After her child’s death, she cries as she longs for their gentle kiss.
No more handmade cards or gifts to make her smile,
She treasures the past memories that will bring her peace for a little while.
Watching all those other children and families lovingly embrace their mom,
Leaves her feeling so jealous, angry and ready to explode like a bomb.
She can’t help feel like she is out of place,
You can see the sadness her face.
Her other children feel her deep pain too,
It is so hard, they know not what to do.
Their love for their mom will always be true,
She knows how much she is loved, though, she is blue.
Mother’s Day should be a day of enjoying her happy children behave,
Not a day of shedding tears at her beloved, dead child’s grave.
For all moms who have had a child die,
We love you and understand why you cry.
We wish you much love, comfort and peace each and every day,
We know that you love and miss your beautiful child on,
Another “Mother’s” Day.
In Loving Memory
Richard Flores Happy Mother’s Day
5-31-82 – 7-12-00 To those whose
Mother is in Heaven
Happy Mother’s Day to you
I miss you every day
You’ll be in my thoughts
Every hour of today
Love and Miss You
8. "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
9. 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
Mother’s Day is quickly approaching and as you all may know; this is a very difficult day for me and many other moms.
I will be thinking of all Moms on Mother's Day and especially Mothers who have lost their children or mother to violence.
I will take a deep breath and pray for a peaceful day for all Moms!
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-
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, 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, & Flores Family
10. 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!