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Tara was homeless and had lost her two little kids to the state within two weeks of her sister Kim’s death. She didn’t know where to turn for help, just that she needed to find some way to cope with her trauma, stay sober and get her kids back.
“I literally had nothing, just the clothes I was wearing,” she said. “But I had to do something for my kids. It was just knowing that there was a chance I would never see my kids again.”
She went to her first Homicide Survivor’s vigil shortly after the trial for the man who shot her sister. She then started going to Homicide Survivors’ support groups and equine therapy. Since then, Tara has stayed sober, regained custody of her children, and has been an active HSI volunteer and voice for survivors.