Desperate for relief from her heartache, Rita contacted Margo Eby, Victim Assistance Program Coordinator a month after her mother’s funeral.
What was once arguing escalated to intense physical encounters.
“If I went home, we would get in a fight and it would be dangerous.” Phyllis recalls.
However, it was someone Rita knew that stabbed her 92-year-old mother or “Granny,” as her close friends called her, Memorial weekend 2004 in Highland Twp.
The police detectives on her mother’s case referred Rita to Common Ground for support, specifically the Victim Assistance Program’s Homicide Survivors Support Group.