When my son, Brian Keith Waugh was murdered, we went through the devastation and grief, the police and justice system trying to deal with all our emotions for a very long time. Then, I decided it was time to do something about all of these emotions; to put all of this sorrow and grief into making a difference in helping others that were going through the same difficulty.
I don't waste my sorrow. I found God's purpose in the mist of my pain by doing everything I can to help other Victims of murder.
The Club no one wanted to join!!
We were organized at The New Beginnings Assembly of God on April 10, 2005. We had our first Board meeting to start the first chapter of Parents of Murdered Children (POMC) in Grayson, Kentucky.
David Flatt - Commonwealth Attorney, now Honorable Judge David Flatt
Pam Harper - Victims Advocate
Dr. Lee Gusster - Chaplain
Wilma Justice - Grief Consultor
Pastor Kyle Burchett
Terry Bauers - co leader
Ann Bauers - Chair leader
Randell Waugh Sr.
We began monthly meetings on the first Monday of each month. We addressed grief and how to navigate the justice system. First speaker was Kentucky State Police Detective Rob Garnes. He spoke about the first murder, Cain and Able.
Second speaker was Senator Charles Borders.
Our group started with two families and grew to twenty families in the Tri-State area.
Ann Bauers went through four leadership trainings and became a certified advocate thanks to National POMC ex director Nancy Rhue Munch. We continued as POMC until 2014 when we decided to start our own organization. Now we have become a national organization, Justice and Hope for Crime Victims. We collaborate with different organizations along with Office for Victims of Crime in Washington, D.C. , Safe Harbor Ashland, Kentucky, Hospice Ashland, Kentucky.
We began hosting Victims Rights Week and National Day of Remberence each year. We continued our meetings and events at New Beginnings until 2011. Then we were blessed to have our own place, 5201 E HWY 60, Grayson, KY 41143, has became our National Headquarters.
Victim survivor balloon launch in Grayson.
Former Chaplain, Pastor Kyle Burchett of our organization. Pastor of The New Beginnings Church of God.
Olive Hill 4th of July parade float. Float provided by Jeff Flaugher, victim survivor.
Former State Senator Charlie Borders stopped by with words of encouragement to the survivors.
Balloon launch September 25, 2006. Pastor Jim Varney gave devotion.
Survivors take it to the Justice Center. Balloon Launch September 25, 2006.
Grayson Memorial Day Parade, May, 2007
Grayson Memorial Day Parade, May, 2007
National Day of Remberence September 25th, 2007.
Former Fire Chief Jack McKinney. RIP
Honorable Judge David Flatt, former Commonwealth Attorney.
National Day of Remberence
Amber Earley student from KCU singing.
Mesha Rodgers from Kentucky Parole Board. RIP
Carter County EMS honored the survivors with a fly over.
KSP Post #14 and Grayson City Police honoring the survivors.
Grayson City George Steele speaking to the survivors.
KSP Post #14 unveiling the Murder Wall.
KSP #14 and Carter County Sheriff Casey Brammell releasing balloons for the Balloon Launch.
Carter County Sheriff Casey Brammell, Carter County Judge Executive Charlie Wallace, Pastor Jim Varney, Deputy Sheriff R.D. Porter, Pastor Kyle Burchett.
Former Kentucky Commonwealth Attorney.
Pastor of New Beginnings Assembly of God Church in Grayson, KY.
Former Pastor of Wolf Creek Baptist Church, Hospice of Ashland chaplain. RIP
National Director of Justice and Hope for Crime Victims. Ann was also chosen to be on The Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear's survivor council.
Bretta was former president of our organization, also served as secretary and treasurer. Bretta was a great asset to this organization.
Board member since beginning.
Remember, all the happiness and joy our loved ones brought into our lives and into the world.
Remind, as individuals, communities, and a Nation as a whole of what has been lost as a result of senseless murder.
Respect, for the life of their loved ones, for their rights as victims in homicide cases, and for court processes that bring murders to justice, and justice to victims.
In 2008, nearly 17,000 people in America were murdered, this is a gruesome statistic. But for families and friends of people who have been senselessly murdered, it's a gruesome and painful reality that alters one's life in immeasurable ways.
September 25th sanctions the annual commemoration of the National Day of Remembrance for Murdered Victims. It is an important day where the loved ones of homicide victims, and countless professionals and volunteers who assist them, remind everyone in our Nation about the devastating impact of homicide and seek respect for the memories of those who have been killed and for those who survive them. As individuals and communities, we must remember that homicide literally turns lives upside down and inside out. The sudden, unexpected loss of a loved one results in grief like no other and irrevocable changes in survivor's lives. We remember that law enforcement, justice agencies, victims advocates and countless others concerned and caring people and programs can make a profound and positive difference in the lives of homicide family survivors. And we can never forget the importance of victims rights. It's up to the surviving loved ones of murdered victims to stand up for the rights of victims who can no longer stand up for their own rights.
We join together in unison to remind everybody that the impact of homicide extends far beyond the deceased victim. Families endure unspeakable trauma that often never ends. When murder strikes schools and businesses, our individual and collective sense of security is shattered. And when we read or hear of another senseless murder, we must remind ourselves that this was someone's mother or father, sister or brother, son or daughter - someone who is loved and be profoundly missed.
Respect for the memory of murdered victims is so critical to those who survive them. They may be gone but, never forgotten. The happiness and love they brought to so many people should be memorialized by us all. We must promote respect for family members and for many victims' rights that protect their interests and needs within our justice processes that bring murderers to justice, justice to victims.