According to Mothers Of Murdered Angels (MOMA) Founder Melinda Hamilton:
“Mothers of Murdered Angels (MOMA) supports survivors and their families through the aftermath of a crime involving a firearms. Our Foundation eases the financial impact placed upon survivors as a result of gun violence. Gun violence in America is ever-present and shows no prejudice. Survivors often need physical and/or mental health care, assistance with funeral expenses, assistance with court information, counseling, grieving sessions and continuous support for families. While the yearly death toll involving firearms has not declined over the past few years, there are still countless unsuspecting bystanders caught in the deadly crossfire. A bullet does not discriminate, does not have its own agenda, and impacts innocent people regardless of race, gender, or class.
“I have lived in Fort Worth for more than 40 years. I retired from a career managing national accounts for UPS. Over the last 10 years, I have received numerous awards for my work with the East Fort Worth Neighborhood Associate Coalition. I formed MOMA in 2020 after losing a third family member to gun violence. March 18, 1980, my brother at the age of 26 was shot and killed by his estranged ex-wife. June 6, 2018, my daughter at the age of 25 was killed in a drive by shooting. February 6, 2020, my grandson at the age of 19 was on his way to the Air Force to start a career serving our country only to be targeted and gunned down.
“MOMA’s organization is greatly needed. Few people are aware of the benefits and assistance they are entitled to access when they lose a loved one to crime, and frequently they resort to crowdfunding – a draining and potentially humiliating activity – at the most devastating time in their lives. MOMA is developing a service model that will make a great impact not only in Texas but throughout the nation. Our goal for the future is to build a memorial for our angels and to incorporate in other states.”
* Graphic/photo provided by Mothers Of Murdered Angels
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