The day is raging against the tragedy which has befallen a member of our online community and reported in today's news. 19 year-old Allison Myrick--daughter of Steve, a former WBZ colleague who frequently comments on my blog--was murdered on Saturday night. Allison was involved in an abusive relationship. I felt the news like a sharp pain, which immediately gave way to an urgent sense of wanting to do something. In that spirit, and in keeping with Steve's wishes that we talk to our daughter's about abusive relationships, I share with you part of a statement released by Allison's family:
"Last night, January 23, Susan and I learned of the senseless murder of our daughter Allison. She was 19 years old and had just begun her second semester at Fitchburg State College. She was a smart, talented, funny, courageous, compassionate, and sweet young woman.
Her death stemmed from an abusive relationship with a young man she met a few short months ago. Despite all our efforts, we were unable to convince Alli of the danger she was in.
This horrible act of violence illustrates how volatile an abusive relationship can be, and how strong is the abuser's control over his victim. We tried so hard to get through to Allison, but we couldn't save her. If it could happen to her, it could happen to anyone."
Dear Steve, our hearts and souls are with you and your family. We will spread the word.