North Carolina Department of Correction

Victims Voices: Silent No More
National Crime Victims
Rights Weeks

April 25-May1,1999

North Carolina Crime
Victims Day Homepage

Karen Taylor George

Catherine Gallagher Smith

Michael and Chelsea

Saundra Dockery

Photos of Crime Victims Day

Joining together
for victims' voices

April 29, 1999

A celebration of victims'
courage and the enactment
of victims' rights in
North Carolina

North Carolina
Department of Correction
Services for Victims of Crime

Contact Us For More Information:
Office of Citizen Services
Victim Services
2020 Yonkers Rd.
PO Box 29540
Raleigh, NC 27626


Comments from Chelsea and Michael Wood
My name is Chelsea Wood. I'm 9 years old.

I was four years old when my dad was killed. I miss him very much. I wish my dad were still here and that a man didn't kill him.

This year I went to a father and daughter dance. All my friends went and took their dads. I really wanted to go, too, so I took my mom with me. I saw my friends dancing with their dads and it made me so sad because I wanted my dad here so we could dance, too.

I hope that people will stop killing each other, I wish there was less violence in the world. I wish everyone had a whole family. And I wish my dad were still here.

I love you Daddy!

Chelsea Wood,

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My name is Michael Wood. I'm 13 years old.

I'm here today because my family and I lost someone we love very much to a violent crime--my dad.

Five years ago when I was eight, a policeman came to my house in North Raleigh. He told my mom that my father had been shot in his car--that he had died.

I don't remember much more after that--only that my whole life had changed.

Michael Wood, survivor

My mother, sister and I struggled to get some comfort back in our lives. We sold our house and moved to Charlotte, NC, trying to start new memories and leave the horrible ones behind.

I don't have a dad anymore--only memories of what I wish could happen again. I wish my dad could be my baseball coach. I wish we could play Super Mario again. I wish I could hear him play his guitar again and I wish we could all go on beach trips again.

I know those wishes won't come true. I hope in the future, other kids will never have to go through what my little sister and I have felt. I hope that laws are so tough on criminals that they wouldn't dare think about killing anyone. I hope that legislators remember victims and survivors and continue to improve laws to make victims rights better. But mostly, I hope all people will live together and never kill or hurt one another.

The high school kids that were killed in Littleton last week were just a few years older than I am. It's scary to think that kids are killing kids. I hope that legislators look really close at this incident and make changes now so that my sister and I and all kids can go to school without fear of being shot by another kid at school.

A 17-year-old guy killed my dad. I hope all lawmakers get tough on crime. Please let's all work together to make this world safe for all of us!

Thank you.

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