On January 18, 2001 our oldest child, aged 20, was killed by her boyfriend in Barrington, Rhode Island. As you might imagine, our lives have been torn apart by this tragedy. We will never be the same and we struggle every day with our sorrow, anger, and compassion.
Our daughter Katherine Emilie Brown was a loving, trusting, beautiful person inside and out. She thought she could do anything and help anyone. She didn’t have the experience to understand that someone could do serious harm to her. Nothing we do or say will restore our lives, so we seek a new “normal.”
They say something good usually comes from terrible situations. What we have found is that we have wonderful friends and a great support system. These special people have been truly tireless in their efforts to establish and maintain the Katie Brown Educational Program. Such wonderful work has been done. It is work that must continue.
You see, we have another daughter who needs this program as much as every other young person. She needs to know that her sister will be remembered. I never thought anything like this could happen to my family. We didn’t see it coming. I so desperately want to do what I can to see that this never happens to any other family.
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