FORT MYERS, Fla. - It's a story still shaking Southwest Florida - the 2006 murder of little Coralrose Fullwood. Now, Coralrose's mother is launching a special memorial in her daughter's name.
It's been four years since Coralrose was snatched from her North Port home, raped, and murdered. But the passing of time hasn't healed the heart of her mother, Ellen-Beth.
"It's still September 17th, 2006, as far as I'm concerned," Fullwood said Thursday.
While the man behind the killing, 29-year old Patrick Murphy, is serving a life sentence for the 6-year olds murder, Ellen-Beth says that's not enough. She's now looking to honor her daughter's life by helping other Florida families facing tragedy.
"Kind of out of the ashes of something bad should come something good," she said.
She's launching the Coralrose Fullwood Foundation, a non-profit organization out to help alleviate some of the stresses victim's families go through during a murder investigation.
"My family had this tragedy. I don't want other families to have to go through the same issues," Fullwood said.
The project also plans to help absorb some of the costs of victim counseling, once state-assisted programs run dry...a foundation she hopes will help families, and herself, cope with the unimaginable.
"I think as we start working more and more and get to help people, it will be more and more healing," she said.
For more information on the Coralrose Fullwood Foundation, visit their website at coralrosefullwood.com or email Ellen-Beth Fullwood directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.