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Mother of murdered son organizes murder victims walk

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WATERLOO (KWWL) - An Eastern Iowa mother is making it her mission to help families who are impacted by murder.

When Heidi Maring Thompson told her then-husband to pick up their child, Anthony, from her mother's home, she never thought it would be the last time she'd ever talk to him.


"He ended up seeing police but before that he said here do you want to talk to Anthony," said Maring Thompson.

Thompson's husband handed Anthony the phone.

"I said how are you? Mommy loves you and he says I'm ok. I love you. I said mommy loves you so much and I just kept telling him over and over again that I love him," said Maring Thompson.

 Those were her last words to her sweet eight year old son.

"Then I heard Anthony scream and I fell to the ground," said Maring Thompson.

Anthony's father had stabbed him in the heart with a kitchen knife. 


Thompson has lived with grief for years. She says the whole incident stemmed from a fight the couple had. 

Now she is turning her grief into support for others who have dealt with murder too.

"They're left behind to deal with all of this and they're grieving as well in their own ways. I want to let people know that we have our own personal anniversaries and stuff that we deal with but in general the community need to come around and take notice in this day to support the people that are dealing with grief," said Maring Thompson.

Anthony's father's body was found a few days after Anthony was murdered. He had hung himself.


Thursday is  National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims. Dozens gathered in Waterloo for a balloon launch and short walk to honor the day.

 

 

 

 

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