Elizabeth was a typical
16 year old girl growing up in the suburbs and just beginning to date. She was sweet, trusting and always saw the best
in people. No one could ever imagine the senseless brutality she would face less than 12 months later.
Elizabeth started dating a person who not only lied about his age but
his name as well. In the beginning he was kind and thoughtful, but immediately became too serious about the relationship,
professing his love and calling daily. The phone calls began to become excessive and his behavior controlling.
Elizabeth started focusing on time with her friends before graduation and going away to college. She tried to pull away
and end the relationship many times but he was relentless, pleading to get back together and then threatening. He knew
her schedule and habits so he would show up places uninvited and then began stalking her. Elizabeth began
to realize there was something terribly wrong but felt guilty about getting him into trouble, especially since he had already
made her feel guilty about the break-up. She had also started seeing a boy her own age and hoped that he would move
on and grow tired of pursuing her.
June 5th 2005 was a beautiful Sunday morning and Elizabeth left home
at 6:45am to go to work at a local deli, never to return home again. That morning after parking her car, Elizabeth
was confronted by her ex- boyfriend who raped, strangled and stabbed her to death.
Elizabeth's death profoundly effected her family, friends and the
entire community of North Salem. Through Elizabeth's Foundation we hope to prevent this tragedy from occurring to
another young person by educating families about teen dating abuse.