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Woman creates new support group for families of gun violence in Anderson

Posted at 5:33 PM, Feb 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-17 18:52:25-05

ANDERSON — A Central Indiana woman is helping families of victims of gun violence after her son was killed and she said she had no where to turn.

After her 38-year-old son, Tommy Ogle, was shot and killed over an argument in an alley near downtown Anderson, Sandy Stapleton was looking for support groups.

Stapleton said she tried the grief group at her church, but no one could relate to losing a child in a murder.

"Someone else took their life," Stapleton said. "It wasn't out of sickness that you can prepare yourself for or even a car accident. That to me would be an act of God. And if someone else pulls the trigger, then that's not an act of God. That's an act of someone else."

She then tried Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, but the closest chapter was in Muncie, so she decided to start her own group, Tommy's Voice.

Stapleton plans to bring counselors and experts to speak, listen to people's stories, a shoulder to cry on, and resources, during the meetings.

"I do know that there's other moms out there, there's other sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles that have lost people due to a gun violence," Stapleton said. "Because it's everywhere."

The first meeting is scheduled for 6-9 p.m. Thursday at Cross Roads United Methodist Church in Anderson.

Group meetings for Tommy's Voice are scheduled for the third Thursday of every month.

To learn more about the group, you can call 765-635-8778.

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