Johnstown resident Dawn Nasewicz knows the pain of losing a loved one to violence.
Her only son, Aaron Coyle, 18, was murdered Dec. 26, 2000, by two hooded gunmen in the Moxham neighborhood after he refused to give them money.
Now, Nasewicz is hoping to comfort others who have lost friends and family to such tragedies.
She has started the Greater Johnstown/Cambria County Area Chapter of Parents of Murdered Children Inc. (POMC).
“Not long after he was killed, I felt I needed to do something to make sense of what happened and make something positive come out of such a horrible tragedy,” she said.
She started the support group in October for her family and has now taken the group public.
The goal is to love and support family and friends of those killed by homicide, DUI, hit and run and other violence.
After many years struggling to cope with Aaron’s death, she is now ready to help others.
“Now I’m in a place of healing so I can help others,” she said.
POMC is a national organization with more than 50 chapters nationwide, including four in Pennsylvania.
The local chapter meets 6:30 to 8 p.m. the first Monday of the month at the Moxham Church of the Brethren, 536 Grove Ave.
POMC offers programs called Second Opinion Service, Murder is Not Entertainment, The Big Turn Off, Parole Block Program, Silenced Voices and Murder Response Team.
“If I can help at least one family, that would help in my healing,” Nasewicz said.
Anyone interested in attending can contact Nasewicz at 539-5267 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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