Sunday, July 22, 2007

Jessie Davis' son not only local orphan to violence

I'm thrilled for Blake Davis. The young boy has been through so much in the last few weeks that words really don't capture what he's endured. It was so great to see the community come together yesterday with an auction that raised 20K for his college and also brought a new home for the grandmother and extended family who will now raise him.

Blake will now grow up as a boy whose lost his mother, Jessie Davis, to the violent hands of his father (assuming he's guilty). Unfortunately, Blake has peers in Summit County.

Two little girls in Hudson -- 4-year-old Allison Gorospe and 2-year-old Caitlin -- lost their mother in much the same way. Just like Blake, both girls were in the home when their father killed their mother, Marissa Gorospe, a popular teacher from Brush High School.

The major difference of course is that Joseph Gorospe immediately called authorities and turned himself in whereas Bobby Cutts created a national drama that played out for eight days and involved thousands of volunteers and millions of prayers for a miracle.

The end result for both families is the same: Two Hudson girls are orphaned by a father who murdered their mother in the next room; One North Canton boy is orphaned by a father who murdered his mother in the next room.

Just like Blake, Allison and Caitlin are now being raised by their maternal relatives. They have long-term needs too. Yet, because of the way the mother's death played out publicly (or didn't), there weren't giant auctions scheduled for their college funds and other needs.

Again, I'm so happy for Blake. He is such a special young lad. However, if any of us consider what additional $$ we might send Blake's way, maybe we should consider helping the "other" orphans from marital violence in the area. Unfortunately, it's not as uncommon as it should be.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Actually, Marissa Gorospe/Marci Kornblutt's family is quite wealthy, hence why there were no major fundraising efforts. However, there were donations accepted at National City banks, as well as a "March for Marci".

Anonymous said...

I don't know who you are but you are mistaken. Marci's family is not "wealthy". Her parents are caring for two children with special needs that require constant care and attention and the "in-laws" have not aided in the girls care at all. Please do not speak of that which you do not know. It only creates misconceptions.

Anonymous said...

For your information. the 20 grand was raised to pay for Blake's Grandmother's and other relatives debt. I found this out after being lied to about the organization being a charity. I donated alot of my time and money just to find out how disgraceful the entire family treats each other.

Anonymous said...

To 'Anonymous' who posted on November 2, you are very much mistaken. "Quite wealthy" and being over 70 years old and having planned/saved to survive once one retires are quite different. Have you ever tried raising or educating 2 children with developmental disabilities? Not a cheap or easy thing to do for any parent, none-the-less 70 something grandparents. Thanks for mentioning "March for Marci", but had you attended or looked into it, you would have known that every single cent raised went to Domestic Violence education. Your information is very incorrect and I agree that you should not speak of that which you do not know.

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