My name is Tracy Stephens, and thank for taking the time to read my story for help. I was a nurse for many years, married, raising my 3 children. I had a home, a car, and the typical American dream. Until it started in August of 2009. My husband had an affair on me which ended up in divorce. While my kids and I adjusted to our new life things were rough, but we did our best. Then it happened my entire life was turned upside down, to say the least. I woke on the morning of Monday July 19,2010 to find my youngest daughter only 15 years old, Sidnee not in her room nor anywhere in the house. To make an extremely long story shorter. My Sidnee was missing for 7 days and on Sunday July 25, 2010 my daughter’s body was found floating in a creek several miles from our home. She had been there the entire week. Everyone including myself was interviewed by police, investigators you name it. I wasn’t even able to see her body because of being in the water for so long. It took 2 days and 3 sets of dental records just to identify her body. This was what I thought was the hardest time in my life. I lost my job, my home, my car all because of this. In January of 2011 I had a nervous breakdown. Not bad enough to be hospitalized but bad enough I had forgotten my daughter had even died. All 5 suspects were eventually caught and brought to court. They all took plea bargains. Only 1 ever showed remorse of any of his acts. I have since forgiven him for his roll and even helped to reduce his sentence. I’m not a hateful person but forgiving. He to was only 15 years old at the time of her murder. One of the other boys committed suicide in jail while awaiting to be sent to prison. But the most heartbreaking arrest of them all, was my other daughter, Dakota, she was 17 at the time and was dating the boy who put the “hit” out on my daughter. At the time of her arrest she was pregnant and no one knew not even her. I now have been raising my granddaughter alone for over 5 years. Her father is not the one involved in the murder. But he has nothing to do with her at his choice, I’ve tried. It was just in July of 2018 the final one was convicted. 8 years later. The police messed this case up in so many ways. I wasn’t able to file wrongful death suits on anyone because there is a 2 year stature of limitations. I had no idea. Over the years it’s been rough to say the least. My oldest and only son Zach had a very hard time with all of this. I thought he was on the right track, after all he got married in 2014 and had a son in 2015. They were such a happy family. Then tragedy struck again. My daughter in law was killed in a car accident in April of 2017. My son had taken this very hard to say the least. Between losing his sister to murder, one sister in prison, and now his wife gone too. He couldn’t handle it and turned to drugs. We knew he was using and he ended up get his son place in state custody. On April 2,2018 I got the worst call again no parent wants. My son at 27 years old had accidentally overdosed and he was gone too. I was absolutely beside myself. We buried his ashes at the feet of his little sister. My granddaughter and I need a change. Needed away from the area. I had friends in North Dakota that offered us a place a job and a new life. So I saved up for awhile, loaded up everything we owned and moved away. That was very short lived. Everything I had been told by my friends was a lie. We had to sell everything we owned to move back to Illinois. We had no home to come back to. In the process of all the moving I torn my rotator cuff which is very painful. We are currently renting a bedroom at a friends house, the only place we have to stay besides our 1989 Buick lesabre car. I need surgery on my arm but can’t afford it or get help. We are currently living on $228.00 a month. We need our own place. We will need to buy all new furniture or good used is ok with me too. My car need so much work done to it. Now Christmas is coming and this little girl has lost so much I want to do all these things for her and give her a good Christmas. Basically I’m asking for help to get our own place, furniture, help to pay for my surgery because without it I can’t work. Most importantly give this little girl a good Christmas. All of this information can be verified if you Goggle Sidnee Stephens Pinckneyville Illinois, Zachary Jeremiah Steeleville Illinois, or Tracy Stephens Pinckneyville Illinois. Thank you again for your time. God bless.
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If you see this as a duplicate its because I forgot to add my PayPal last time.