I also remember how pure and beautiful Beth was. She was kind, funny and so smart. Beth was innocently goofy, always laughing. Beth and I were best friends. I still think about her every day.
These past 11 months since the SJC ruling have been challenging to say the least. Life has been a roller coaster with more downs than ups. My family is fighting a fight we never imagined we would have to. Since December of 2013, my family has been sharing Beth’s story to everyone who will listen. From State Representatives to TV stations, radio stations and people on the streets. In April I was invited by the DA’s office to speak at the Victim’s Rights conference. Writing my speech made me finally deal with losing Beth. I have always spoken about Beth’s death like it happened to someone else’s family. In May, my brother Sean shared our story to the Judiciary Committee Board, trying to shed light on what it has been like for our family since losing Beth, explaining why reducing life sentences for juvenile murderers convicted to life is a mistake, reminding them of the innocent lives lost and who we lost.
Newly elected politicians will take office in January. We are counting on them to right this wrong. We are fighting for change. We are fighting to make a difference. We are fighting to have Beth’s voice heard. This fight is not over and we still need help.
Thank you everyone who has supported our family this far. We can’t thank you enough. All the letters you have written, phone calls you have made, all the planning and stories you have shared. We are so grateful for you.
Author: Dawn is Beth Brodie's passionate and loving, older sister. Standing along side Beth's family and friends, Dawn is determined to make Beth's voice heard.