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Jireh-Shalom in 2019: A New Awakening
Background: In February 2002, my niece Keenya and her infant daughter were living with me in my home in Tacoma, Washington. A boy knocked on the door and she opened it for him. The boy, 16-year-old Lee Boyd Malvo, shot her point blank in the face. Her body was discovered by my then 14-year-old daughter. Keenya was killed by Malvo at the direction of his much older accomplice, John Allen Muhammad. The pair would later go on to become known as the “DC Snipers--,” going on a shooting spree in the DC area that left ten dead. I had worked as the Muhammads' accountant for a period of time. I had eventually learned that I had been the intended target in the shooting of my niece because of my support of John Allen Muhammad’s former wife during their child custody hearing. Because of the child custody hearing I attended in support of his former wife Mildred Muhammad, I eventually realized I was the intended target in the shooting of my niece.

It's one thing to have a loved one killed, but it is quite another when you are the one intended to receive the bullet. In addition to the loss of my beloved niece, our family had to care for her suddenly motherless baby, and the strain on family relationships from the shooting caused my crumbling marriage to shatter. While living in an extreme state of mourning, I also suffered survivor's guilt. There were times when this combination of painful factors made me feel as if I no longer wanted to live.

I needed a new point on which to focus.

Jireh-Shalom Foundation

Jireh-Shalom Foundation's purpose is to advocate for people whom the system has failed -- like Lee Malvo himself, family members and survivors of crimes. We do not believe that extreme and unusual punishments are fitting for young people. We believe in truth telling to reconcile traumatic experiences. We believe in wholistic healing and self care. Jireh-Shalom creates a community for those who have lost loved ones to, or have survived, violence committed by youth.

Founded in 2004, the Jireh-Shalom Foundation has been committed to the domestic and economic empowerment of children and their families. Through engaging and convening people who are in pain and offering them purpose is a tried and true part of our work to date. Jireh-Shalom is committed to truth and reconciliation of trauma; healing in incomparable ways for the survivor families themselves. This advocacy is remarkably effective.

Objectives

  • Offering virtual training academies to survivor families on healing circles, local organizing, and advocacy / public speaking on truth and reconciliation of traumatic experiences;
  • Formalizing national networks for survivor families who want to reconcile traumatic experiences.
Book Review: The 'Why' Factor
America and the rest of the World stood still in fearful, gripping silence as a relentless killer took aim at the seemingly innocent. Serial Killer, Murderer, Terrorist, Extremist were just a few of the many negative connotations that circulated the "Gossip Center" that we call the media. CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS and every major broadcast company aired the remains of the onslaught upon the innocent. Law enforcement seemed to be just a few minutes behind on each encounter as the world watched our miscalculations of the would be assassins being described as anything other than African Americans.

Now more of the story is told in Isa Nichols' book, The Why Factor.

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GENESIS: The Bullet Was Meant For Me
As the execution date approaches for the D.C. Sniper, a Tacoma woman who knew him claims his first bullet was meant for her. Isa Farrington-Nichols tells her story in her new book, "Genesis: The Bullet Was Meant For Me, DC Sniper Untold Story."

For 23 days in 2002, snipers terrorized the Washington, D.C. area.

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SNIPER ATTACKS: The Legal Case
Prosecutors, hoping to persuade a jury to sentence convicted Washington-area sniper John Allen Muhammad to death, Tuesday tried to link him to the killing of a Washington state woman.

Sniper jury hears about West Coast slaying

Nichols, 'Why' Get National Press Attention
Isa Nichols, Jireh-Shalom, and Isa's 'The Why Factor' have received coverage in the national press. For example:

CNN Law Center -Isa Nichols points out Muhammad during the penalty phase of the convicted sniper's trial.

Post-Gazette -Malvo and Muhammad charged or suspected in nine shootings before D.C.-area sniper spree.

South Coast Today - Muhammad's ex-wife tells of life in fear, hiding

Washington Post - 'I'm Sure He Had Me in His Scope' - Muhammad's Ex-Wife Links Killings to Custody Fight
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