This is our story:
January 29, 1999, in a quiet suburban neighborhood in Yorkshire, Virginia; my two teenage daughters, Stacie age 16 and her sister, Kristie age 14, were brutally attacked in our home.
During an attempted rape Stacie fought desperately to fight off her attacker. She lost the battle and was murdered, when the attacker stabbed her to death. Kristie upon arriving home two hours later was met at her own back door by the murderer. Unsuspecting, she entered her home and upon finding her sister, was forced to the basement. She was brutally attacked and left for dead.
This is our journey:
Upon receiving this heart wrenching news, I was thrown into an instant state of shock. Stacie had been murdered and Kristie’s life hung by a thread. Kristie endured five hours of surgery. I sat by her bedside for three days praying for a miracle, while pouring my heart out to God. He answered. Kristie survived with no physical disabilities.
Together, stumbling blindly through each second of the day, a week later we found ourselves at Stacie’s graveside trying to find the words to say goodbye. Stacie, a freshman and Jr. ROTC cadet, was given a full military honors burial by her fellow comrades.
Kristie and I struggled with survivors guilt and the depression reeked havoc. For seven excruciating years I grieved the loss of Stacie’s murder and Kristie’s attempted murder and sexual assault, shrouded in darkness. The attacker pierced all of our hearts that fateful day.
Lorraine started the S.T.A.C.I.E. Foundation in 2001 as an Impact Speaker seeking answers to questions she didn’t know how to ask. The journey she has traveled has brought peace and healing from unique places, where she found forgiveness.
If you’d like to learn more about Lorraine’s journey, schedule her to speak at your next event.