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Jody Marchand

In memory of Olivia Live for Liv

February 1, 2010, my life was changed forever.

My husband shot and killed my 17-year-old daughter, Olivia, and shot me in the head, shattering my jaw. Now the bullet sits in my right shoulder forever.

My husband was not just physically abusive, he was emotionally abusive. My mission is to tell my story so everyone is aware of the major problem of domestic violence, and let them know a powerful firearm was used to kill my daughter and cause me severe physical and emotional pain for the rest of my life. After the tragic night, the police found a large number of unregistered guns; however, he used a Glock, and unfortunately, that had been a Christmas gift from me, so I live with the guilt for the rest of my life.

A nonprofit called Live for Liv was started to raise money for victims, provide necessities to victims in a local shelter, provide scholarships, and speak at schools, town meetings, Moms Demand Action meetings, to name just a few. Since the first anniversary date, the Ride for Liv/Run for Liv has taken place so we may raise money to help victims, as well as deposit money into an endowment account to provide transitional housing to those in need. My mission is to educate the public, all ages, and have my daughter Olivia remembered.

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