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‘GOODMAN 9' R Garcia isn’t looking for clo- e from the upcoming trial of j who is charged with murder- son nearly five years ago. But hoping to start a support group quah for victims of violent Want people to know that some- happened in this community and “ ething we can deal with,” ‘_‘ Said. “I don’t want people to be “0 talk about it, or to talk to me.” at something happened about 6 . 18, 1993, when Torn Horn, years old, and his wife, Joelee lecisions.” 30, were savagely attacked, .h blamed "' _y by two transients who were he anti—gr!) gin their Issaquah apartment at 31d our , s Invitation. Joelee survived a regional ~Slashing and strangling. She district’s Ves in California. understiiIl '_ ‘ Torn died two days later of would be 'Ve head injuries. He was beaten .1, said he e head repeatedly with a 5- adn’t yet 1 ’ Iliad-crystal vase. to pro“ en Eckman won an appeal last requested- W" was allowed to withdraw Barbara 1' llty plea to one count each of us in the : egree murder and first-degree 1y from th ted murder, for which he had as of failure' “Wing a 47-year sentence. He [ Commifiedheduled for trial June 16. rating on ‘ ap,s girlfriend, Kimberly ass,» she I 1‘15 serving nine years for plead— commenls “ lty to one cd from d. ’_ l 0f attempt— )rters afler .' fi's"degree r o unlS . . ' 1 pm prlfiC‘pJuSt want to h I just‘want to get this over with. This is forcing me back into ten. People here are very loyal.” She’s also found help in Families and Friends of Missing Persons and Violent Crime Victims, a support net- work started in Seattle in 1975 to pro— vide on-going comfort, education, resources, court support and referrals to people like Garcia. Her goal is to start a Families and Friends group in Issaquah, if she can find a meeting space, preferably donated. “I don’t know where I’d be today without them,” Garcia said of the support network. It’s taken Garcia nearly five years to start sorting out her own life and find some focus. “I feel my needs are with other victims,” Garcia said. She said it took Tom’s murder and her subsequent participation in Families and Friends for her to take notice of the vio— lence and death in her life during the past 25 years. Her only imme- Ovir situations and hav'n me dim family is togeter,o said _ 18-year-old lg to r6219:n {:30- “Thxs deal with Issues d hoped dailghtther Tesafi ar .11! me W0 18 mont Eng/Vin this” mtogsimw had passed. Uflnfortunately, graduates from ,theylive- and having this happens. Tiger Mountain :deal with Community I’d hoped Susan Garcia High School. 5 Passed. Mother of murder victim Torn Horn G a r C i a ’ s yiunately, brother died in pens,” 1973 after being (iii, a nail technician for 27 , edits her clients with helping j“ the past few years. j“ best thing a person can do is tell,” Garcia said. “(My clients) " en. They don’t react. They ' pond. Some do. They just lis- E We’ve Rose healthiest, most gorgeous roses for Northwest gardens. Hurry in now for the best selection! 69 Sunset Celebration, 1998 AARS with beautiful peach colors) stabbed in a California prison. Her parents and only sister died within three months of each other in 1983 and 1984. Her father died of emphy— sema; her mother died during surgery; and her sister died from a head injury received during an asthma attack. specially chosen the of the Year (a “must have' ’This is forcing me back’ Victim’s mom braces for trial with hopes of establishing a local support group In the five years since her son’s death, Garcia also went through a divorce. Her ex-husband, Tesa’s father, has since died of cancer. Tesa’s half brother died of AIDS and Garcia’s niece lost a baby. Tom’s murder brought the number of tragedies to light for Garcia, which she said has been painful. “I never even dealt with my broth- er’s death until lately,” Garcia said. “It’s so overwhelming to me that I withdraw. So I don’t put it out of my mind — but, I like, set it aside or keep it in perspective in a little space here in my brain and deal with it a little at a time.” She really wants to just crawl up in a little ball and be left alone, she said. “But I can’t do that,” she added. “okay and now I am at peaCe,” Garcia “My daughter needs me. I need to survive. It’d be real easy to check out.” Garcia has immersed herself as much as she can in Families and Friends, partially because of a need to be around people with whom she can identify, she said. She attends monthly support meetings in north Seattle. She’d like to be on call 24 hours a day as a victim’s advocate if she did- n’t have to work, and has gone through some of the necessary train- mg. She also accepts donations for Friends and Families in a silver bag kept at her work station at The Boulevard hair salon. Garcia deposits the loose coins in the Coinstar machine at neighboring QFC, where every penny goes to the organization. Lessons For Children & Adults At One Of The Northwest’s Finest Riding Faalities 0 Sale. Protesslonal instruction On Our Reliable School Horses o All ridin levels: Beginner, Interme iate Advanced 0 Daytime 8. Evening Classes lor Individuals 8. 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But she said she recently was vis- ited by her son in a dream. “He said he was okay, and he touched my hand,” Garcia said. “He said he was going now.” She said she believes it’s a sign Tom is moving on to wherever dead souls go. “He’s okay now and I know he’s said. “I can deal with things better.” Trial Press photo by Stacy Goodman Susan Garcia, mother of murder victim Tom Horn, is looking to set up a sup- port group for people whose lives have been affected by violent acts. Her inspiration has been a similar group in Seattle that has helped her deal with her loss through education, court support and comforting. Continued from page A1 Susan Garcia, referred to the trial as a “re-victimization” of her and Joelee. “They’re going to drag my son’s name through the dirt,” Garcia said. “They’re going to make him seem like the bad person.” According to Garcia, Horn only shortly before his death had turned his life around. Horn had spent time in jail and had completed a court-ordered alcohol program. He was employed at Big O Tires. The night before the murder, the Horns had returned from a honeymoon-type vacation in Reno. “He lived his life and did his thing and grew up,” Garcia said. “You teach your children and some day you see that all come. around. I was just seeing that.” The mother and son had reunited on Christmas Day in 1992 after a three-year estrangement. The Horns moved to Issaquah from California in 1990 and convinced Garcia to come here in 1992. Eckman and Talley had accepted plea offers in exchange for a reduction in charges and the state recom- mending low-end, standard-range sentences. The Horns’ downstairs neighbor at the time, Rhonda McIntosh, has been credited with saving Joelee’s life. McIntosh interrupted the attack on Joelee when she heard loud thumping noises and went to investigate. When McIntosh heard Joelee’s screams, Talley explained the Horns were arguing. 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